I have been a member of and mentor in New York City’s BDSM and LGBTQ communities for decades, and I hold a Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology, a Master of Social Work (MSW), and a Master of Education (MEd) in Human Sexuality. I’m an LCSW licensed to practice psychotherapy by New York State; I’m an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (CST); and I’m a doctoral candidate at Widener University’s clinical sexology PhD program.
I have a private practice in Manhattan, and I helped to establish mental health services at the Persist Health Project, an organization that provides resources for sex workers. I am an adjunct professor at New York University, where I teach sexual health in social work practice. I am the founder of ManhattanAlternative.com, a nonprofit listing of alternative lifestyle affirmative providers serving New York City, and a co-founder of the AltSex NYC Conference. I am also the creator and host of the talk show web series Kink Doctor.
My experience includes working with individuals across the spectrum of power role identification, gender expression, and sexual orientation, as well as those who are unsure of, questioning, or evolving through identifications. It goes without saying that discretion and confidentiality is an integral part of my practice—you can feel confident in discussing absolutely anything with me.
As an academic and a researcher, I have published articles in peer-reviewed journals, presented at conferences, lectured in universities, and conducted training in clinical environments on topics of gender diversity and non-mainstream sexuality. I am regularly quoted in the press as an identity and sexuality expert. I believe that encouraging sex positive education, empathy, and tolerance in mainstream communities is equally as important as cultivating self-acceptance and -actualization in all individuals, no matter how they identify or choose to live life.