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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're on my website it’s likely you're looking for an individual or couples therapist. 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 clinical practice, and the perspectives that inform my world-view.

Clinically, I am a fearless, empathic, and engaged psychotherapist committed to working deeply with the individuals, couples, and families I see in my practice. I maintain a kink, queer, and LGBTQQIAA welcoming and affirming practice serving a diverse population of folks from varying social classes, racial, ethnic and cultural origins. I hold a respectful and curious approach to difference while searching for similarities and shared experience that allow me to connect with my clients. I am licensed in Massachusetts as an Independent Clinical Social Worker, and I am 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. 

Credentials

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 family therapy, adult mental health, substance abuse and dependency, community mental health and people diagnosed with HIV and AIDS. 

My undergraduate degree was completed in 1993 through The University of Massachusetts Boston. 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 and several other programs including the psychotic disorders residential unit.

Ideas that influence how I work with clients

I maintain an eclectic 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 sociological 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, emotion focused therapy, existentialism, humanism, contemporary psychodynamic perspectives, motivational interventions, somatic awareness models, narrative, constructivist and collaborative language approaches, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and harm reduction interventions.

In addition to seeing clients, I also lecture, teach and supervise about issues such as domestic violence, substance abuse, LGBTQQIAA mental health, problematic sexual behavior, LGBTQIAA elders and sexuality, sex therapy, and problematic relationship dynamics.

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