Therapists

Meet Our Team

Our Team

Philadelphia Institute for Individual Relational & Sex Therapy is a practice of highly trained and specialized therapists dedicated to helping people gain greater insight and create greater joy in their lives. We provide services for individuals, families and all types of relationships. Philadelphia Institute for Individual, Relational & Sex Therapy has 2 convenient locations.

Philadelphia, PA Office
Media, PA Office

Philadelphia, PA Office

Medical Tower
255 S. 17th Street, Suite 2200, Philadelphia PA 19103

Chris F. Fariello
Chris F. FarielloPhD, MA, CST, CSE, LMFT
Founder and Director of PhIIRST, Chris Fariello, PhD, MA, CST, LMFT has over 25 years of experience as an educator, trainer, public speaker, writer, and therapist. Dr. Fariello specializes in working with individuals and couples on issues such as communication, anger, affairs, sexuality, separation and divorce.
Sziga Dessereau
Sziga DessereauMA, LMFT, CST
Sziga is a perceptive and nuanced therapist with a refreshingly frank style. For over 25 years, ​they have been working with individuals, couples, and families to foster personal growth and satisfying relationships.
Chris Wilson
Chris WilsonPhD, LMFT, MFT, MEd, CHES
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 specialize in working with men who are struggling to understand issues related to gender and sexual orientation. I am a member of the LGBTQ+ community and love working within the community. I work with people of all genders and sexual orientations regarding sexual dysfunction, intimacy issues, and other sexuality based concerns.
Jordan Lief
Jordan LiefPsy.D., CSAT
Dr. Lief is a licensed psychologist who treats people struggling with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma/PTSD, loss of a loved one, sexual difficulties, and relationship distress.
Erin Seeherman
Erin SeehermanLPC
Through a systemic lens and eclectic approach, Erin collaborates with clients to build a therapeutic alliance and develop an individualized plan tailored to each client’s needs. Erin is a graduate of the Mental Health Counseling program at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Post Graduate Certificate Program in Sex Therapy at Council for Relationships.
Sara Kasey Mairs
Sara Kasey MairsLSW, MSW
Sara Kasey Mairs is a licensed social worker with a Masters in Social Work from University of Pittsburgh. They also have a MEd from Widener University CHSS with a concentration in sex therapy.
Rebecca Bassman
Rebecca BassmanMFT
Rebecca is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson’s Marriage and Family Therapy program with a specialty in Sex Therapy. Clients would say that they value Rebecca’s open communication style and her ability to look through a systemic lens. Rebecca is culturally competent and well versed on a wide range of human sexuality issues and topics.
Seneka LaBonde
Seneka LaBondeMEd, LMFT
Seneka is a licensed marriage and family therapist, holding degrees from Widener University and Chestnut Hill College.  Being a direct and authentic clinician, she believes that relationships thrive on shared intimacy and open, honest communication.
Erica Hochanadel
Erica HochanadelMSW, MEd
Hello! My name is Erica Hochanadel (she/her). I am a queer identified human sexuality professional providing therapeutic services to individuals, couples, families, and folks in non-dyadic relationship structures. I received a dual master’s degree in Social Work and Education in Human Sexuality from Widener University.  
Natasha Metzger
Natasha MetzgerMFT
Natasha earned a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from La Salle University in 2014 and has furthered her education as part of Council for Relationships’ Post-Graduate Marriage and Family Therapy and Sex Therapy programs.
Avi Diamond
Avi DiamondMA, NCC, MT-BC
Avi Diamond holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. She completed the post-graduate Sex Therapy program at the Council for Relationships, and is currently pursuing licensure in PA as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Sex Therapist.
CJ Mooney
CJ MooneyMFT
CJ is an eclectic systemic therapist and pulls from many therapy models to create a client-centered, tailored experience that values emotional honesty, self-care, mindfulness, and humor.
Meredith Hritz
Meredith HritzMFT
Meredith is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University’s couples and family therapy program, with a specialization in sex therapy.
Samantha Morris
Samantha MorrisLSW, MEd
I am a therapist who completed a dual degree program and achieved a Master of Social Work and a Master of Education in Human Sexuality Studies from Widener University.
Nicole Williams
Nicole WilliamsMFT
Nicole Williams, MFT (she/her) is a Sex and Relationship Therapist. Nicole works with individuals and couples that seek to strengthen the quality of their relationships. She uses an intentional anti-oppression lens to offer culturally competent, trauma-informed treatment. Nicole specializes in body image, self-esteem, racial identity, life transitions, LGBTQ+ experiences, and more.
Student Intern
Student InternNaomi Berner, BA
Naomi (she/her) is a lively, open-minded, and receptive graduate student currently finishing her Masters in Social Work as well as a Masters of Education in Sex Therapy.  She is passionate about creating a collaborative and person-centered focus to the therapeutic process. Throughout her studies she has concentrated on working with individuals, partnerships, LGBTQIA+ persons and older adults on managing sexual function, sexual pain, and STI’s, all while utilizing individualized theoretical interventions. 
Student Intern
Student InternKileen Barry, BA
Kileen (she/her) is a graduate student currently finishing her Masters’s in Marriage and Family Therapy at La Salle University. She has a collaborative, integrative, and systemic approach to therapy.

Media, PA Office

The Office Court at Pennell Place
1215 W. Baltimore Ave., Office #1, Media PA 19063

Chris F. Fariello
Chris F. FarielloPhD, MA, LMFT, Office Director
Founder and Director of PhIIRST, Dr. Chris Fariello has over 20 years of experience as an educator, trainer, public speaker, writer, and therapist.
Chris Wilson
Chris WilsonPhD, LMFT, MFT, MEd, CHES
is a licensed psychotherapist who specializes in LGBTQ issues, sexuality issues, couples, and families.
Erica Thomke
Erica ThomkeLSW, MEd
Erica is a licensed social worker and also holds a Masters of Education in Human Sexuality from Widener University.
Seneka LaBonde
Seneka LaBondeMEd, LMFT
Seneka is a licensed marriage and family therapist, holding degrees from Widener University and Chestnut Hill College. Being a direct and authentic clinician, she believes that relationships thrive on shared intimacy and open, honest communication.
Coty Nolin
Coty NolinMFT
Coty is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University’s couples and family therapy program, with a specialization in sex therapy. She seeks to collaborate with clients through learning the individual and relational experiences that inform their lives and their goals for therapy.
Samantha Morris
Samantha MorrisLSW, MEd
I am a therapist who completed a dual degree program and achieved a Master of Social Work and a Master of Education in Human Sexuality Studies from Widener University.
Carly Chodosh
Carly ChodoshLSW
Carly Chodosh, LSW, is a relational therapist who utilizes an eclectic approach to help her clients improve their relationships, communication skills, and increase pleasure. She is culturally curious and knowledgeable about a wide range of sexuality topics and presentations.