Qualifications and Areas of Practice
Marsha is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker LCSW-R with over 20 years of experience helping individuals, couples and families with a wide variety of presenting issues including sexual problems. She prizes a warm therapeutic presence with clients and couples when treating sexual issues because she appreciates how sensitive this area is for most folks. Marsha uses the Sex Esteem® model of assessment and treatment, which allows for understanding the specific problem from a bio-psychosocial lens. She has worked within private practice and many agency settings where she assisted couples and families improve communication skills to create lasting positive life changes.
Marsha treats clients with a wide range of sexual disorders and general psychotherapy issues including:
- Sexual Pain, GPPPD (Genito-Pelvic-Penetrative-Pain Disorder)
- Discrepant Desire (partners having differing sexual needs)
- Erectile Disorder
- Rapid or Premature Ejaculation
- Out of Control Sexual Behaviors (including use of porn, escorts, massage parlors, strip clubs)
- Infidelity Recovery (long-term affairs, hook-ups, escorts)
- Pre-Marital Counseling
- Couples counseling
- Post-Birth Adjustment (loss of desire, less frequent sexual connection)
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Social Anxiety
- History of Sexual Trauma (childhood abuse, sexual assault, sexual harassment)
- Post-Menopausal difficulties
- Family of Origin Stressors
- Geriatric Issues and Caregiver Stress
- Counseling for Children and Elderly
Marsha received her MSW at SUNY Stonybrook and completed her post-graduate certification at Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy. She is also qualified by the state as a Supervisor of Social Workers. In addition to her experience treating sexual issues she is highly trained in treating disordered eating, body shame, and eating disorders having graduated from the esteemed Psychotherapy Training Program at The Center for Study of Anorexia and Bulimia. She has extensive experience treating phobias having been the Director of a phobia clinic utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Techniques.
Marsha has the distinction as Fellow of the Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy, a type of psychotherapy that focuses upon the individual and couple’s experience in the present moment, the therapist–client relationship, the environmental and social contexts of a person’s life, and the self-regulating adjustments people make as a result of their overall situation.
Marsha commences treatment with a non-judgmental intention, since she knows how many people come to their sexual life with a history of internalized shame for their desires and beliefs. She is uses her warm and grounded Gestalt-influenced style of therapy to begin the CLS 5-6 week assessment, reflect back her take on the problems and goals presented and collaborate on a course of treatment. Clients say that Marsha creates a safe space within which they can unpack the challenges that have at times been there for years. She focuses on clients/couples’ strengths to encourage authentic change and educates them on new skills, research and understanding to learn new patterns of communication. Marsha will at times refer clients to affiliated treatment providers (gynecologist, urologist, psychiatrist, or pelvic floor physical therapist) when a more holistic form of treatment is warranted.
Marsha utilizes the Sex Esteem® model by providing education, therapeutic tools and readings/video resources when needed. Rather than using one method with all clients, CLS uses an integrative approach designed specifically for each client/couple’s needs. Included in the Sex Esteem® model are the specific techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Hakomi. In the initial assessment period, all CLS therapists explore how cultural, religious and familial experiences helped to shape a client’s beliefs about sexuality, relationship dynamics, thought patterns, and behavioral patterns. Through re-framing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, clients and couples can alter their lives in exquisitely meaningful ways. Specific home exercises are offered to clients to practice between sessions based on clients’ therapy goals.
Professional and Community Associations
Cape Cod Institute- Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.
Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
Marsha proudly assists new immigrants to improve communication through her affiliation with The English Speaking Union of the United States.