Alex Iantaffi, PhD, MS, SEP, CST, LMFT
Alex is a licensed marriage and family therapist with over a decade of clinical experience. Their main 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. Alex is 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 the role of the 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 Alex works with an individual in session, they 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). Alex is an AASECT certified sex therapist and is also trained in Somatic ExperiencingⓇ. Alex is also training in Dance and Movement Therapy, an approach mostly developed in the US and informed by modern dance, Authentic Movement, and developmental psychology. Alex likes to integrate mindfulness, breathing, embodiment and movement in their work as a healing practitioner. Nevertheless, they are always guided by their clients and their needs. A psychotherapy session with Alex 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 Alex are your time to focus on your needs and healing. Any ideas Alex offers is just an invitation. Therapy is your journey. Alex feels privileged to accompany their clients on their own healing journeys, if they think they might be a good guide for them, and they are always open to 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.
Mark Reese, MA, LMFT