Nitasha Strait, ABD, M.Ed., MA, MFT

Marriage & Family Therapist & Sex Therapist
Work Phone: 215 922 5683x2
Work Phone: 267-324-9564

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Marriage and Family Therapist

Work Phone: 215 922 5683×2
Work Phone: 267-324-9564

EDUCATION

06/17                   Doctor of Philosophy, Human Sexuality

(Expected)          Widener University, Chester, PA

05/14                   Master of Education, Human Sexuality

Widener University, Chester, PA

05/12                   Master of Art, Clinical-Counseling Psychology

Specializing: Marriage and Family Therapy

La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA

05/09                 Bachelor of Science, Psychology

Concentration: Neuroscience

The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

                            Honors: Dean’s List, Lambda Sigma Honor Society

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EMPLOYMENT

 06/14-Present      Individual, Couples, Family, and Sex Therapist

The Center for Growth, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

Provide counseling in a group-practice setting to adult individuals and couples suffering from mood, anxiety, and personality disorders paired with sexual issues; operate using cognitive-behavioral and attachment based techniques; complete appropriate paperwork for the upkeep of client files; responsible for writing Self-Help Tips on a variety of topics posted to the Center For Growth, Inc.’s website; accountable for monthly meetings

01/16-Present     Adjunct Professor, Psychology Department

Temple University

Instructor of undergraduate Human Sexuality and Introduction to Psychology courses with class sizes ranging from 30-200 students. Supervise student Teaching Assistants.

07/14-10/15         Counselor III

Greater Philadelphia Health Action, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

Provide individual, couple, and family therapy in a community based setting for mental and behavioral health, as well as drug and alcohol treatment; administer both clinical and psychoeducation based groups such as, but not limited to, the topics of depression, sexual health, women’s issues, and grief and loss groups; utilize eclectic therapeutic techniques based on multiple evidence-based theories; comply with documentation according to company policy; partake in interagency communication to provide comprehensive treatment to client

01/13-6/13           Fee-for-Service Marriage and Family Therapist

MedNet Healthcare Systems, Philadelphia, PA

Issued intensive individual, couple, and family therapy in an outpatient setting to alleviate concerns with mental health, behavioral health, trauma, substance abuse, and family dynamics using cognitive-behavioral, systemic based techniques; developed and implemented treatment plans with individual and family system specific goals, crisis & de-escalation strategies; documented client’s progress through treatment plan updates and session progress notes; engaged in interdepartmental and interagency collaboration to provide comprehensive case management and crisis intervention services to clients; received bi-weekly group supervision

06/12-02/13         Fee-for-Service Marriage and Family Therapist

Family Therapy Treatment Program, PHMC, Philadelphia, PA

Offered in-home and outpatient therapy to individuals, couples, and families suffering from mental health, behavioral health, trauma, substance abuse, and family dynamic issues; utilized cognitive-behavioral techniques throughout treatment; evaluated and assessed the needs of assigned clients in order to complete and implement treatment plan; completed clinical and administrative documentation as required by agency; used interagency case coordination in order to provide comprehensive services to clients; received weekly individual supervision

07/10-01/11         Executive Assistant

Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists, Jenkintown, PA

Completed client intake via telephone, assessing therapeutically for presenting problem in order to appropriately refer to clinical members for treatment; responsible for organizing and operating Continuing Education workshops sponsored by Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists on a weekly basis; recorded and organized member information, in coming money, and client referrals

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FORMAL TRAINING

06/13-06/14         The Center for Growth, Inc.

Philadelphia, PA

Doctoral level clinical internship in individual, couple, and sex therapy with Individual and group supervision and video tape review; weekly Self-Help tips posted to website

05/11-05/12         The Northeast Treatment Center

Philadelphia, PA

Master level clinical internship in team oriented family-based therapy with video supervision and reflective teams

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ADVANCED TRAININGS

 04/15                            American Society of Addictive Medicine: Adolescent

04/15                            Cheating, Fighting, Selfishness and Anger: What Every Clinician Needs to Know for Working with                                          Couples

Presenter: Jonathon Swinton, PhD, LMFT

01/15                            Trauma and Attachment: Effective Treatment Interventions

Presenters: Terry Levy, PhD, DAPA, BCFE & Michael Orlans, MA, DAPA, BCFE

12/14                            Youth Mental Health First Aid

11/14                            Impact of Sex Addiction on Family System

Presenter: Stefanie Carnes, PhD

10/14                           Trauma Theory 101: What Everyone Needs to Know About the Impact of Trauma.

Presenter: Sandra Bloom, MD

08/12-05/14*           AASECT Certified Sex Therapist

American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors Therapists

01/14-05/14             Protecting Human Research Participants

National Institute of Health Office of Extramural Research

01/12-04/12             Enhanced Placement Seminar Program

Philadelphia Connections

01/10-05/10            Current Trends in Family Intervention

Connecticut Workforce Collaborative On Behavioral Health

*Pending licensure for Marriage and Family Therapy

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INVITED PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES        

 

10/15                    Temple University, Philadelphia PA

                            Guest Speaker, Undergraduate level- Human Sexuality

Presented with a group of colleagues on Sex Therapy. Discussed topics: What Is Sex Therapy, What Is Sex Therapy Not, What It’s Like To Be A Sex Therapist, and How To Become A Sex Therapist. Fielded questions from students. Gave basic information for PLISSIT model.

Invited by: Martha McGee, Ed.D.

 

09/15                   Temple University, Philadelphia PA

                            Guest Lecturer, Undergraduate level – Human Sexuality

Developed lesson plan surrounding two topics for two separate guest lectures: Contraception: Planning and Prevention and Sexually Transmitted Infections/Diseases. Lead discussion through group activity and PowerPoint lecture. Lead a student driven dialogue of topics, providing information through questions asked, as well as lecturer driven information.

Invited by: La-Rhonda M. Harmon, M.Ed., MS, Ed.S

 

10/14                   Widener University, Chester, PA

                              Faculty Moderator, Student Interprofessional Education Day

Promoted small and large group discussions between an interprofessional team including Social Work, Physical Therapy, Nursing, and Human Sexuality students; ensured discourse stayed within the theme of the forum; kept order of the discussion through structured questioning and directions; kept track of the time; evaluated usefulness of the activity as a whole

Invited by: Sabitha Pillai-Friedman, PhD, LCSW, CST

 

06/14                   LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA

Guest Lecturer, Masters Level – Multicultural Counseling and Therapy

Developed a comprehensive lesson plan in order to teach on cultural sensitivity using the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity by Milton J. Bennett, M.D.; lead class discussion utilizing PowerPoint, documentary, and class activity; responded to student driven questions reflecting on the education piece, as well as the therapeutic piece; reported to course instructor a summary of the class discussion and possible future issues and discussions to have with class

Course Instructor: Erika Evans-Weaver, Ph.D., LMFT

 

02/14                            PHL17

Expert Opinion- “Homosexual Hardships During the St. Valentine’s Holiday”

Philadelphia, PA

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PROFESSIONAL SERVICE ACTIVITIES

8/13-Present        Alumni Mentoring Program

Volunteer Mentor

Department of Human Development and Family Studies

The Pennsylvania State University

Philadelphia, PA

09/05-05/06         The Ophelia Project

Volunteer Mentor

Erie, PA

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PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

06/13-Present      American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

02/14-Present      American Psychological Association (APA)

02/10-Present      American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors Therapists (AASECT)

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PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES ATTENDED

2015                    Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH)

 

2010                    Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR)

2010                    American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors Therapists (ASSECT)