Chris Wilson, PhD, LMFT, CST

Chris Wilson, PhD, LMFT, MEd, CHES, ACS, CST

Therapeutic Process Approach

I believe therapy is a collaborative process between client and therapist. As such, clients create goals, while therapists are present to assist in reaching them. I strive to create an environment which is affirming and comfortable. I often use humor and self disclosure, as a way to increase the therapeutic relationship when appropriate. Additionally, I regularly challenge clients in their assumptions regarding thoughts, behaviors, and interpersonal interactions. I use a variety of therapeutic modalities in my practice, tailoring therapy to the individual client(s) I am serving.

Areas of Focus:

  • LGBTQ+ Concerns
  • Men
  • Questioning Sexuality and Gender
  • Sexual Dysfunctions
  • Polyamory
  • Open Relationships
  • Relationship Concerns
  • Intimacy Concerns

I am a member of the LGBTQ+ community and love working within the community. Sessions may focus on community related concerns including: coming out issues, relationship concerns, and worries about friendships/networking. It can also include issues not related to specific LGBTQ+ identities. As one of the few male Certified Sex Therapist practicing in the Philadelphia and Media areas, I enjoy working with male and masculine identified clients. I often find they are not generally given the latitude to be emotionally expressive; doing so with another male can be very affirming. I specialize in working with men who are struggling to understand issues related to gender and sexual orientation.

Background and Expertise

20 years experience in mental health and social services

Degrees:

  • PhD in Human Sexuality with a focus on Sex Therapy
  • MEd in Human Sexuality
  • MFT with a focus on Sex Therapy
  • BA in Speech Communications
  • BS in Health Promotion and Education

Certifications and Associations:

  • Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor – American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Certified Sex Therapist – American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, practicing in Philadelphia and Media
  • Certified Health Education Specialist – National Commission for Education Credentialing
  • Certified Sexologist – American College of Sexologists

Theoretical Orientations

I blend therapeutic theoretical orientations with public health behavioral change models rather than using one specific orientation or model. Therapeutic orientations and models which influence my work are:

  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Eco-Systemic Structural Family Therapy Cognitive Behavior
  • Cognitive Behavioral Sex Therapy
  • The Crucible Model
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Health Belief Model
  • Transtheoretical Model (also known as Stages of Change Model)
  • Social Learning Theory
  • Social Psychology

Hours

  • Appointments:
    Monday 12-7 (Media)
    Wednesday 12-7 (Philly)

Rates

  • Fee: $175