Shayna Alper is an aspiring Sex Therapist currently working towards her Masters in Social Work and Masters of Education in Human Sexuality at Widener University, where she will graduate in May of 2018. Shayna is currently doing a one year internship at The Center for Growth / Sex Therapy in Philadelphia, specializing in individual, couples and sex therapy. In her role as intern, she is able to offer clients services on a sliding scale.
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 continues to be trained in efficient skills, methods, and knowledge that help the effective delivery of sex therapy throughout the duration of her dual Master’s program. She has worked as 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. Her determination to further her understanding on many topics and experiences of sexuality is expressed in her past and current experiences, as well as future aspirations.
She currently resides in South Philadelphia where she is dedicated to continue gaining professional experience in the field of sex therapy. 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 is driven to incorporate her knowledge in narrative therapy and cognitive- behavioral therapy in clinical sex therapy practice in order to fully comprehend and validate the wide variety of life experiences that clients express. 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.