Sharaine Conner, LMSW, IADC | The Affirmative Couch

Sharaine Conner, LMSW, IADC

Sharaine Conner

Name: Sharaine Conner, LMSW IADC

Pronouns: She/ Her/ Hers

Contributions: Author

Identities: Pansexual Female

Language(s) Spoken: English, American Sign Language (ASL)

Phone: 515-375-1488

Address: 2213 Grand Avenue Des Moines, IA 50312

Website: thrivingfamiliesservices.com | psychologytoday.com

Supervised By (if not licensed): William Walker LISW


Get to know me:

I am a licensed clinical social worker and adjunct instructor at the University of Iowa School of Social Work. I am also an experienced presenter and trainer in the addictions field. I utilize motivational interviewing, CBT, attachment methods and EFT as well as skills from art, music, and narrative therapy.

What does affirmative psychotherapy mean to me?

When I think of affirmative psychotherapy I think of the term affirmative action – the policies that support members of a disabilities group that have suffered discrimination through an array of different forms. That being said, affirmative psychotherapy is a way of supporting clients in order to help them achieve goals in a positive and equal way. Therapists who are affirmative are understanding, knowledgable and supportive; providing a safe and controlled space for anyone they are working with.

What populations do I work with? What is my level of expertise (friendly, knowledgeable, expert) for each of those populations?

I work with children and adults (ages 12 and older) and a diverse array of clients of different races, gender, sexualities, and abilities. Although my background was originally in substance abuse, addictions and impulse disorders, I am a generalist clinician with knowledge in a number of areas and concerns. I love to work with couples and other relationship styles (such as polyamory) as well as families. I have also done some specialized work in the kink and BDSM communities.

What is my approach to healing?

I pride myself on being an eclectic therapist that works to build understanding and hope through collaborative a change. I work hard to individualize treatment for each individual I work with. No two treatment journeys are alike and I don’t believe “cookie-cutter” treatment.

What issues am I most skilled at addressing as a mental health professional?

Addictions (alcohol, drugs, eating disorders, gambling, gaming and sex), anxiety, depression, co-dependency, coping skills, self-esteem, gender and identity questioning, family conflict, infidelity/ relationship issues, trauma/ PTSD

EDUCATION & LICENSE

Education: Bachelors in Social Work (emphasis in human sexuality and education); Masters in Clinical Social Work

Years in Practice: 8

School: University of Iowa; University of New England

Year Graduated: 2012, 2015

License # and State: 083321 Iowa

Additional Credentials: International Alcohol and Drug Counselor (IADC); NASW – Iowa Chapter; ASIST Certified and Trained Responder; SASSI certified screener; trained SYMBIS Assessment facilitator

Training Experience: Emotional Focused Couples Therapy (EFT); Training & specialization in Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy

OFFICE INFORMATION

Accessibility: Handicap Accessible; Teletherapy through Thera-Link
Gender Neutral Restrooms: Yes

FINANCES

Fee Range: $100-$175, sliding scale

Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check, Credit/ Debit Card

Accepted Insurance Plans: Blue Cross Blue Shield, UMR, Optum, Magellan, Anthem, United Health Care, Medicaid (Amerigroup & Total Care)