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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! If you’ve found my website it’s likely you're looking for a psychotherapist or information relating the issues I treat in psychotherapy. Choosing a therapist that you feel comfortable with can be challenging. It's my hope that these pages will provide some information about who I am and the clinical perspectives that inform my practice.

Professionally, I am a fearless, supportive, direct, empathic and highly engaged psychotherapist committed to working deeply with the individuals, couples, and families I see in my practice. I maintain a kink and LGBTQQIAA welcoming and affirming practice which serves a diverse population of folks from different social classes, racial, ethnic and cultural origins, gender identities, religious and spiritual backgrounds. I maintain an open, respectful and curious approach to difference while searching for similarities that allow me to connect with my clients. I am licensed in Massachusetts as an Independent Clinical Social Worker. The LICSW is the highest level of licensure awared in Massachusetts and allows social workers to work as independent therapists providing services to individuals, families, couples and groups. I am also a board certified sex therapist, and supervisor of sex therapy, through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists, and a clinical member of The Society for Sex Therapy And Research.


I graduated from Boston University in 1995 with a Masters Degree in Social Work and a specialization in group psychotherapy. While studying at Boston University, my field placements focused on adolescent, family, and adult mental health, forensic issues, community mental health and HIV and AIDS. My course work focused on individual, family and group psychotherapy and the treatment of substance abuse and dependency.

My undergraduate degree was completed in 1993 through The University of Massachusetts Boston where I attended The College of Public and Community Service. While enrolled at U-Mass Boston, I worked full time with homeless men, women and families struggling with chronic mental illness, substance dependency, and domestic violence. I was employed at McLean Hospital for several years where I worked primarily in an adolescent residential program while also working in several other programs including the psychotic disorders residential unit.

Ideas that influence how I work with clients

I maintain an eclectic and integrationist approach to my work as a psychotherapist. This means that, rather than relying on a single theory base, my understanding of human relationships, struggles, and problem resolution is influenced by multiple psychological and socialogical schools of thought. As no two people, couples, families, or problems are exactly alike, a mixed model approach allows me to tailor my interventions to work with my client's in creating personalized approaches to resolving their presenting concerns.

Some of the models that I've found most helpful in my practice include various family systems theories, existentialism, contemporary psychodynamic perspectives, motivational interventions, somatic awareness models, narrative, constructivist and collaborative language approaches and harm reduction interventions. These different models focus on working collaboratively with clients while recognizing that people are “doing the best they can” with the tools and they have obtained through lived experience. I am skilled and fearless in entering into difficult conversations with an open heart, mind, and compassionate appreciation of the complexities of being human and the courage to change patterns of thinking, being, and acting that are no longer helpful or supportive of the life one wants to live.

I also teach and have consulted to organizations on topics such as domestic violence, substance abuse, LGBTQQIAA mental health, problematic sexual behavior as well as healthy and unhealthy relationship dynamics. I have developed training curricula focused on teaching graduate students in social work, psychology, and mental health counseling how to assess, intervene and treat individuals, couples, and families and how to work effectively and cross-culturally with LGBTQQIAA people. I have lectured nationally and internationally on various topics and issues related to human sexuality. I also supervise clinicians who are interested in becoming AASECT Certified Sex Therapists.

My office is located at 259 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA. 02474. My office is easily accessible by The MBTA via the #77 Bus. For those who choose to drive there is ample on street parking available. Should you have any questions regarding my practice, or would like to discuss the possibility of our working together, please contact me at 617-461-8479. You may also email me at; josephwinnlicsw@josephwinnlicsw.com