“People who wade into discomfort and vulnerability and tell the truth about their stories are the real badasses.”
— -Brene Brown, Rising Strong

Oh, Hi. I'm Rena McDaniel.

I'm a Certified Sexologist passionate about helping folks dive deep into pleasure with boldness and courage.

Queer | Pleasure-Positive Sex Therapist, Coach, and Educator | Writer/Speaker/Conversation-Haver | Personal Development Junkie | Lover of Coffee & Brunch | Adventurer | Hogwarts Enthusiast | Dancing it Out 

If you’ve ever laid in bed at night and felt any of these things, you’re in the right place:

  • The rest of the world wants to put you into a nice, neat, tiny, tidy little box when it comes to sex, sexuality, relationships, & gender. And that box feels completely suffocating because all those things feel like a big, beautiful mess to you. 

  • Broken, unloveable, or hopeless when it comes to sex and relationships

  • Stuck, uninspired, & bored with your sex life

  • No one gets you

  • Your past defines your future

  • Disconnected from your body because of its size/shape/assigned gender/pain/disability and found it incredibly frustrating because you want to have good sex and it just doesn’t seem possible for you

  • A desire to explore what feels really and truly authentic for you but have no clue where to start and honestly are pretty terrified of it because, let’s face it, this shit is scary and vulnerable. 

I see you. 

 

My name is Rena McDaniel. I am a Certified Sexologist through the American College of Sexologists and graduated from the University of Michigan’s Sexual Health Certificate Program with specializations in Sex Therapy and Sexuality Education. I received a Master of Education degree in Community Counseling from DePaul University in Chicago and am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois, working as the Chief Operating Officer and a Sex Therapist at an LGBTQ counseling agency, specializing in the LGBTQ population, trauma, and queer identity. 

 My interest in Sex Therapy and Sexuality Education happened very organically. Through my work with the LGBTQ population, I started hearing more and more sexual concerns that were impacting folk's lives. I developed a passion for helping people break down barriers to bringing their whole self to their sexuality. 

I’m also a human who has been on a journey of self-discovery for quite a while, a journey that has taken some turns that are surprising, delightful, and painful (sometimes all at the same time).

 ***Please note that the views expressed on this site are my own and not necessarily those of my place of employment and any information provided or interaction that we have does not replace you seeing a therapist, seeking necessary mental health care, or constitues a professional relationship. If you feel like your life or another's life is in danger, please call 911 immediately or go to your nearest emergency room.***

 

 

Coaching sessions with Rena have been so helpful during an exciting yet confusing transition in my life. I am new to polyamory and in a primary relationship with a wonderful man. He and I decided to open our relationship to other woman. Rena helped us navigate how to do this in an ethical and responsible way that benefits us all. She was very positive, warm and validating and gave me practical tools and resources that helped give me be more clear about what I want and who I am. Thank you Rena!
— -Lynn
I teach a graduate course called Sexual Behavior: Research and Practice Issues, and this past summer, I invited Rena to come and give a guest lecture. Her presentation was accessible, thought provoking, and clear, and it provided a wonderful outside perspective for the students in the course. I especially appreciated Rena’s sensitivity to how gender, sexual orientation, disability, and other aspects of difference can impact what sexual and romantic relationships might look like, and she put the class at ease with her approachability and frank way of speaking. Rena’s perspective and knowledge were a valuable addition to the course experience!
— -Fawna Stockwell, PhD, BCBA-D Affiliate Professor, Applied Behavior Analysis Department, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology