Supervisors

James Wadley, Ph.D.

Dr. James Wadley is Professor and Chair of the Counseling and Master of Human Services department at Lincoln University. As a scholar-practitioner, he is a licensed professional counselor and maintains a private practice in the States of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Supervisor as well as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships (University of Nebraska Press). James uses systemic and sex positive approaches to sex therapy supervision. He believes that sexual and relational functioning are impacted by a myriad of influences including (but not limited to) family of origin, education, peer relationships, religion, media, race, and social justice forces. Because of this, in supervision, he and his supervisees create space to explore a variety of substrates that shape how individuals and couples build, maintain, and sometimes sever relationships with themselves and each other. In 2019, he co-edited the Art of Sex Therapy Supervision (Routledge) which won AASECT’s Book of the Year award.

Bill Finger, Ph.D.

Dr. Finger is a licensed clinical psychologist and AASECT Diplomate in Sex Therapy. He has over 30 years of clinical, academic, and research experience in the field of sexual health. He is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) and in the Department of Medical Education, where he is the director of the sexuality component of the medical curriculum. He has authored multiple book chapters on sexual health topics and has over 50 peer-reviewed publications and presentations. He has served on and chaired numerous AASECT committees, co-chaired AASECT annual conferences, and has served on the AASECT board in multiple capacities, including president.

Approach to Supervision

My primary theoretical orientation is cognitive behavioral, with the recognition that dyadic and systemic dynamics can have a significant impact on the individual, and that personal and cultural diversity brings both opportunities and challenges to individuals’ lives. My general approach to supervision is twofold. Primarily, it is to assist and direct the practitioner in providing effective, ethical, and culturally sensitive care to clients of diverse backgrounds. Secondarily, it is to help the practitioner grow by providing a safe, supportive environment in which they can explore their own challenges, barriers, and areas for potential growth in the provision of sexual health interventions. For students seeking sex therapist certification or the PhD degree, my expectation is that they will have a solid theoretical framework, solid case conceptualization skills, and core therapeutic skills. Therefore, supervision resembles a consultative relationship, in which the supervisor’s role is to assist the clinician in applying their existing skills to new presenting problems. Novel approaches may be explored and suggested, to the extent that they remain syntonic with the clinician’s basic conceptual and theoretical framework. Supervision should help solidify existing therapeutic skills while encouraging new professional growth. For students seeking sex counselor certification, basic counseling skills are expected, such as rapport building, empathy, genuineness, active and reflective listening, and the ability to recognize their own implicit biases that impact the counseling interaction. Students should be able to understand how clients’ personal and cultural diversity impacts the individual, their relationships, and the counseling interaction. Sex counselor supervision focuses on applying the PLISS components of the PLISSIT model to concerns regarding sexual health, sexual concerns, and sexual dysfunctions.

Kimberly Castelo

Kimberly Castelo is a marriage and family therapist who is a certified Emotionally
Focused couples therapist (EFT) and an AASECT certified sex therapist and supervisor. She is also an AAMFT supervisor in the state of Washington and is in training to be an EFT supervisor. She has a private practice in Washington state where she works with couples and individuals around OCSB, sexual pain, sexual dysfunction, gender identity, Kink, BDSM, consensual non-monogamy, affair recovery, and more.

Approach to supervision is warm and supportive. She strives to have each of her supervisees feel supported and empowered. Kimberly works to help each supervisee understand interventions clinically, conceptualize cases, appreciate ethical concerns, and how to be accountable to the power therapists hold in the room. She wishes to create a safe space to explore the person of the therapist, to enable supervisees to work from a bio-psycho-social-spiritual-sexual lens, to build on their strengths, and to be aware of their blind spots.

Sylvia Rosenfeld

Sylvia Rosenfeld LCSW is an Imago trained, AASECT certified Sex Therapist and Supervisor, with more than 40 years of experience working with couples and individuals who want to enhance their physical and emotional connection.

Sylvia trained with the late Dr. Helen Singer Kaplan at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. She is a certified Imago Relationship Therapist and Consultant having trained with Dr. Harville Hendrix. She completed level 2 PACT training with Stan Tatkin PhD. Sylvia trained with Dr. Pat Love to present the Hot Monogamy Program and has trained with Dr. Peggy Kleinplatz to present her Optimal Sexual Experience groups.

Her website is sylviarosenfeld.com

Tom Murray, Ph.D.

Dr. Tom Murray an international trainer, counselor educator, and couples and sex therapist, is a widely sought-after expert in the fields of sexuality and intimate relationships. For nearly 20 years, Murray has worked with everyday folks to embrace their weirdness, shed labels and shame, lean into anxiety, and build better and stronger relationships. Murray’s appeared in numerous venues, including the Huffington Post and The Daily Mail, as well as radio, television and podcasts, including Cheating on Fear, The Practice of Being Seen and Shrink Rap Radio. Murray also holds faculty appointments with Northwestern University’s Family Institute, and Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Murray also co-owns, A Path to Wellness Integrative Psychiatry, as well as Clinical Training & Consultation, PLLC in Greensboro, NC.

Philosophy of Supervision:

The mental health profession is unique in the degree to which its members prioritize professional development. Dr. Tom Murray takes a “client-first” approach to supervision. This approach is a practical model designed to help supervisees increase their clinical effectiveness thus increasing the value that they bring to those whom they serve. With frequent references to ethical standards, the scientific literature, standards of practice, Murray guides supervisees, both new and seasoned, towards finding greater enjoyment and fulfillment within their profession.

Cay Crow

Cay Crow is a Licensed Professional Counselor and an AASECT-Certified Sex Therapist and Supervisor. She had a private practice in San Antonio, TX for 30 years. Ms. Crow believes in diversifying her work so she teaches Human Sexuality to undergraduates, developed and taught an Adult Sex Education Series at local adult stores in San Antonio and Austin, took every opportunity to give public talks and presentations, wrote a relationship and sexuality column for the San Antonio Express-News, and she has co-hosted a sexual health radio show entitled Night Moves on KSYM 90.1. Currently, her work focuses on supervising future sexuality professionals, teaching, and writing.

“It is difficult for me to believe that I am to the point in my career where I am supervising the next generation of sexologists! I have been a therapist for 30 years and a member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists since 1999. I will never forget the first conference I attended in Atlanta. I knew that I had found my tribe on the island of misfit toys!

As a supervisor, I like to think I bring the same realness to supervision that I brought to therapy. Providing sex therapy is more challenging than other types of therapy. It requires a therapist who is very clear with boundaries and with their own biases – and everyone has biases when it comes to sex. Part of the supervision process is looking at your biases and deciding where your ‘edges’ are. What are you comfortable working with and what aspects of sexuality can you not be objective about? As a supervisor, I am able to meet therapists where they are; this is a collaboration to integrate novel information and skills into your clinical work. My methodology in supervision is Socratic. I like to listen to how a clinician approaches a case then ask questions that expand the clinician’s perspective. I work from a trauma-informed, systemic, and existential frame of reference. My work with couples is informed by training with The Couple’s Institute (Dr. Ellyn Bader and Dr. Pete Pearson) and inspired by Gottman.”

Lori Shapiro

Lori Shapiro is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has made helping couples and families her specialty for 20+ years. Her areas of expertise include helping couples overcome infidelity, couples who are “fighting all the time,” and couples who have seen their relationship spark grow stale. Lori is LGBTQ friendly as well as alternate lifestyle friendly. In addition to being a couples specialist with multiple relationship-focused trainings, Lori is also an AASECT certified sex therapist and is comfortable helping couples explore intimacy and connection.

I like to keep in mind that couples coming in for relationship counseling often arrive both hopeful and fearful at the same time. The distress of our most intimate relationship can cause tremendous anxiety and maybe even despair. I want you to know that whether your relationship has hit a major crisis or just needs a tune up, I’m at home. For over 20 years I’ve been helping families and couples reconnect by rediscovering and building on the strength they make together. Great couples counseling is an art form and I work hard to facilitate an environment that allows for creativity and growth, not a one-size-fits-all approach. My clients describe me as authentic, optimistic, and always fully engaged. I work with you to help relieve the stress weighing on your relationship and help you feel more connected, intimate, and at peace. I’m very passionate about my work and it brings me great satisfaction when people tell me I’ve provided them with a safe place to heal and connect.

Lori Michels

Lori Michels is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a certified AASECT sex therapist, a designated AAMFT supervisor, a level 2 IFS therapist, a RFG drama therapist, a specialist with problematic sexual behavior, and a supervisor with MSTI. Prior to her therapy career, Lori had been an educator and activist for the LGBT and Kink communities.  She also has a background working with non-consensual and consensual problematic sexual behaviors. Her interesting background of experience and knowledge landed her a radio show. Besides providing supervision, Lori has a private practice serving clients in the states of Connecticut and Florida.

Philosophy of Supervision:

Lori provides a supportive setting to help her supervisees find their style as a sex therapist. Inspired by Systemic therapy and Metaframeworks, she helps her supervisees focus the basics: to understand their ethical responsibilities, how to conceptualize their cases, how to structure a treatment plan, and intervention application.  From there, Lori helps supervisees celebrate their strengths and identify the areas they’d like to improve. Supervision is designed around each supervisees needs. Her approach is compassionate yet challenging, positive yet direct!

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