Alex Iantaffi, PhD, MS, SEP, CST, LMFT
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist with over a decade of clinical experience. My main clinical practice is as a systemic therapist, specializing in addressing issues related to gender, sex and sexuality, and disability from a trauma-informed perspective. Systemic psychotherapy is based on Family Therapy approaches that were developed over the past 40 years, mostly from a Western perspective. I am trained in and practices Narrative Therapy, a form of therapy that focuses on the stories we tell ourselves and each other, as well as larger systemic stories (e.g., language, gender, culture), and the impact those stories have on us. Underlining this approach is a belief that clients are the experts in their own lives, and that my role as a therapist is to use tools and questions that facilitate the emergence and consolidation of the clients’ wisdom and preferred stories. In a systemic approach, even when I work with an individual in session, I bring an awareness of and curiosity about all the systems the client is part of (e.g., families, language, race/ethnicity, gender, faith/spiritual communities, and more). I am an AASECT certified sex therapist and am also trained in Somatic ExperiencingⓇ. I am also training in Dance and Movement Therapy, an approach mostly developed in the US and informed by modern dance, Authentic Movement, and developmental psychology. I strive to integrate mindfulness, breathing, embodiment and movement in my work as a healing practitioner. Nevertheless, I am always guided by my clients and their needs. A psychotherapy session with me can involve just sitting and talking as well as, if a client is willing and interested, movement, breathing exercises, drawing, writing and other forms of creative expressions. Therapy sessions with me are your time to focus on your needs and healing. Any ideas I offer is just and always an invitation. Therapy is your journey. I feel privileged to accompany my clients on their own healing journeys, if they think I might be a good guide for them, and I am always open to direct feedback.
Kaj Benson, MS, LAMFT
I am a licensed associate marriage and family therapist. As a marriage and family therapist, my lens as a therapist is always informed by all the systems that impact our lives and our relationships with ourselves. My priorities in our work together are believing that you are doing your best with the tools you have, supporting you in finding more nourishing ways to relate to yourself and your life, and co-creating a narrative about your life that brings you hope and gives you agency. I specialize in working with queer and trans people, people with chronic pain and illnesses, and neurodivergent people. I have been providing community care for queer and trans people since 2010. I enjoy working with developmental and complex trauma, and I am in my advanced year of training in Somatic Experiencing. Other focus areas that I prioritize include sex therapy, nonnormative relational orientations and structures, disability justice, body image, disordered eating, and marginalized religious and spiritual communities. I bring an integrative, radical, and queered perspective to therapy. I believe everyone deserves to have agency in their own life and to build a life they don't need to escape from.
Kim Sherva, practicum student 2019-2020
People are amazing because they are resilient, because they are resourceful, because they can change their story. People can break patterns of abuse, can heal from intergenerational trauma, can validate their stories and who they are.
As a non-binary Korean adoptee, I resonate with people who work on changing their stories, who are healing themselves, who want to have families and relationships that are loving and caring and kind. I identify with the transgender/non-binary community as well as the polyam, pagan, and kink communities. I wish to work with individuals and families who come from these communities as well as those who are adopted and others from marginalized communities. I wish to work with those who live with chronic pain, who are physically disabled, and with neuroatypical folx. I also wish to work with sex workers, Two-Spirit folx, and BIPOC.
I like narrative therapy, solution focused therapy, Bowen Family therapy, strategic therapy, and emotionally focused therapy. I believe that each person and family knows which therapy would work best with them. My goal is to work with them, to communicate openly and honestly, to support, and to encourage. I work with individuals, couples, and families.
I am your radical queer who keeps intersectionality in mind when it comes to the people I meet. Each person is valid. Each person deserves to be seen. Each person’s story deserves to be told. I am honored to hold these stories, to be a part of the healing of these stories, and to witness how people change these stories.
I am currently beginning my second year at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in their Master’s program for Marriage and Family Therapist. I am also getting certification as a sex therapist. I graduate in May 2020. I am delighted and honored to begin my practicum here under the supervision of Alex Iantaffi.
Becky Poe, practicum student 2019-2020
I view life as story. I view the process of therapy as understanding and rewriting our stories. I believe we all possess what we need to change our stories, but sometimes we need a little help along the way. It can be difficult to create our own unique stories in a world that is constantly telling us who we should (or shouldn’t) be. My goal as a therapist is to help you discover what is and what is not working for you in your current story. My goal is to cocreate new and better stories alongside you.
I provide individual therapy for adults and adolescents, family therapy, and couple therapy for any relationship configuration (polyamorous, open, monogamous, etc.). My therapeutic work is informed by Narrative and Internal Family Systems theories and I take a collaborative approach to therapy. I have special interest in working with LGBTQ+ youth and their families as well as non-traditional relationship configurations.
I am currently in graduate school at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and will receive a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in the fall of 2020. In my spare time, I enjoy live music, painting, paddleboarding, patios, and watching all the TV shows. I am thrilled to be starting my practicum at Edges Wellness Center LLC under the supervision of Alex Iantaffi.
Mark Reese, MA, LMFT