Shayna Alper

Shayna Alper is an intern at Sex Therapy in Philadelphia.  She is currently working with clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, anger, body image issues, compulsions and sexuality issues. She is currently working towards her Masters in Social Work and Masters of Education in Human Sexuality at Widener University. She anticipates graduation to be in May of 2018. Shayna holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, with a minor in sociology. Her passion for human sexuality was ignited in her undergraduate studies and has only grown tremendously from her current experience in her Master’s program.

Shayna’s work history includes being a research assistant for a study by the Interdisciplinary Sexuality Research Collaborative that aimed to further understand how young adults think and talk about sexuality. Shayna has previously worked at a mobile crisis agency for Delaware County Crisis Connections, where she developed crisis skills working in a variety of situations with different client populations. Additionally, she has interned at Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk County in Islandia, New York where she provided support, relief, and resources to survivors of domestic violence.

Shayna’s experience with Mindfulness practice and research helps create and nourish a strong mind- body connection. Through the utilization of this technique, emotions, thoughts, and physical sensations are better able to be recognized and understood by the mind. She uses both narrative therapy and cognitive- behavioral therapy in her work with clients. She believes this approach helps clients fully express their full range of thoughts.  Her passion for helping people embrace their unique sense of self is mirrored in her empathetic ability to connect with a multitude of diverse clients in different settings.  Shayna remains committed to empower and motivate clients by creating a safe space and applying appropriate clinical techniques and sexually based interventions.