The Therapists & Their Approaches
Marc Geronimo is a certified Hypnotherapist, Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Intern, certified in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Imago Relationship Therapy. He specializes in individual complex trauma cases that often fall under the diagnostic heading of Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/C-PTSD. He works with both men and women in helping them heal from sexual trauma including rape and molestation, as well as the anxiety and depression that often occur as a result. He weaves in elements of Internal Family Systems/Parts Work, Imago Relationship Therapy, and EMDR into his hypnotherapy sessions.
Marc also works with men helping them to uncover the psychological origins of erectile dysfunction. He has been published on his work around ED, which combines hypnotherapy with EMDR to help move through the trauma that may have originated, as well as any additional trauma that the ED may have caused before seeking treatment. He is currently working on his PhD in sex therapy, so he can also help with radical acceptance and other forms of sexual expression to help throughout the process.
He also works with men around sexual shame and patterns around sexual neediness/wanting. These issues could stem from childhood, religion, past sexual rejection, and other forms of body dysmorphia. This is a passion of Marc’s and something he enjoys helping men overcome.
Marc also works with women to help them move through complex physical and sexual trauma. He provides a safe space where women can begin to heal in a safe environment, using evidence-based tools to help process trauma that has been preventing them from living their life to its fullest. Helping female survivors heal from abuse perpetrated by men is some of Marc’s most fulfilling work.
Sara Sloan, LMFT, CST, is an AASECT certified sex and relationship therapist that works in two primary areas with individuals. Her first area of expertise focuses on issues concerning relationships that include but are not limited to family of origin, past and present romantic partners, new relationships, intergenerational trauma, ENM, mother/daughter & father/daughter relationships, marriage, premarital counseling, narcissistic abuse and divorce. These issues may initially appear in the form of anxiety and depression, which should begin to lessen through therapy over time.
Sloan’s second area of expertise involves working with individuals moving through issues surrounding gender (trans, non-binary, questioning society and culture prescriptions), sexuality (BDSM, ENM, kink, fetish, anorgasmia), and body politics/pain/disability (body dysmorphia, autoimmune disease, cancer, disability).
In both areas of expertise, Sloan often uses a combination of therapeutic modalities to get positive results. She often starts with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to work on maladaptive stress patterns, negative beliefs, thoughts, and patterns of behavior. She also incorporates elements from Imago Relationship Therapy and Gottman to learn new healthier forms of communication, as well as to help create an understanding of how and why we are attracted to certain individuals based on our Family of Origin. She often uses Feminist Therapy and Narrative Therapy when working on issues surrounding identity, power, and control, to help you become the hero of your story.
Sloan is a full and adamant supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. She began her work in this community when she was a professor and continues it now as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She previously taught in the University Writing Program at Columbia University in New York City, where her work centered on helping others to better understand identity and the complexities presented in today’s world around gender and sexuality; she uses this background to help bring these teachings into the therapy room.
She also has a passion for working with women. She loves helping women heal from past relationships and sexual trauma, and often volunteers to work with individuals recovering from cancer and other health concerns that affect their ability to be intimate.
Coral Gutierrez is completing her Masters in Counseling and Family Therapy. Coral is the kind of healer that wants to help you think bigger than your problems and help you heal the past so that you can break the patterns that are holding you back from your next level. She is fully bilingual in English and Spanish and her areas of expertise are: anxiety, depression, confidence issues, grief, eating disorders, weight loss /bariatrics, survivors of abuse, trauma, PTSD, spirituality, work related issues and more.
Coral’s approach comes from a Solution-focused brief therapy perspective. Solution-focused therapy is a goal-directed collaborative approach which incorporates positive psychology principles and practices, and helps clients evolve by constructing new solutions rather than focusing on their problems.
Though she is a structured therapist, she has experience with Narrative Therapy which is a form of counseling that helps clients externalize their problems which allows distance from their issues. With this new perspective, individuals feel more empowered to make changes in their thought patterns and behavior and “rewrite” their life story for a future that reflects who they are, what they are capable of, and what their purpose is, separate from their problems.