CEO/FOUNDER: Heather Mcpherson, Ma, LPC-s, lmft, CST
Southwest | Great Lakes
Heather McPherson, MA, LPC-S, LMFT is the CEO/Founder The Sexual Health Alliance and also maintains a private practice (respark.co) in South Austin, Texas specializing in sexuality and relationships. She is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S). She also is the Texas Section Leader for AASECT (American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists). She helps clients gain confidence, rebuild trust, increase playfulness, and find passion and meaning in their erotic lives. Heather graduated from Texas State University with a MA in Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy; a CACREP Accredited Program.
Director of operations: Erin lefler, ma, lmft
Erin Lefler, MA, LMFT is the director of operations for the Southwest Sexual Health Alliance. She is in private practice and works with relationship and intimacy issues with couples and individuals. Coming from an attachment and experiential perspective, she works with people who want to build a better relationship with self and others through discovering their authentic selves. Specifically, Erin focuses on desire discrepancy, healing after infidelity, working with sexual pain disorders, building a deeper and more intimate connection between partners, and helping individuals and partners better understand their attachment style and how to navigate this in relationships.
Director of Outreach: Brenna Ansley
Brenna Ansley is a graduate student at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. She is enrolled in the Professional Counseling Program focusing in Marital, Couple & Family Counseling. During her undergraduate degree, she studied Psychology, Studio Art, and Multicultural Studies, taking a special interest in Feminist Politics, Queer Theory, and Human Sexuality. Brenna is the Director of Student Services for the Southwest Sexual Health Alliance under the guidance of its founders. She will serve as liaison connecting local universities with our mission of provocative dialogue and radical collaboration.
DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL MEDIA: Jill Baumgarner, LCP-Intern
Jill Baumgarner, LPC-Intern, is a private contractor in Austin, TX under the supervision of Claudia Thompson, LPC-S & LMFT-S. Jill primarily works with adult couples and individuals about sexual health and relational issues in her practice. She works to help couples restore their sexual vitality and explore their sexual identities. Jill is the Social Media Director for the Southwest Sexual Health Alliance under the guidance of its founders. By connecting with organizations, media outlets and individuals, she virtually connects those who wish to enhance their sexual awareness and intelligence through collaboration with Southwest Sexual Health Alliance.
CO-founder, Sex Nerd Book CLub diva: Dylan Davies, MA, LMFT-Associate
Dylan Davies is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (LMFT-A) specializing in sexuality and relationships at IPNB Psychotherapy in South Austin. She values diversity and enjoys working with people to help them cultivate fulfilling relationships. Dylan's mission is to help her clients explore the paradoxes in sex and intimacy, prioritize pleasure and create more vital and exuberant relationships. She's passionate about helping others create lasting transformation through empowered self-acceptance. Her special interests are working with high-conflict couples, discernment counseling as well as helping couples recover after an infidelity.
Sex Nerd Trivia Diva: Adam Maurer, MA, LMFT, LPC
Adam Maurer, MA, LMFT, LPC has been making the world more sex + since 1982. When she's not writing blogs about sex and relationships, she's helping others navigate their sex lives and relationships in therapy. From kink to alternative relationships, HIV to learning how to bottom, Adam is here to show you the way!
sex nerd trivia director: samar poorlakani, ma, lpc-Intern
Samar Poorlakani, LPC-Intern, works in a private practice in South Austin. She is a sex-positive, kink, and poly knowledgeable therapist who works with individuals, couples, and families of all configurations. Sex-positive, to her, is about embracing sexuality with an emphasis on consent and safe sex. Samar hopes to create a safe and non-judgmental space for her clients to be able to discuss sex, their sexual identity, and sexual behaviors without shame and awkwardness. Outside of alternative sexual lifestyles, Samar also has experience with sexual health and dysfunctions, healing from infidelity, communication and conflict repair, and restoring intimacy.
Community Activity Manager: Emily Bridge, MSSW, LCSW
Emily Bridge, MSSW, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Approved Supervisor with a private practice in Austin, TX. She specializes in working with individuals and couples around relationship and sexuality issues, and with the LGBTQ+ community. Emily is passionate about helping clients in their coming out process, exploring sexual and relationship identity, and creating a sexually vital life. Emily also supervises Licensed Master Social Workers working towards full clinical licensure.
President: Jane J. Bintz, MA, LMFT, LPC
Jane J. Bintz, MA is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in relationships and sexual health. As the owner of Center For Change & Well-Being in Houston, TX, she has an eclectic, compassionate, and sex-positive approach to help her clients reach their therapeutic needs. Her practice welcomes individuals, couples, and families of all relationship dynamics that want to address sex-related issues including sexual desire between partners, sexuality concerns, affair recovery, anxiety, communication issues, and sexual trauma.
Operations Director: Eliza Boquin, MA, LMFT-Associate
Eliza Boquin, MA is a sex-positive Relationship Therapist, Sex Therapist and owner of The Relationship & Sexual Wellness Center in Houston, TX. She takes a collaborative sex-positive/pleasure-positive approach based on theory-based clinical interventions. She works with individuals, couples, and all relationship configurations to address a variety of topics related to sex including: gender identity, sexless relationships, out of control sexual behavior, and gaps in sexual desire between partners.
Director of Communications: Katherine smith Mattioli, MA, LPC-Intern
Katherine Smith Mattioli, MA, is a LPC-Intern who works at the Center for Creative Resources in Houston, TX. She is currently working on advanced training in sex therapy from the University of Michigan’s Sexual Health Certificate Program. Katherine works with individuals, couples, and family of all relationship dynamics using an integrative process focusing on a sex-positive approach. She works with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, sexual trauma, communication issues, pre-marital counseling, gender identity, and intimacy issues.
Director: Stefani Threadgill, MS, LMFT-Associate, LCDC
Stefani Threadgill is a sex therapist, couples therapist, and dating and relationship coach specializing in the sexual concerns and relationship issues of couples and individuals. Stefani is the owner and founder of Stefani Threadgill, PLLC and The Sex Therapy Institute and is the Director of the DFW Chapter of the Southwest Sexual Health Alliance alongside Beth Boatman. She sees patients at her office in The Shops at Legacy in Plano, TX. You can follow her on Sex With Stefani on NewsFix on KDAF The CW33.
Assistant Director: Sandra Khalil
Sandra Khalil is a graduate student at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. She studied Linguistics, Spanish Literature, and Arabic Literature for her bachelors at The University of Texas at Austin. Enrolled in the Masters in Counseling Program, she's pursuing both Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist licensure. Sandra is interested in working with underserved populations, including refugees, low-income areas, and military personnel. As Assistant Director of the Dallas Chapter, she's passionate about educating professionals and the general population about different topics in sexuality and sexual health. She hopes to help open the conversation and lessen the discomfort people feel when discussing their sexuality.
Director: Beth Boatman, MS, LMFT-Associate, CSE
Southwest (Fort Worth)
Beth Boatman is a licensed marriage and family therapist therapist and certified AASECT sex educator that specializes in sex therapy and relationship counseling for individuals, couples, and families in the Fort Worth, Texas and surrounding areas. She specializes in issues such as loss of passion, sexual functioning, infidelity, illness and injury, and integrated care. As a passionate advocate for sexual health, she also provides engaging speaker presentations and trainings for both community members, medical providers, and licensed professionals.