Stephen has been working as a family therapist, mental health counselor, and rehabilitation counselor since 1972. He currently holds licenses and national certifications in family therapy, mental health counseling (LMHC), rehabilitation counseling (CRC), and sex therapy (CST). Stephen is also an Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists. In 2012, he and Jessica Price, LICSW, won the Patricia Schiller Prize for their work on Fathers, Adolescent Daughters, and Sexuality. Stephen is the co-founder of South Shore Sexual Health Center, an organization dedicated to providing quality sex therapy and education to the Greater Boston area. Stephen is an avid reader, movie buff, and film critic, and incorporates these stories into his work.
Paula is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Sex Therapist. She works with individuals, couples, and families toward desired transformation and growth. As a therapist who sees clients of all ages and stages of development, she understands that there are many means by which to engage in the therapeutic process outside of, or in addition to traditional “talk therapy” including: creatively via drawings, stories, and writing; psycho-educationally, by way of current research and data; through movement and engaging the body; and behaviorally via take-home experiential tasks and techniques. Paula is a foodie who loves to read and travel.
Paula is the co-founder of our sister organization, South Shore Sexual Health Center. She has limited availability, and is only accepting new clients through the Sexual Health Center. For more info, call Paula at 617-804-1499
Jeremiah Gibson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who works with couples and families to create fulfilling, happy relationships by reducing stress and improving communication and intimacy.
Jeremiah helps reduce negative cycles of criticism and defensiveness allowing couples and families can see themselves in a new light and improve their ability to work together and meet their goals. He uses the space of couples therapy to help couples experience more productive ways of communicating with each other.
Jeremiah is the current President-Elect of the Massachusetts Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He is also training to become an Approved Supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
When not in the therapy office, Jeremiah enjoys traveling with his wife, playing sports, and writing. Jeremiah also sings and plays guitar and drums, and loves incorporating music and writing into the therapy process. Jeremiah is the co-host of the podcast Under the Covers: The Music of Relationships
Stana Gnatovich is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She brings to her work as a family therapist the certainty that healthy, thriving relationships are not only possible but within our reach and fundamentally essential to well-being. This belief has taken shape over multiple careers, 35 years of marriage, three children and extensive training. A graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Massachusetts, Boston, Stana holds three advanced degrees in education and family therapy. She is a trained instructor in mindfulness-based stress reduction with a longstanding practice of meditation. Stana is very interested in the newly evolving dynamics of the couple relationship in the 21st century and in bringing to each individual and couple new ways of operating and engaging that support deep and lively connection.
Stephanie Wallace is a post-graduate couples and family therapist who completed her degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2015.
Stephanie values diversity and equality, and her work includes accepting and affirming the identities of clients across spectrums of ability, sexuality, gender, race, ethnicity, and religion. She strives to have conversations with clients that explore societal messages that may be impacting their choices and perspectives, and hopes that such conversations will leave her clients feeling more free to live the lives they want, rather than the lives expected of them.
She believes the therapy room is not a place of judgment, but a space for curiosity, both for herself and her clients. Through this process, clients are encouraged to make conscious choices about what kinds of relationships they want to have with themselves, each other, and the world, and to build confidence in their ability to make decisions and live more positively.
Stephanie is available for Saturday appointments on a limited basis.
Stephanie is a board member for the Massachusetts Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. In her free time, she enjoys reading, acting, and singing. Stephanie is the co-host for the podcast Under the Covers: The Music of Relationships
Erik Abel is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who helps individuals and couples create a transformative pathway to achieving self-awareness and healthy relationships. Erik uses curiosity, compassion and humor, and utilizes human development theories and relevant psychological concepts to help clients become ready to hear the messages that contribute to greater understanding and growth.
Erik received his Masters degree in counseling and couple and family therapy from Cambridge College, and has experience working with small businesses and start-ups. Erik is a drummer, and also enjoys hiking, photography, and meditation in his free time.
Florina Apolinar Claudio
Florina L. Apolinar Claudio specializes in providing therapeutic services to individuals, couples, and families. Florina understands that the therapy setting can be anxiety provoking. Therefore, she works at providing a setting where clients can feel understood while also being supported and challenged. She helps clients identify and employ their strengths throughout therapy to assist in creating change.
She also has an awareness of and is sensitive to race/gender related issues. Florina has an understanding of cultural communities, familial structures, beliefs, and values that impact clients’ lives. In her work with clients, Florina guides them in achieving their goals by teaching coping strategies, mindfulness, and implementing interventions that are best suited for the client and situation at hand. Additionally, she has experience working with transgender clients seeking to transition.
Florina’s credentials involve receiving her degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University in 2009 and is licensed in New York State. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Couple and Family Therapy through Drexel University. She is also a Student Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).
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