Good Sex in Rancho Mirage
Anyone who’s ever spent any time in Rancho Mirage knows that the city is home to some of the desert’s most unique attractions, accommodations, and services. But here’s a truly gargantuan groundbreaker: Dr. Winston Wilde—a doctor of human sexuality and the only certified sex therapist in the Palm Springs Valley—has established the Desert Center for Sexuality Awareness, the only sexual health service center in the area.
Wilde and his trained staff of open-minded and sex-smart therapists and educators—whose joint mission is to assist the public in creating sexual health and happiness for all—will host an open house on Friday, November 2, from 6-8 p.m., at the center, which is located at 71-777 San Jacinto Drive, Suite 204, in Rancho Mirage. The event is not only an invitation to the desert community to visit the new offices, but also to honor both Gay Pride and Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead). “We will be showing a short documentary film on Latin families coping with gay and lesbian family members,” says Wilde. “We’ll offer tamales and Mexican food to help celebrate this great Mexican holiday. To honor our dead there will be an altar for anyone to bring photos of their lost loved ones, or relics.”
In addition to offering continuing education for professionals such as marriage and family therapists, social workers, and nurses, the center provides psychotherapy and sex therapy for individuals, couples, and families. From kids to seniors—straight, gay, bisexual, and transgender—everyone is welcome. “Some folks have out of control compulsive sexual behaviors,” says Wilde. “Couples often struggle to achieve a mutual satisfaction. Other people discover new aspects about their sexualities as they age, that they need a little guidance with.”
Asked how he chose his location, Wilde says, “We like Rancho Mirage, and being in between The River and Whitewater Park. We feel that not only is Rancho Mirage centrally located, but also that it’s the heart of the Valley. Everyone has been really great with us, from city hall to the police department.”
While the good doctor says it’s tough to come up with a one-size-fits-all description of “healthy sex,” he will say that “at the Desert Center for Sexuality Awareness we promote people caring for their bodies and hearts, as well as for the bodies and hearts of their partners, and for the happiness and well-being of all.” 400 words