Dr. Pega Ren holds a master’s degree in Public Health and a doctorate in sexology. She has been in private practice as a sex therapist and relationship counsellor in Vancouver and Nelson, British Columbia, Canada since 1988.
She has been writing the Ask the Expert column in Xtra newspaper since 2005 as well as being a regular contributor to Huffington Post. She served as supervisor of in-house therapists at Health Initiatives for Men, taught sexuality classes in the Women’s Studies and Continuing Education departments at Simon Fraser University in the 90s, and wrote and hosted Let’s Talk Sex for OUT-TV in 2008. She presents at colleges, universities and other groups regarding sexual issues.
She is registered as a clinical counsellor in British Columbia and is a member in good standing of many professional organizations. (link)
Dr Ren studied for her MPH degree in response to the AIDS epidemic of the past few decades. She remains current on topics of communicable diseases and physiological concerns of sexuality, including the sexual side effects of medications. She has a special interest in the effects of aging on men and women’s bodies.
She continued her education with a doctorate degree in sexology. Besides knowing a lot about sex itself, she learned to develop a truly positive attitude towards all forms of sexuality. And she learned to be nonjudgmental—that’s something you really want to look for in a sex therapist.
She’s read hundreds of books on the many, many sorts of issues that come through her door. She regularly attends conferences to stay abreast on the best and newest sexuality research available. She writes reviews of new sexuality literature and teaches sex therapy to non-sex therapists. She is also involved in a mentoring program, helping young professionals learn their stuff in this ever-more-academic field.
You want to entrust your relationship issues to someone who understands the intimate nature of bonded relationships. Dr Ren doesn’t take sides. She works for each/all of you to help you explore your best possible options to improve or dissolve--depending on circumstances and your wishes--the significant life connections you have made.
You can tell her anything. She’s heard it all. She welcomes your unique stories and will work diligently to bring you to a place of optimal acceptance and appreciation.