Sex Therapy Program Faculty
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 twenty-two courses for the Master of Science in Counseling program for Lincoln University (PA). In addition, he recently co-authored thirteen 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 1990’s. 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 that sexuality professionals engage in.

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.

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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. Alishia Kalos is a Pennsylvania licensed clinical psychologist and sex therapist certified by the American Association of Sex 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.

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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 post-graduate 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 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, Virginia.

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