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

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

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"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 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. 

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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. 

“Libby” Elizabeth Gilbertson, LMFT, MEd

“Libby” Elizabeth Gilbertson, LMFT, MEd

Libby Gilbertson, ABD, MEd, LMFT 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.

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        Cell Phone Number: 267-428-2607

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 a 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 understanding 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.

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            Cell Phone Number:  267-428-2613

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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.

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             Cell Phone: 267-428-2610

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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.

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     

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Direct Telephone Number: 267-428-2612

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.

Tonya McDaniel, MEd, MSW, LSW

Tonya McDaniel, MEd, MSW, LSW

Tonya McDaniel is a licensed social worker who has been working in the field of psychology and sexuality for almost 20 years. Her philosophic outlook is that most people have good intentions and are trying to do the best that they can given the tools they have at their disposal. Her goal as a therapist is to help create a space where clients can feel good about their accomplishments, identify areas that they want to improve, and expand their resources and skills to overcome conflict. She is able to accomplish this by employing a variety of therapeutic modalities, such as strengths-based, cognitive behavioral, narrative, psychodynamic, existential and systemic therapy.

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      Cell Phone: 267-428-2611

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Tonya's strong background in research and education enables her to provide clients a multifaceted perspective on the issues they are facing. She is able to adapt her approach according to the needs of the individual. She will take on the role of a cheerleader, champion, educator, advocate, empathetic listener, and mediator to support clients in reaching their goals.

Currently, Tonya provides individual, couples and group psychotherapy to people who are struggling with various issues, including, anxiety, depression, post-partum depression, low self-esteem, eating disorders, trauma, sexual functioning, parenting and relationship concerns. In addition, Tonya has experience with specific life-adjustment areas, such as transition-to-parenthood, GLBTQ orientation, multicultural issues and intellectual disabilities.

Tonya’s passion for helping people achieve their full potential has led her to present at national conferences; serve on multiple interdisciplinary teams; create sexuality curricula; train staff on sensitive issues; and advise agencies developing sexual relationship policies.

Tonya graduated from Widener University with a Master in Social Work and a Master in Education in Human Sexuality. Additionally, Tonya spent a year studying psychology at the Université du Mirail in Toulouse, France. She is currently working on her PhD that she anticipates obtaining in 2018. 

Mariaisabel Zweig

Mariaisabel Zweig

Mariaisabel Zweig is a doctoral student of Clinical Psychology interning at the Center for Growth Inc / Sex Therapy in Philadelphia. She offers clients low fee services.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies and Psychology from CUNY Brooklyn College. Mariaisabel gained experience in group facilitation and counseling as a volunteer in Brooklyn, NY for Heights Hill Mental Health Outpatient Clinic and Rainbow Heights Club, an advocacy group for LGBTQ+ adults requiring mental health services.


Mariaisabel provides therapy for adults, couples, and teens to address a wide range of issues including grief and loss, depression, anxiety, trauma, relationships, sexuality, LGBTQ specific issues, and more. She is also interested in helping individuals with body image issues and eating disorders.


Reaching out for guidance and support is a reflection of significant bravery and strength. She looks forward to helping you explore yourself and work through whatever challenges you may be facing.
 

Shayna Alper

Shayna Alper

Shayna Alper is an aspiring therapist currently working towards her Masters in Social Work and Masters of Education in Human Sexuality at Widener University, where she will graduate in May of 2018.  She is currently completing her one year internship at The Center for Growth / Therapy in Philadelphia doing individual, couples and family therapy.  Shayna holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, with a minor in sociology. Her passion to help people discover their full potential was ignited in her undergraduate studies and has only grown tremendously from her current experience in her Masters program. At the Center for Growth she will be able to provide clients struggling with anger issues, self esteem, guilt, shame, embarassment, anxiety, depression, grief, sexuality, life transitions low fee services.  

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Shayna has previously worked at a mobile crisis agency for Delaware County Crisis Connections, where she developed crisis skills working in a variety of situations with different client populations. Additionally, she has interned at Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk County in Islandia, New York where she provided support, relief, and resources to survivors of domestic violence. Her passion for helping people embrace their unique sense of self is mirrored in her empathetic ability to connect with a multitude of diverse clients.

She currently resides in South Philadelphia where she is dedicated to continue gaining professional experience in the field of clinical social work. Shayna’s experience with Mindfulness practice and research helps create and nourish a strong mind- body connection. Through the utilization of this technique, emotions and thoughts are better able to be recognized and understood by the mind. She is driven to incorporate her knowledge in narrative therapy and cognitive- behavioral therapy in clinical practice in order to fully comprehend and validate the wide variety of life experiences that clients express. Shayna remains committed to empower and motivate clients by creating a safe space and applying appropriate clinical techniques and sexually based interventions. 

Dr. Ashley Matz

Dr. Ashley Matz

Dr. Matz is doing her one year post-doctoral fellowship at The Center For Growth.  As a post-doctoral fellow she is doing evaluations, individual therapy, couples counseling and sex therapy. We are excited to be having her join our team in Aug of 2017.  She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University’s Schreyer Honors College with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Sexuality and Gender Studies.  She received a Master of Arts in Psychology from Widener University and completed an internship at AIDS Care Group.  She is currently completing a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, as well as a Master of Education in Human Sexuality, from Widener University. 

Ashley practices from an integrative therapy model, conceptualizing from a psychodynamic approach while incorporating CBT and other techniques into treatment.  She comes to the Center for Growth with extensive experience working with clients who suffer from anxiety, depression, trauma and addictions. Curriculum Vitae.

Dr. Foust, Clinical Director

Dr. Foust, Clinical Director

Dr. Foust has been practicing individual, couples, sex therapy, and family therapy for over sixteen years (resume).  Dr. Foust has developed an expertise in the areas of addictions, anxiety, grief, mood disorders, chronic pain, infidelity, sexual dysfunction, sexuality and relationships concerns.  She works with adolescents and adults.  She utilizes humanistic, cognitive-behavioral and systems perspectives in her work with clients.  Dr. Foust is very collaborative with her clients and believes in assisting clients in meeting goals that allows them to lead their most authentic and fulfilling life possible.

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 Dr. Foust has experience with developing clinical programs as well as effectively supervising therapists. She has worked in a variety of different settings including residential, in-home, intensive outpatient, clinic-based, and private practice which have all influenced her clinical and supervising skills. Dr. Foust has also designed and led therapy groups on various topics. Dr. Foust's expertise has been used in articles, television and radio.

Dr. Foust received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology from Millersville University in Pennsylvania.  She received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University in Boston Massachusetts.  She then completed her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Human Sexuality from Widener University in Pennsylvania. Dr. Foust is a Certified Sex Therapist through The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). She is an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), AASECT, and The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).