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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 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 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. 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, and The World Professional Association of Transgender Health.

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. 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 wisdom. I maintain a practice that is both kink and LGBTQQIAA welcoming and affirming. 


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

My undergraduate work was completed in 1993 at The University of Massachusetts Boston through The College of Public and Community Service where I obtained a 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, and domestic violence. After working with these populations 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 program that served men and women with psychotic disorders.

Ideas that influence how I work with clients

I maintain an eclectic approach as a psychotherapist. Eclecticism is 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 clinical thought. Drawing from multiple perspectives I utilize an integrated and tailored approach to the client's presenting complaint and utilize this mixed model approach to aid in the resolution of presenting problems.

Some of the models that I have found most helpful in my practice have included various family systems theories, existentialism, contemporary psychodynamic perspectives, motivational interventions, somatic awareness models, narrative, constructivist and collaborative language approaches as well as harm reduction interventions. These different models focus on working collaboratively while recognizing that each human being is unique and “doing the best they can” with the tools and world-views they've obtained through lived experience.

Professionally, I also teach and have consulted to organizations on issues of domestic violence, substance abuse, LGBTQQIAA issues and health care needs as well as problematic sexual and healthy and unhealthy interpersonal relationships and sexuality. 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 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. I also supervise clinicians who are interested in becoming AASECT Certified Sex Therapists.

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 ample on street parking is also available. 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