June 1, 2024, is the deadline to apply for CFR’s Fall 2024 Postgraduate Certificate Program cohort in Marriage & Family Therapy, Sex Therapy, and Clergy track. Apply here.



Get to know our experienced faculty.

Dr. James Wadley

Dr. James Wadley is Director of the Sex Therapy program at Council for Relationships. As a scholar-practitioner, he is a licensed professional counselor and maintains a private practice in the States of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is the founding editor of the scholarly, interdisciplinary journal, the Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships (University of Nebraska Press). He is also the founder and Principal of the Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians and his professional background in human sexuality education, educational leadership, and program development has enabled him to galvanize scholars and practitioners in the field of sexology across the world.

His research and publication interests include sexual decision making among young adults, masculinity development and conceptions of fatherhood by non-custodial fathers, and HIV/AIDS prevention. He has written undergraduate and graduate courses and authored 22 courses for the Master of Science in Counseling program for Lincoln University (PA). In addition, he recently co-authored 13 doctoral level courses for the Theological Seminary of Puerto Rico. In 2015, Dr. Wadley earned his NBCC-International Mental Health Facilitator certification after spending time with Rwandan therapists discussing the impact of genocide and trauma in the early 1990s. In 2016, he helped developed curricula and conducted a sexuality education course at the University of Muhimbili in Tanzania for the nursing and midwifery program. Later that year, he developed and taught an applied research methods course at Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2017, Dr. Wadley’s work and advocacy domestically and abroad enabled him to complete his first documentary, Raw to Reel: Race, Drugs, and Sex in Trenton, New Jersey, which captures some of the challenges that emerge in addiction and recovery. Finally, in 2018, Dr. Wadley co-edited The Art of Sex Therapy Supervision (Routledge), which is a book devoted to the clinical experiences of supervisors and supervisees in the field of sex therapy. The book won AASECT’s 2019 Book of the Year Award. His new book, The Handbook of Sexuality Leadership: Inspiring Community Engagement, Social Empowerment, and Transformational Influence (Routledge) carves a new path for sexuality educators, counselors, and therapists in that it serves as an invitation for re-conceptualizing the consultative roles in which sexuality professionals engage.

Dr. Wadley received his Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Educational Leadership and Human Sexuality Education. He earned a Master of Science in Education degree in School Psychology from the University of Kentucky after completing his B.A. in Psychology from Hampton University. Finally, he holds a clinical postgraduate certificate from Council for Relationships and is an AASECT-Certified Sex Therapy Supervisor.

Dr. Patricia Gratson

Dr. Patricia Gratson is a licensed clinical psychologist. She earned a Master of Science in Clinical and Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Child and Adolescent Therapy, as well as a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Couple and Family Therapy from Chestnut Hill College. Dr. Gratson provides therapy and evaluation services to children, adolescents, and adults. She works with individuals as well as couples and families. Dr. Gratson is trained as a play therapist through the Family and Play Therapy Center and provides family play therapy to children from the ages of three to 12 years old. She also provides sand tray therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. Additionally, she is completing the requirements to become a certified sex therapist and has been trained in sex therapy through the Post Graduate Certificate Program at Council for Relationships.

Dr. Gratson has been extensively trained in psychodynamic therapy, structural family therapy, contextual therapy, and dialectal behavior therapy, as well as having received training in trauma focused cognitive behavior therapy, cognitive processing therapy, emotion focused therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. She considers herself to be an integrative clinician who adapts her therapeutic approach to meet her clients’ needs. Her clinical areas of interest include working with the LGBTQ+ populations and working with individuals who practice alternative spiritualities. Additionally, she has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, couples, and families.

Dr. Monica Johnson

Dr. Monica Johnson is a clinical psychologist and owner of Kind Mind Psychology, a private practice in NYC that specializes in evidence-based approaches to treating a wide range of mental health issues (e.g. depression, anxiety, trauma, and personality disorders). Additionally, she has a focus on working with marginalized groups of people including BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and alternative lifestyles to manage minority stress. She is also dedicated to contributing to her field professionally through speaking, training, supervision, and writing. She routinely speaks at conferences, provides training and workshops at organizations, supervises mental health trainees, and co-authored a book for professionals on addressing race-based stress in therapy. She is the host of the podcast Savvy Psychologist where she provides practical tips about mental health. Additionally, she is on the medical review board for Verywell Mind and Byrdie. She currently lives in Manhattan where she indulges in horror movies, sarcasm, and intentional introversion. You can find her on Instagram and online at kindmindpsych.com

Dr. Alishia Kalos

Dr. Alishia Kalos is a Pennsylvania licensed clinical psychologist and sex therapist certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). Dr. Kalos provides individual and relationship therapy as well as comprehensive psychosexual assessment in English and Spanish. As a sex and relationship therapist, Dr. Kalos specializes in addressing sexual and relational concerns related to intimacy, communication, desire, arousal, pain, kink, atypical sexual interests, relationship contract negotiation, orgasm, relational violence, and sexual behavior challenges. Areas of clinical focus include anxiety disorders, perinatal and postpartum depression and anxiety, cancer, and chronic illness. Dr. Kalos has in-depth training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Schema Therapy, Mindfulness–Based, Strengths-Based, and Intersystems approaches to therapy. She also has experience utilizing Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Problem-Solving Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Bianca Laureano

Bianca I. Laureano is an award-winning educator, curriculum writer, and sexologist. She is a founding member of the Women of Color Sexual Health Network and ANTE UP! a virtual freedom school for sexuality professionals. She has written curricula and led the curriculum development for the award-winning Netflix film Crip Camp guided by disability justice principles. She is an AASECT certified sexuality educator and supervisor and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the California Institute for Integral Studies for her work in expanding the US sexuality field. She is the editor of The People’s Book of Human Sexuality: Expanding the Sexology Archive available in May 2023. Find out more about Bianca at her website BiancaLaureano.com and about ANTE UP! at www.AnteUpPD.com

Anne Mauro, LMFT, CST, CSE

Anne Mauro (she/her) is a Licensed Couples and Family therapist (LMFT), American Association Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) Certified Sex Therapist, AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator, and clinical supervisor. Her private practice, Mending Connections, in Washington, specializes in couples counseling and sex therapy. She volunteers her time to the field by being a member of the AASECT Ethics Advisory Committee and serving as chair for the AASECT Awards Committee. Anne created and taught a course titled Colonization and Sex for the Sexuality Certificate Program at Antioch University Seattle. In partnership with a colleague, Anne is an AASECT continuing education (CEU) provider. Through this venture, Anne co-created the Beyond Settler Sex Sexually Attitude Reassessment (SAR). Her first publication, More Than Ebony and Ivory: Complexities of sex therapy with interracial couples, can be found in An Intersectional Approach to Sex Therapy: Centering the lives of indigenous, racialized, and people of color.

Marjorie Nightingale

Marjorie Nightingale is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Washington, D.C., with a specialty practice in couples and sex therapy. She received her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from LaSalle University. Currently, she is completing a doctorate in Couple and Family Therapy at Drexel University where her research focuses on developing racially sensitive interventions for African American couples. Marjorie has extensive training and experience with Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples. She completed her postgraduate sex therapy training at Council for Relationships and is working towards AASECT-Certification in Sex Therapy. In addition, Ms. Nightingale spent several years as a family law and child welfare attorney in Baltimore, MD where she worked with marginalized populations. As a scholar-practitioner, she has a special interest in addressing the intersection of sex and race in therapy for people of color. She teaches as an adjunct faculty in Virginia Tech’s Marriage and Family Therapy program in Falls Church, VA.

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