“Alex” Caroline Robboy, CAS, MSW, ACSW, LCSW

“Alex” Caroline Robboy, CAS, MSW, ACSW, LCSW

"Alex" Caroline Robboy, CAS, MSW, ACSW, AAMFT, CSTS, LCSW is the founder and executive director of the Center for Growth Inc / Sex Therapy in Philadelphia, a counseling organization in Center City, Philadelphia. She has 20+ years of experience working with adults and children.  Specifically she works with people struggling with addiction, impulse control problems, anxiety, depression, post-partum depression, shame, trauma, low self-esteem, grief, relationship issues, sexual function & dysfunction, blended families and parenting concerns. Currently she provides individual, couples, family therapy and group therapy.  Lastly she offers supervision to both staff and therapists outside of this agency seeking their LCSW or AASECT Certification in sex therapy. 

Ms. Robboy is published in journals and magazines, given lectures to health care professionals and been featured in national periodicals and books. She has appeared as an expert on television and radio talk shows.

Ms. Robboy earned three graduate degrees at the University of Pennsylvania;  Masters in Social Work, Post-Masters in Certificate Marriage and Family Therapy with a Specialization in Sex Therapy and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Human Sexuality Education (otherwise known as ABD) as well as a Certificate in Home and School Social Work.  Additionally Ms. Robboy is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Supervisor of Sex Therapy and an ABS Certified Sexologist. Lastly she is a Certified Imago Therapist.

Marion Levy-Bergman, MSW, LCSW

Marion Levy-Bergman, MSW, LCSW

Marion Levy-Bergman writes content for the Center for Growth's website.

Ms. Bergman has worked in the mental health field for over 30 years. She holds a Master’s degree from Rutgers University Graduate School of Social work and is licensed in New Jersey as a Clinical Social Worker. She is a Licensed Social Worker in Pennsylvania and a Master Social Worker in New York. Her areas of clinical expertise include foster and adoptive care, developmental delay/mental retardation, child guidance, geriatric counseling and medical social work.

Aimee Wood, LCSW

Aimee Wood, LCSW

Aimee Wood is a full time senior therapist and Clinical Director here at The Center for Growth / Sex Therapy in Philadelphia, providing additional clinical support through individual and group supervision to the Center for Growth staff, as well as overseeing the clinical services provided by staff. Aimee is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works with individuals and couples struggling with an array of issues, primarily: Relationship issues (trust, affairs, premarital, sexual issues), life transition issues, anxiety and depression, post-partum depression,  grief and loss, trauma, and sexual function and dysfunction. 

Aimee joined the Center for Growth in 2010. Aimee holds a certification in Marriage and Family therapy from Council for Relationships here in Philadelphia, and is Prepare/Enrich Certified, helping couples improve their relationship. 

Aimee works from a variety of approaches from cognitive-behavioral, systems, attachment, and strengths based, and emotion focused therapy. Aimee modifies her approach based on the client, believing that there’s not one approach for everyone. Each client is different and has different needs depending on their personality and background. Aimee holds a significant value on the impact of one’s family of origin, and environmental factors. Aimee works from where the client is, and honors their needs regarding pace in terms of therapeutic goals, progress, and timelines. She believes everyone has strengths that they can build from, and helps clients identify those strengths when they are unable to. 

In the recent years, Aimee facilitated support groups,  has co-taught lectures and workshops for sex therapy students, has been featured in local and national articles on therapeutic issues, such as The Atlantic, as well as been featured as an expert on television. 

Aimee received her B.S. in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Scranton, and her Masters in Clinical Social Work from Temple University. During this time she co-facilitated a grief and loss support group, provided in-home counseling and advocacy for hospice patients and their families. Aimee received further training in counseling traumatic grief and loss through working as a court advocate for families of murder victims associated with the Homicide Unit and District Attorney’s office of Philadelphia. Aimee worked as an in-home therapist providing in-home counseling and support to families in crisis. Before joining the Center for Growth, Aimee received post graduate training in Marriage and Family Therapy with a concentration in Sex Therapy. 

Christian Dozier, MA

Christian Dozier, MA

Christian Joy Dozier, MA recieved her Master's Degree in Family and Child Counseling at Arcadia University.  Christian has experience treating teenagers and adults with various issues including adjustments with life experiences, anxiety, depression, grief, paranoid personality disorder, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, relationship problems, self esteem issues, career concerns, sexual dysfunctions, as well as spiritual concerns.  Christian follows a eclectic framework.  Christian believes that people are dynamic and fitting them into a one box fit all approach can be a disservice to clients.  Christian incorporates person centered therapy, multiculturalism therapy, family dynamics therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, grief therapy and humanistic therapy.  Christian has an interest working with couples, individuals with sexual dysfunctions and individuals that are ready to work hard to make changes in their lives. 

Christian Joy Dozier, MA is a pending published co-author in Pennsylvania Counseling Association Journal, a motivational and sex instructional speaker, owner of a youth empowerment group, and a forensic interviewer with the Philadelphia Children's Alliance.

Nitasha Strait, M.Ed., MA, MFT

Nitasha Strait, M.Ed., MA, MFT

Nitasha Strait, M.Ed., MA, MFT provides individual, couples, and sex therapy. She specializes with issues such as sexual function/dysfunction, relational issues, anxiety, depression, and major life adjustments. She has an eclectic style of therapy pulling from attachment, experiential, strength-based, and cognitive-behavioral theories. In addition to talk therapy, Nitasha also utilizes the environment in in which her clilents live by recommending events in the greater Philadelphia area that could be helpful to the work they are doing in therapy. Nitasha helps her clients navigate their emotional and behavioral experiences in order to make healthy and positive choices in their life, resulting in increased purpose and meaning.

Nitasha received her MA degree from La Salle University in Clinical-Counseling Psychology specializing in Couples and Family Therapy and is now working to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her M.Ed. in Human Sexuality from Widener University and has continued on as a Ph.D. candidate. Nitasha’s dissertation work is looking at diabetic patients’ level of comfort in talking about sexuality with their healthcare provider. Nitasha is currently a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists, and American Psychology Association.

Nitasha has been with the Center For Growth since 2013. She also holds an adjunct professor position at Temple University within the Psychology department. There she teaches human sexuality and introduction to psychology courses. Nitasha previously worked in community-based behavioral health agencies throughout the Philadelphia area doing both in-home and outpatient therapy. She has hosted an interprofessional meeting of physical therapy, nursing, sex educators/therapy, and social work students. Expanding Nitasha’s depth of knowledge, she took an opportunity to study briefly in Amsterdam, Netherlands at the Medical Center at the University of Amsterdam, as well as the Gender Clinic at Vrije Universiteit.

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EDUCATION

06/17                  Doctor of Philosophy, Human Sexuality
(Expected)          Widener University, Chester, PA

05/14                   Master of Education, Human Sexuality
                            Widener University, Chester, PA

05/12                   Master of Art, Clinical-Counseling Psychology
                            Specializing: Marriage and Family Therapy 
                            La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA

05/09                   Bachelor of Science, Psychology
                            Concentration: Neuroscience                      
                            The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
                            Honors: Dean’s List, Lambda Sigma Honor Society

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EMPLOYMENT

01/16- Present    Adjunct Professor
                            Psychology Department, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
                            PSY 0818- Human Sexuality
                            PSY 1001- Introduction to Psychology

06/14-Present     Individual, Couples, Family, and Sex Therapist
                            The Center for Growth, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

Provide counseling in a group-practice setting to adult individuals and couples suffering from mood, anxiety, and personality disorders paired with sexual issues; operate using cognitive-behavioral and attachment based techniques; complete appropriate paperwork for the upkeep of client files; responsible for writing Self-Help Tips on a variety of topics posted to the Center For Growth, Inc.’s website; accountable for monthly meetings

07/14-10/15         Counselor III
                             Greater Philadelphia Health Action, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

Provide individual, couple, and family therapy in a community based setting for mental and behavioral health, as well as drug and alcohol treatment; administer both clinical and psychoeducation based groups such as, but not limited to, the topics of depression, sexual health, women’s issues, and grief and loss groups; utilize eclectic therapeutic techniques based on multiple evidence-based theories; comply with documentation according to company policy; partake in interagency communication to provide comprehensive treatment to client

01/13-6/13          Marriage and Family Therapist
                            MedNet Healthcare Systems, Philadelphia, PA

Issued intensive individual, couple, and family therapy in an outpatient setting to alleviate concerns with mental health, behavioral health, trauma, substance abuse, and family dynamics using cognitive-behavioral, systemic based techniques; developed and implemented treatment plans with individual and family system specific goals, crisis & de-escalation strategies; documented client’s progress through treatment plan updates and session progress notes; engaged in interdepartmental and interagency collaboration to provide comprehensive case management and crisis intervention services to clients; received bi-weekly group supervision

06/12-02/13        Marriage and Family Therapist
                            Family Therapy Treatment Program, PHMC, Philadelphia, PA

Offered in-home and outpatient therapy to individuals, couples, and families suffering from mental health, behavioral health, trauma, substance abuse, and family dynamic issues; utilized cognitive-behavioral techniques throughout treatment; evaluated and assessed the needs of assigned clients in order to complete and implement treatment plan; completed clinical and administrative documentation as required by agency; used interagency case coordination in order to provide comprehensive services to clients; received weekly individual supervision

07/10-01/11         Executive Assistant
                             Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists, Jenkintown, PA

Completed client intake via telephone, assessing therapeutically for presenting problem in order to appropriately refer to clinical members for treatment; responsible for organizing and operating Continuing Education workshops sponsored by Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists on a weekly basis; recorded and organized member information, in coming money, and client referrals

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FORMAL TRAINING

06/13-06/14         The Center for Growth, Inc. 
                             Philadelphia, PA

Doctoral level clinical internship in individual, couple, and sex therapy with Individual and group supervision and video tape review; weekly Self-Help tips posted to website

05/11-05/12         The Northeast Treatment Center
                             Philadelphia, PA

Master level clinical internship in team oriented family-based therapy with video supervision and reflective teams

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ADVANCED TRAININGS

04/15                    American Society of Addictive Medicine: Adolescent
                             Philadelphia, PA

04/15                   Cheating, Fighting, Selfishness and Anger: What Every Clinician Needs to Know for Working with Couples
                            Presenter: Jonathon Swinton, PhD, LMFT
                            Cherry Hill, NJ

01/15                  Trauma and Attachment: Effective Treatment Interventions
                           Presenters: Terry Levy, PhD, DAPA, BCFE & Michael Orlans, MA, DAPA, BCFE
                           Cherry Hill, NJ

12/14                  Youth Mental Health First Aid
                           Norristown, PA

11/14                  Impact of Sex Addiction on Family System
                           Presenter: Stefanie Carnes, PhD
                           Webinar

10/14                  Trauma Theory 101: What Everyone Needs to Know About the Impact of Trauma.
                           Presenter: Sandra Bloom, MD
                           Philadelphia, PA

08/12-05/14*       AASECT Certified Sex Therapist
                            American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors Therapists
                            Widener University, Chester, PA

01/14-05/14         Protecting Human Research Participants
                            National Institute of Health Office of Extramural Research
                            Widener University, Chester, PA

01/12-04/12         Enhanced Placement Seminar Program
                            Philadelphia Connections
                            Philadelphia, PA

01/10-05/10         Current Trends in Family Intervention
                            Connecticut Workforce Collaborative On Behavioral Health
                            Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT

*Pending licensure for Marriage and Family Therapy

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INVITED PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES        

10/15                   Temple University, Philadelphia PA
                            Guest Speaker, Undergraduate level- Human Sexuality

Presented with a group of colleagues on Sex Therapy. Discussed topics: What Is Sex Therapy, What Is Sex Therapy Not, What It’s Like To Be A Sex Therapist, and How To Become A Sex Therapist. Fielded questions from students. Gave basic information for PLISSIT model.

Invited by: Martha McGee, Ed.D.

09/15                   Temple University, Philadelphia PA
                            Guest Lecturer, Undergraduate level – Human Sexuality

Developed lesson plan surrounding two topics for two separate guest lectures: Contraception: Planning and Prevention and Sexually Transmitted Infections/Diseases. Lead discussion through group activity and PowerPoint lecture. Lead a student driven dialogue of topics, providing information through questions asked, as well as lecturer driven information.

Invited by: La-Rhonda M. Harmon, M.Ed., MS, Ed.S

10/14                   Widener University, Chester, PA
                            Faculty Moderator, Student Interprofessional Education Day

Promoted small and large group discussions between an interprofessional team including Social Work, Physical Therapy, Nursing, and Human Sexuality students; ensured discourse stayed within the theme of the forum; kept order of the discussion through structured questioning and directions; kept track of the time; evaluated usefulness of the activity as a whole

Invited by: Sabitha Pillai-Friedman, PhD, LCSW, CST

06/14                   LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA  
                            Guest Lecturer, Masters Level - Multicultural Counseling and Therapy

Developed a comprehensive lesson plan in order to teach on cultural sensitivity using the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity by Milton J. Bennett, M.D.; lead class discussion utilizing PowerPoint, documentary, and class activity; responded to student driven questions reflecting on the education piece, as well as the therapeutic piece; reported to course instructor a summary of the class discussion and possible future issues and discussions to have with class

Course Instructor: Erika Evans-Weaver, Ph.D., LMFT

02/14                   PHL17

                            Expert Opinion- “Homosexual Hardships During the St. Valentine’s Holiday”
                            Philadelphia, PA

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PROFESSIONAL SERVICE ACTIVITIES

8/13-Present        Alumni Mentoring Program                           
                             Volunteer Mentor
                             Department of Human Development and Family Studies
                             The Pennsylvania State University
                             Philadelphia, PA

09/05-05/06         The Ophelia Project
                             Volunteer Mentor
                             Erie, PA

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PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

06/13-Present      American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
                             Therapist Membership

02/14-Present      American Psychological Association (APA)
                             Student Membership

02/10-Present      American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors Therapists (AASECT)
                             Student Membership

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PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES ATTENDED

2015                    Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH)
                            Philadelphia PA

2010                    Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR)
                            Boston, MA

2010                    American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors Therapists (ASSECT)
                            Pittsburgh, PA

“Libby” Elizabeth Gilbertson

“Libby” Elizabeth Gilbertson

Libby Gilbertson, ABD, MEd, MFT is the Director of Quality Assurance overseeing best practices for the clinicians at the Center for Growth including their maintenance of records and delivery of services.

She provides individual, couple, and sex therapy services for issues including sexual problems, relationship conflict, infidelity, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and adjustment through life transitions. She uses an experiential and narrative approach to help people better understand their emotional experiences, interrupt negative cycles of interaction, and begin to create the space for a better future. She has been in the Marriage and Family therapy field for over five years, at the Center for Growth for two years in April of 2016, and has over half of the required clinical hours towards a license in marriage and family therapy she expects to finish this year.

She received her Master of Science degree with specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2012. She was trained in collaborative family healthcare with a post-degree certificate in Medical Family Therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Medical family therapy uses a holistic approach to understand the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual factors that impact the variety of struggles people experience. She also has experience in family-based therapy and trauma informed care working with children with severe emotional disturbances. She worked as a Family Life and Sexuality Education Specialist delivering the At-Promise curriculum to 9th graders in an after school program for the Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program. She completed her Master’s of Education in Human Sexuality in 2015 and all of her doctoral coursework except her dissertation for her PhD.

She is passionate about instructing medical providers on how to address sexuality with their patients. Her dissertation topic was inspired by her experience with the American Medical Student Association’s Sexual Health Scholars program and coauthoring a curriculum for the residency training program in child and adolescent psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine. She also currently teaches statistics for psychology as an adjunct in the Psychology Department at Temple University.

Angie Dion MFT LMFT

Angie Dion MFT LMFT

Angie Dion is a licensed marriage and family therapist in PA. She has extensive experience working with couples. Her focus is helping couples to have stronger and more intimate relationships. Angie also explores and helps couples and individuals navigate how to have healthier sexual relationships with themselves and each other. Angie also has extensive experience working with children, teens and their families utilizing family based therapy.

 

Angie received her Masters degree from Thomas Jefferson University and did
her internship and training at the Council for Relationships and the Institute for Sex Therapy in Philadelphia. Prior to becoming a therapist, Angie worked with runaway and homeless youth in NH.


Angie is a strengths based therapist and will help you to draw out the supports in your life as well as what you do well. Angie believes in a collaborative approach that helps to build a strong therapeutic relationship. She is passionate about helping clients to feel safe so that they can explore all aspects of their lives and improve upon them. Angie's systemic thinking will help you to identify how all the parts of yourself and your life interact and intersect with one another.

Some of Angie's areas of expertise are: couples work, sexual function & dysfunction, sex addiction, anxiety and anger management, grief work and helping people to work through a breakup or divorce. Angie also has experience in treating trauma in children and teens using Trauma Art Narrative Therapy.

Angie is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family
Therapy (AAMFT) as well as the American Association for Sexuality
Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). Angie is currently
working to become an AAMFT approved supervisor as well as an AASECT
certified therapist.

Shannon Oliver-O’Neil, LSW

Shannon Oliver-O’Neil, LSW

Shannon Oliver-O’Neil is a licensed social worker, educator and theater-maker working at the intersections of mental and sexual health.  She works with individuals, couples and families struggling with addictions, anger problems, anxiety, depression, emotional instability, grief, trauma, and sexuality issues.

Shannon Oliver-O’Neil  has taught sexual health curriculum in a variety of school settings and has trained adult educators and health care providers how to better support young people, people of color, and gender nonconforming or trans clients in their care. As a therapist, Shannon will work collaboratively with you to set treatment goals, and to draw out existing strengths within yourself and your community in order to achieve them. Sexuality is a fundamental part of personal identity, and every person has the right to current, accurate and relevant information and treatment. Shannon’s methods incorporate behavioral, cognitive, psychodynamic and arts-based approaches, depending on your needs.

Shannon received a Bachelors degree at Northwestern University, and went on to receive her Masters in Social Work at the University of Michigan. She is currently working towards her AASECT certification. Some of Shannon’s areas of expertise are: anxiety, depression, trauma, gender identity, sexual function, and grief work.

Melanie Dinaburg, MFT

Melanie Dinaburg, MFT

Melanie Dinaburg is doing a fellowship at The Center for Growth for individual, relationship, and sex therapy counseling. Melanie is a Marriage and Family therapist with 6+ years of experience working as a therapist for wide variety of populations and topics. 

Melanie’s philosophy is that while everyone is an expert on their own life, that doesn’t mean it isn’t helpful to receive guidance every now and then. It is important for self-care to check in with oneself and make sure that you are living your best possible life. Melanie helps individuals, couples, and families learn how to identify their needs and communicate them effectively to others.

Through her educational background and professional experience, Melanie has developed a specialization in trauma counseling, specifically with victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse. She also has experience working with addictions and sexual function /dysfunctions, as well as anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, and working with the LGBTQ community.

Melvin Tillman

Melvin Tillman

Melvin Tillman has his Masters in Counseling from Northwestern University.  He comes to the Center for Growth with three years of counseling experience.  He is currently doing a one year post-graduate school fellowship training at the Center for Growth. At the Center for Growth Melvin offers individual, couples and family therapy, with a specialization of sex therapy. He currently works with clients struggling with anger, anxiety, blended families, compulsive behaviors, financial problems, grief, infidelity, panic, phobias, polyamory, self-esteem, sexual harassment, trauma, sexual function / dysfunction     

Mr. Tillman received his Bachelors in Psychology at the University of Illinois, and his Masters in Counseling at Northwestern University.  Currently, he is pursuing his doctorate in Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University.  His dissertation is on the factors that lead to a healthy, sexual self-image for women living in the USA.  

Galina Lensky, MD

Galina Lensky, MD

Dr. Galina Lensky is a board-certified general adult psychiatrist with a clinical interest in mood disorders such as major depression and bipolar. She works with people struggling with anxiety, eating disorders, sexual addiction, post traumatic stress, sexuality issues PMS, PMDD, psychiatric disorders during pregnancy and postpartum, and the menopausal transition.

Dr. Galina Lensky completed medical school in Smolensk, Russia and attended UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute of Los Angeles for her psychiatry residency and fellowship training. She acquired over twenty years of experience in psychiatry and more recently taught during her time as attending psychiatrist at Albert Einstein Medical Center. She specializes in psychiatric medication management of adults and geriatric populations.

Her philosophy of practice is to provide a multidisciplinary, team-based approach to helping patients solve problems. She not only provides psychopharmacological treatment, but also advocates for a healthy life style.

Dr. Lensky believes in integrating psychopharmacology with psychotherapy along with coordination of nutritional counseling, exercise and Pharmacogenomics - DrugGene testing, to create a personalized treatment plan and maximize overall well-being.