I have been a member of and mentor in New York City’s BDSM and LGBTQ communities for well over 10 years, and I hold a Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology, a Master of Social Work (MSW), and a Master or Education (MEd) in Human Sexuality. I am an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and 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 the founder of ManhattanAlternative.com, a listing of alternative lifestyle affirmative providers serving New York City, and a co-founder of the AltSex NYC Conference and Sexuality Speaker Series.
My experience includes working with individuals across the spectrum of power role identification, gender identification, 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 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.