Leiora R. Kortvely, LCSW
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Idioma que hablo: English
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I am a licensed clinical social worker and AASECT certified sex therapist with more than 8 years’ experience as a generalist practitioner. I have learned the importance of disclosing my identity as an internationally adopted Brazilian twin woman of color for the purpose of building connection and trust within the therapeutic relationship.
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I have a special interest and capacity for serving woman and adults who have experienced sexual trauma — while incorporating trauma-informed, strength-based, and sex-positive approaches. I have experience using cognitive behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy, and I am formally trained in dialectical behavior therapy. I believe one of the bravest things we can do is begin to understand our stories. Our minds and bodies react to trauma in a defensive way. The human mind is uniquely designed to defend against the memories of scary events, yet sometimes those defense mechanisms end up causing ongoing pain unnecessarily. Feelings of anger, shame, anxiety, and depression can keep one stuck in an endless loop of suffering. Together, we can approach your journey toward healing, empowering you to engage in your life and self-care. I have been in practice for many years and have seen the benefit of this healing. At times, pain resulting from traumatic experiences may inhibit our sexual functioning and identity. As a certified sex therapist, I can help people work through sexual issues in a safe, supportive setting. I want to reassure you that this is a type of talk therapy and doesn’t involve crossing boundaries or touching in any way.
- Culturally specific care: African Americans
- Population specialties: adult, women, international adoptees
- Language capacity: English
- Areas of focus: trauma and PTSD, women's issues, dissociative disorders, sex therapy, body positivity, open relationships, racial justice allied, sex-positivity
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When I don’t have my therapist hat on, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing soccer/futsal, traveling, and learning new cooking techniques and recipes.
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