Winston Wilde, DHS, LMFT

Winston WildeDoctor of Human Sexuality
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist: MFC39060
Certified Sex Therapist

Winston Wilde received his Bachelor of Arts (1995) and his Masters in Clinical Psychology (1997) from Antioch University Los Angeles, and his Doctor of Human Sexuality (1999) from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco. He is licensed by the state of California (MFC39060) as a Marriage & Family Therapist. Wilde is certified by AASECT as a Sex Educator (2002), Sex Therapist (2004), and Sex Therapy Supervisor (2009). He is currently visiting lecturer in sexology at UCLA and UCRiverside, and has taught courses in Human Sexuality, Gender Studies, and Erotic Minorities at Antioch University/LA, Santa Monica College, LA Valley College, East LA College and College of the Desert. Wilde has lectured on diverse topics as Love, Evolutionary Sexology, Male Circumcision, and Psychotherapy with Erotic Minority Persons across America and in Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, India and Nepal.

Wilde has written numerous articles on sexuality, a book entitled Legacies of Love, and has conducted pioneering research into the sexualities of blind persons. He was the president (2010) of the Western Region of The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality hosting the annual conference in Palm Springs, and serves as Advisory Committee Chair for the Monette-Horwitz Trust. Wilde utilizes many forms of therapy in his eclectic work, including humanist-existential, object relations, cognitive-behavioral, RET, Satirian and narrative therapy.

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Nina Grace Ruedas, MS, MFTI

Nina Grace Ruedas, MS, MFTIMaster of Science in Counseling
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern: IMF67572

Nina Grace Ruedas received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of California, San Diego (2007) and her Master of Science in Counseling at San Diego State University (2011). She is a Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern (IMF67572) under the supervision of Dr. Winston Wilde (MFC39060). Nina specializes in sex education, sex therapy, couples therapy and psychotherapy with adult individuals.

Nina hosted a sex positive radio show, worked at the LGBT Center in Palm Springs, and served on the Western Region Council of The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS). She regularly attended San Diego Sex Therapy, Education & Medicine (STEM) meetings; Los Angeles Sexologist Association (LASA) meetings; and SSSS conferences. She currently co-authors a monthly sex & relationship column in Desert Outlook. Nina is adjunct professor of Human Sexuality at Brandman University in Palm Desert, and visiting lecturer on sexuality topics at UC Riverside. She lectures on diverse topics pertaining to sexuality including, but not limited to: alternative sexualities, working with LGBT clients, sex after breast cancer, sex after prostate cancer, and sex positive sex education. Her mission is to provide an atmosphere that is safe, understanding, nonjudgmental, sex positive, and culturally sensitive. When conducting therapy, she works collaboratively with her clients acknowledging their goals, achievements, unique experiences, strengths, and resilience.

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Terry Cummings, MSW, LCSW

photo of Terry CummingsMaster of Social Work
Licensed Clinical Social Worker: LCSW-14741

Terry Cummings received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Seattle Pacific University (1966), and his Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington (1969). He is licensed by the state of California as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-14741) and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Terry is credentialed as a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, Qualified Clinical Social Worker, a Smart Recovery Certified Leader and member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers.

Terry is a veteran in the field of mental health. For over four decades Terry has provided supervision and training for pre and post-graduate therapists, has been on faculty at University of Southern California and California State University at Long Beach, and has many years of experience in developing and managing substance abuse and mental health programs in Seattle and Southern California. Terry is an expert in group process for family therapy, the treatment of children, and recovery programs. In his work Terry utilizes his experience in the fields of Cognitive-Behavioral, Humanist, Psychoanalytic, and Buddhist approaches, and has since developed his own style based on the premise that caring for the client is foremost in the treatment process, and that the healing relationship between therapist and client is far more important than the theory or model being practiced. Self-discovery is part of the treatment process, as is learning to cope with emotions, and learning new cognitive behavioral tools to resolve irrational beliefs.

Terry trained under the celebrated psychotherapists Fritz Perls, founder of Gestalt Therapy, and Albert Ellis, leader in American sexology and founder of Rational Emotive Therapy. Terry also studied sex addiction and the treatment of sex addicts with Patrick Carnes.

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Litsa Mitchell, MA, LMFT

Litsa MitchellMasters degree in Counseling Psychology
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT25703

Litsa Mitchell received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from San Francisco State University (1980) and her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Loyola Marymount University (1984). She is licensed by the state of California as a Marriage and Family Therapist and is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).

Before coming to DCSA, Litsa spent 20 years as a program director in public, private and nonprofit mental health organizations, with clinical focus in the areas of child abuse, neglect, domestic violence, sexualized family dynamics, substance abuse, foster and adoption issues, and grief and loss. Litsa also has extensive experience working with those who are dealing with cancer and other serious illness, as well as those living with and exploring end of life issues. She works with Transgender/transitioning clients, as well as anyone hoping to improve their relationships. Litsa finds that when a person seeks therapy, it is likely that they see their own issues, but can’t seem to think or “will” themselves into more productive behavior. Sometimes a person feels angry, or sad, and they just don’t know why. Or they hope to come to terms with something very hurtful that has happened, either recently or long ago. Litsa says, “My job is to help you unravel the issues that have been getting in your way, to clear away the old assumptions and develop a new take on things; to get to a place where you feel self-assured in handling whatever comes your way.”

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Dennis Sapire, PhD

Dennis SapirePsychosexual Health Consultant
Clinical Health Psychologist
Clinical Sexologist

Dr. Sapire received his Bachelor of Arts (1976) from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, his Master of Arts (1998) and Doctor of Philosophy (2001) in Clinical Psychology (Health emphasis) from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Los Angeles, California, and his training in Human Sexuality, Sex Education and Clinical Sexology from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, San Francisco, California, UCLA, and CSPP. Dr. Sapire received Comprehensive Biofeedback training from the Biofeedback Institute of Los Angeles (2000), and he has been a member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists, and the Association of Applied Psychotherapy and Biofeedback. He is licensed to practice Clinical Psychology in the State of California (PSY 18734).

Dr. Sapire’s practice focuses on psychosexual consequences of medical conditions and treatment, traumatic injury, and aging. As such, his referrals are commonly from physicians. His presentations to peers have included “Physical Disability, Mental Disability, and Sexual Ability”, “Attractiveness, Intimacy, and Risk of HIV Infection”, “Tertiary Syphilis”, and “Sexual Rehabilitation – Eroticism and Medical Challenges”. In association with the Regional Center, Los Angeles, California, Dr. Sapire authored a Sex Education Program for Adults with Developmental Disabilities which was for the Life Skills Program of Alliance Residential Treatment Services, Los Angeles, California. As Consultant Psychologist at Foothill Health and Rehabilitation Center, a skilled nursing facility in Sylmar, California, Dr. Sapire conducted professional training sessions on sexual and social challenges facing long-term patients with psychotic diagnoses and often, co-morbid chemical dependency. Trained in psychodynamic, humanistic, and cognitive-behavioral modalities, Dr. Sapire has an eclectic orientation. Dr. Sapire is a Fellow of the American College of Sexologists.

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Jallen Rix, Ed.D., ACS

photo of Jallen RixDoctor of Education in Sexology
Member of the American College of Sexologists

Jallen Rix received his Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a minor in Theology (1986) from Westmont College, Santa Barbara. Jallen then earned his Doctorate of Education in Sexology (2007) from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco, where he is currently an adjunct professor. His book,Ex-Gay No Way: Survival and Recovery from Religious Abuse, was nominated for best non-fiction award in 2010 by the Lambda Literary Foundation. As a sex positive educator, his writing has appeared in The Advocate, Out, Instinct, Pulp, The Bottomline, Blade California, Frontiers, and more. As an advocate for ex-gay survivors, he has appeared on ABC’s News Magazine 20/20, Oprah Radio, The Dr. Laura Bermen Show, and the Michelangelo Signorile Show.

Growing up as a Southern Baptist, Jallen was taught that spirituality was heavenly but sexuality was from the devil. He went to great lengths attempting to change his sexuality from gay to straight in an ex-gay ministry — to no avail. As an ex-gay survivor, the experience has set him on a journey of discovery that ultimately resulted in Jallen becoming a leading expert on the damaging effects of, and recovery from, reparative therapy and the ex-gay movement. Dr. Rix enjoys nothing more than supporting people in the process of integrating sexuality and spirituality into a whole person.

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