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Joseph Winn MSW, LICSW, CST-S

“Our lives are not our own. From womb to tomb, we are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.”

- David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

Welcome and hello! If you’ve landed on my website it’s likely that you're looking for a psychotherapist or information on some of the issues I treat in psychotherapy. Choosing a therapist that you feel comfortable with and who has experience addressing the issues that you wish to address can be challenging. It's my hope that these pages will provide some information about who I am, my professional credentials, the clinical perspectives that inform my practice and the issues that I specialize in treating.

I am currently licensed in Massachusetts as an Independent Clinical Social Worker or LICSW. The LICSW is the highest level of licensure provided to social workers in Massachusetts and allows social workers to provide psychotherapy services to individuals, families, couples and groups. In my practice I treat a diverse population of folks from varying social classes, racial, ethnic and cultural origins, gender identities and religious and spiritual backgrounds. I maintain an open, respectful and curious approach to differences while also searching for similarities that allow me to connect with my clients, build a working therapeutic relationship and co-create new possibilities for the resolution of presenting problems that may hinder the life that you want to lead. It's through this appreciation of the complex nature of interconnected world-views and lived experience that I have seen human beings muster great inner-strength to create change in their lives while recovering and celebrating forgotten personal wisdom. I maintain a practice that is both kink and LGBTQQIAA welcoming and affirming. 


My undergraduate work was completed at The University of Massachusetts Boston through The College of Public and Community Service where I obtained my Bachelors degree in Human Services. While enrolled in my undergraduate program I also worked full time with homeless men, women and families struggling with chronic mental illness, substance abuse and dependency, domestic violence that were looking to create change in their lives. After working with these population for several years, I was employed at McLean Hospital where I worked in the adolescent residential program and also floated among several other programs including a residential program that served men and women with psychotic disorders. I completed my undergraduate degree in May of 1993.

I began my graduate training in clinical social work in September of 1993 at Boston University School of Social Work. While studying at Boston University, my course field placements focused on adolescent mental health and forensic issues, the impact of poverty, racism and community violence, community mental health, HIV and AIDS, while my course work focused on individual, family and group therapy and substance abuse and dependency. I graduated from Boston University in 1995 with a Masters Degree in Social Work with a sub-specialization in group psychotherapy.

Theoretical orientation

I maintain an eclectic approach to working with people in psychotherapy. Eclecticism is a common position among psychotherapists and generally means that, rather than relying on a single theory or technique, the clinician acknowledges that they have been influenced in their understanding of human relationships, problem formation and resolution by various schools of thought. Drawing from multiple perspectives the clinician utilizes an integrated approach to understanding the client's presenting complaint and uses this mixed model approach to aid in the resolution of the clients concerns.

Often times people enter therapy because they have survived some form of psychological struggle or trauma and developed coping strategies that may no longer be as useful as they once were and are hoping to reach more adaptive and productive ways of living in the 'here and now'. Some of the models that I have found most helpful in my practice have included various family systems theories, existentialism, cognitive and behavioral approaches, contemporary psychodynamic perspectives, motivational interventions, somatic awareness models, narrative, constructivist and collaborative language approaches and harm reduction interventions. These frameworks focus on working collaboratively with clients while also recognizing that each human being is unique and is doing the best they can with the tools and world views they've obtained through lived experience.

I have completed extensive post-graduate training and have experience treating issues pertaining to domestic violence, substance abuse, psychological trauma, LGBT issues, family therapy and numerous concerns relating to human sexuality. I am a certified sex therapist through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists and a clinical member of The Society for Sex Therapy And Research.

Professionally, I also teach and have consulted to organizations on issues such as domestic violence, substance abuse, LGBTQQIAA issues and health care needs as well as problematic sexual behavior, healthy and unhealthy interpersonal relationships and sexuality. I have developed training curricula focused on teaching graduate students in social work, psychology, psychiatry and mental health counseling how to assess, intervene and treat individuals, couples, and families as well as how to work respectfully, effectively and cross-culturally with LGBTQQI populations. I have lectured nationally and internationally on various topics and issues related to human sexuality. I regularly provide consultation to individuals and organizations interested in improving their clinical skills and program offerings and I am currently working towards becoming an AASECT Certified Sex Therapy Supervisor.

My office is located at 180 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 303, Arlington, MA. 02474. My office is ADA compliant and easily accessible by The MBTA via the #77 Bus. For those who choose to drive there is ample on street parking. Should you have any questions regarding my practice, or would like to discuss the possibility of our working together, please do not hesitate to contact me at the above provided telephone number. You may also email me at; josephwinnlicsw@josephwinnlicsw.com