Dr. Tristan McBain, PhD, LMFT, LPC, NCC

Tristan McBain PhD, LPC, LMFT, NCC

Licensing & Certifications:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • National Certified Counselor

Professional Background

Dr. Tristan McBain is a Couples and Sex Therapist, serving clients all throughout the state of Michigan. As a small-business entrepreneur, Dr. McBain opened McBain Counseling & Relationship Services, PLLC, an online private practice specializing in relationship and sex therapy, in 2022. Dr. McBain is also a published researcher in the area of infertility grief. She has given presentations, speeches, consultations and written numerous papers about her work on infertility, and the traumatic effect it has on those affected.

In her private practice, Dr. McBain works with adult individuals and couples to enhance intimacy and communication, reduce sexual concerns, and build confidence. In addition to helping couples develop stronger intimate connections, Dr. McBain specializes in working with couples afflicted by infertility, those dealing with an affair or betrayal, and relationships navigating polyamory and ethical non-monogamy.

In addition to writing for ChoosingTherapy.com, Dr. Tristan McBain’s expertise has been featured in Counseling Today and The Family Journal.

Professional Affiliations:

American Counseling Association
International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors
American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists


Sexual Health Certificate Program: Sex Therapy & Sexuality Education, University of Michigan
Ph.D., Counselor Education, Western Michigan University
M.A., Counselor Education: Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling, Western Michigan University

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Areas of Focus

Dr. Tristan McBain is a leading Couples and Sex Therapist in Michigan, specializing in sex therapy, relationship counseling, and sexual health. With extensive experience and a commitment to client-centered care, Dr. McBain helps individuals and couples navigate intimacy, sexual concerns, and complex relationship dynamics.

Dr. Tristan McBain utilizes a number of therapeutic approaches, including:

  • Sex Therapy
  • Couples and Relationship Therapy
  • Sexual Health
  • Infertility
  • Polyamory and Ethical Non-monogamy
  • Infidelity

Coping With Infertility: What You Can Do & Who Can Help

Coping With Infertility: What You Can Do & Who Can Help

Coping with infertility issues can be difficult for a lot of couples. With the right support system and coping skills in place, it is possible to overcome the negative feelings of dealing with infertility.

April 4, 2020
Infidelity: Types, Causes, & Effects

Infidelity: Types, Causes, & Effects

Infidelity is physical or emotional unfaithfulness in a partnership, and it often results in profound emotional damage. Healing requires both partners to take an honest look into what led to the infidelity, and deal with the parts of the relationship that were unsatisfying. When both partners are committed to repairing the relationship, trust and intimacy can be rebuilt.

April 4, 2020
Postpartum Depression: Signs, Symptoms, & Treatments

Postpartum Depression: Signs, Symptoms, & Treatments

Postpartum depression is a condition characterized by severe mood swings, hopelessness, and fatigue. Untreated postpartum depression can challenge your ability to tend to you and your baby’s needs, but with the help of your doctor, you can find a therapeutic or medicinal treatment regimen that works for you.

April 4, 2020
The Gottman Method: What It Is & What to Expect

The Gottman Method: What It Is & What to Expect

Gottman Method couples therapy is a scientifically-backed, integrative approach to therapy that helps partners improve their connection by enriching friendship, bolstering tools for effective conflict management, and creating shared meaning in their life together.

April 4, 2020

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