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I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Certified Sex Therapist, and I am trained in Narrative Therapy. I earned my masters’ in Clinical Social Work and Human Sexuality from Widener University in PA and I have a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with concentrations in Health Studies and Sociology. I currently work with people who are being affected by many different problems, from mental health to behavioral. I specialize on sexuality-related difficulties (problems of sexual self-control, sexual deviance), but also love working with sexual minorities, especially LGBTQ+ youth and young adults.
I believe change is possible, and that change can happen when people become inspired by something in their lives. But being inspired is difficult when the problems we’re dealing with take center stage, stealing the spotlight from who we are or want to be. I also believe intentionality is an important aspect of change, and that gaining clarity about one’s intentions can create movement and transformation. Narrative conversations can facilitate this process of change for you.
Narrative Therapy is one of the biggest passions of my life. Narrative is something I chose, not something I was forced to learn or use in my work with people. Choice is part of why this form of practicing therapy means so much to me. I am formally trained in Narrative Therapy and continue to be involved in learning and teaching Narrative ideas and practices.
Narrative Therapy is a non-judgmental and collaborative approach to helping people separate from the problems affecting their experiences in their life. I believe that Narrative Therapy can help people break free from restricting self-narratives by reconnecting them with alternative stories of their lives and the intentions that support their preferred realities.
"Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity" - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Sexuality is more than a physical experience, the landscape of sexuality can also include emotional, relational, biological, psychological, spiritual, and cultural experiences. I approach sexual difficulties hollistically, and I place great value on the relationship between person and environment. The stories and lived experiences of people's lives can present opportunities for change or improvement. Therefore, examining the stories that have shaped people’s meanings regarding different aspects of sexuality and intimacy, is an essential part of sex therapy.
As a sex and narrative therapist, developing a collaborative therapeutic relationship is important to me because it allows me to assist my clients in re-authoring their sexual identities and experiences. A competent sex therapist must be able to address the unique nature of the various aspects of clients’ sexuality and the difficulties for which they seek assistance. In addition, a Narrative approach to sex therapy affords us the opportunity to unpack sexual shame and stigma head on and authentically.
I work with individuals wanting to break free from the problems that affect their living experiences. Individual therapy can be an effective method for creating more meaning in one's life.
I use a collaborative systemic approach to couples and family therapy. We identify the problems preventing couples and families from preferred interactions and relational dynamics. Therapy involves recognizing problem solving abilities to help reduce the negative effects of the problems.
I have been working with adolescents for most of my professional career. My goal is to help adolescents explore their identity and develop autonomy in ways that support healthy living.