Staff

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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Jillien Anne Kahn, MA, MFTI, AT

JillienClinical Sexology PhD Candidate, Widener University
Marriage and Family Therapist Intern: IMF76962

Jillien Anne Kahn received her Bachelor of Psychology and Management/Marketing at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia (2006), followed by a Masters in Marital and Family Therapy with a focus in Clinical Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University (2013), and is now working toward a Doctorate of Clinical Sexology at Widener University. She is currently a registered Marriage and Family Therapist intern (IMF76962) under the supervision of Dr. Winston Wilde (MFC39060).

Jillien strives to create an atmosphere of safety and acceptance, helping clients to discover strength and meaning in their experiences and desires. Her technique is strength based, with an eclectic combination of techniques, tailored to the needs of each client. Approaches include: existential, narrative, and attachment, along with art therapy techniques using metaphor and symbolism.

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Ryan Rickert, MA, LMFT

Photo of Ryan RickertMaster of Psychology
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist: MFC49703

Ryan Rickert received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of San Francisco (1996), and a Master of Arts in Psychology from Chapman University, Palm Desert (2006). He is licensed by the state of California as a Marriage & Family Therapist (MFC49703), and has specialized training in the use of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy for effectively working on and resolving various forms of trauma. Ryan’s field of expertise is in the treatment of addictions, specifically substance abuse and sexual compulsivity. He has worked for over a decade as a chemical dependency counselor in both inpatient and outpatient facilities, with court mandated sex offenders, with men and women sexual abuse survivors of various backgrounds, and with persons with out of control sexualities.

Ryan is devoted to his work of hearing and understanding each client’s experience as a unique individual in the world. Psychotherapy can be difficult but transforming work. Ryan is committed to creating a warm and empathic environment with his clients as he works to explore their choices in developing a life path that works for them. Beginning with an in depth discussion of the client’s personal story, Ryan joins each client in a therapeutic journey to explore the various struggles, and life’s problems. Ryan assists his clients in moving toward a path of healing by examining with his clients how past experiences may be affecting the present moment. Ryan is creative in joining with his clients to design solutions. Ryan offers a warm and interactive clinical approach where he integrates humanistic and relational strategies to assist his clients in resolving issues and successfully achieving their goals.

Ryan is currently a doctoral student in Human Sexuality. He specifically provides lectures on topics related to human sexuality and sex therapy. Ryan also has training and experience in the use of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.

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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 facilitates our Bisexual Support Group and 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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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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Jesse Solorzano

Jesse SolorzanoOffice Manager

Jesse Solorzano graduated from Desert Hot Springs High School (2010). He is currently studying full-time at College of the Desert, where he also works in the campus’ Counseling Center to help new students get started. He is one of the re-founders of the college’s Gay-Straight Alliance, and he won the 2013 Harvey Milk Recognition Award for his work in this community-oriented group. He is now completing his courses, aiming to transfer to San Francisco State University in 2015, where his plans include furthering his studies in Psychology and going on to become a licenced MFT emphasizing in Sexual Health Therapy.

Jesse looks forward to his work at the DCSA as Office Manager as well as working with the therapists at the center.

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Consultants

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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Epiphora

EpiphoraSocial Media Coordinator

Epiphora holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Gender Studies. In college, she wrote research papers on sex toys and feminist porn, and even produced a low-budget sex ed video. After graduation, she promptly translated her knack for writing about Chaucer into writing about sex toys. Her longstanding and popular blog, Hey Epiphora, is filled to the brim with relentlessly honest sex toy reviews, matter-of-fact masturbation journals, industry critiques, and sex blogging tips.

Epiphora has been featured on Slate, interviewed in XBIZ Premiere magazine, and quoted in Tristan Taormino’s book, The Secrets of Great G-Spot Orgasms and Female Ejaculation. When not tending to her blog, she can be found working on the floor at a local sex toy boutique. She also writes for Tristan Taormino’s blog on non-monogamy, Opening Up.

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