About us

Founded in 2017 by educator and certified sex therapist Martha Kauppi, the Institute for Relational Intimacy encompasses an established psychotherapy practice and an expanding array of therapist training opportunities, all rooted in the concept that relationships and sexuality are at the core of life.

Meet the Founder

Martha Kauppi is a marriage and family therapist, educator, and AASECT-certified sex therapist and supervisor. She has a lifelong career in sexual health, counseling, and creative education. In her first career as a midwife, she worked with families experiencing transitions around pregnancy and childbirth. In this role she attended over 350 births, developing strong skills with family systems counseling as well as experience guiding and witnessing miracles. Before leaving that career, she replaced herself many times over by developing a 600-hour curriculum based on role play and using it to train midwives to excel with an immeasurably complicated skill set.

Martha then returned to her first love, art. She combined various techniques for working with hot glass in order to explore light, shadow, refraction, and the magic that shifts us from darkness to hope, lifting us up.

All of the threads of Martha’s previous careers come together now as she works directly with clients and trains therapists. Her interest in the miracle of healing and change persists. Her dream is to debunk myths and prominent cultural beliefs that disrupt intimate connections between partners and help create a world where it is easy to find a therapist who can work effectively with relational intimacy challenges.



Therapy, Training and Events

My method for living a more peaceful life is simple and easy to follow. 


The Institute for Relational Intimacy therapy practice provides individual and relational therapy with Martha or one of her associates. The Institute is committed to competence working with a full array of sex issues, including sexual health concerns, alternative sexualities, problematic sexual behavior, and LGBTQAI+ related concerns.

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Training opportunities for therapists provided by the Institute are all created and offered by Martha to meet the need for excellent and accessible education for therapists about sex and sexuality. Martha also offers consultation to therapists and occasional opportunities for supervision.

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Would you like to hear Martha present in person? You can view her upcoming speaking events and workshops.

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