Madeline Cooper, LCSW, CST (she/her/hers)
Founder and Psychotherapist
The very basic understanding I had of sex as a kid was informed by unreliable resources. I was taught that sex was only for married people “in love,” that orgasms always happened like they do in movies, that masturbation was “kind of weird,” that only "messed up people" had mental health issues... the misconceptions go on and on. These made navigating the social landscape of young adulthood that much harder.
In college and grad school I came to realize how those misconceptions had shaped me and my idea of what's "normal" when it comes to sexuality and mental health, and I know I'm not alone in that. I became a psychotherapist and sex therapist to help people learn about and challenge these outdated notions to promote a positive outlook on mental health treatment. I want to erase that stigma and shame to create a space for clients where sexual health and mental health are just as important as one’s physical wellbeing.
I received my B.S. at Cornell University and my M.S.W. at Columbia University. I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), an AASECT certified sex therapist and am a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Sexual Health Sex Therapy Certificate Program. I have also completed Levels 1 and 2 of EMDRIA-approved EMDR training through the Personal Transformation Institute. I am a member of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR), the Clinician's Collective of New York City, and the Women's Mental Health Consortium. I have guest lectured at academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and independent wellness retreats.
Rebecca Nussbaum, LMSW (she/her/hers)
I specialize in working with individuals struggling to manage anxiety/looking to improve self esteem and couples with concerns or changes in their sexual relationship. As a therapist I often explore how the messaging we receive, based on our gender, shapes the expectations we have of ourselves and impacts the relationship we have with our bodies, self worth and ideas about health and sex.
Our sessions may include identifying coping skills to manage anxiety, considering relationship patterns and family dynamics, or even breaking down the latest post you saw on social media that really resonated or hit a nerve. I will support you in unlocking self-compassion and empowerment to assist you in creating a life you love. I believe clients have the answers they're searching for within them but need a safe, guided space to be vulnerable and reflective in order to grow and heal.
My approach is humanistic and simple: to connect with you while you reconnect with yourself. Developing a deeper self-knowing through therapy provides you with important insights that can empower you to make the changes you seek.
I received my B.S. at the University of Maryland and M.S.W. at New York University.
Romi Terk, LMSW (she/her/hers)
It takes immense courage to confront the pervasive messages we internalize around our sexuality, gender, identities and bodies. Through challenging these societal scripts and expectations, we cultivate the opportunity to rewrite our belief systems in a way that’s informed by self-acceptance and curiosity as opposed to shame and judgment.
Therapy is an excellent resource for reclaiming our narratives, rediscovering our strengths, attuning to our needs and facilitating changes that enable us to nourish more fulfilling lives and relationships. Some examples of my work include supporting individuals and couples who are navigating mismatched desire, facing barriers in communication, feeling emotionally or sexually disconnected, or struggling with pelvic pain. I also work with adults who are processing trauma, experiencing anxiety symptoms and encountering life transitions. As a multicultural individual, I enjoy meeting with clients from diverse backgrounds in a safe and inclusive environment.
I received my MSW from Columbia University and am currently enrolled in the University of Michigan's Sexual Health Certificate Program. I incorporate tools from an array of evidence-based practices and strive to remain up-to-date on new developments in mental, sexual, and relational health, bringing the most current and holistic approaches to our sessions.
Kelsea Verdi, LMSW (they/she)
As a queer & nonbinary-identifying practitioner implementing an intersectional feminist, decolonizing framework, crafting inclusionary environments where one feels welcomed, celebrated and supported is a focal point in my practice. I place emphasis on cultivating meaningful connections with clients that are founded in mindfulness and trust. Using modalities such as polyvagal theory, Internal Family Systems, and sensate focus, I prioritize a holistic approach to healing that embodies the mind, body and spirit.
I am particularly passionate about working within the LGBTQIA+ community, with those who have experienced gender-based violence and/or sexual trauma, and with couples & polycules while using Kink/BDSM/Poly affirming beliefs. As a survivor, I always bring in a trauma lens and center safety and the abolishment of shame in our work.
Taking the time to make space, explore, and reclaim one's sexual and gender identities is one of the most liberating components of this work. You will always be honored as the expert in your experience, without judgement, and I look forward to being a part of this sacred journey with you.
I received my MSW from Columbia University, and am currently enrolled in University of Michigan's Sexual Health Certificate Program. I am also Gottman Certified for couples therapy.