A little about me:
Hi, I’m Anne Mauro, LMFT, DHS, CSE, CST. Please just call me Anne.
I am a Bi-racial Black, multi-cultural, cis, queer, femme, vegetarian, woman, made and raised in the Pacific Northwest (PNW).
I've been studying sex since 1998. That's right, even way back then I knew I wanted to be a Sex Therapist and Educator.
I started down this road in college, when I took a Human Sexuality and Psychology 101 course at the same time. And, I thought – these two go together.
At first, I thought I wanted to be a Forensic Psychologist and become an expert on sex crimes. I quickly realized that I didn’t want to sit in murder and crime trauma all day. My greater passion was to enhance the lives of people who were living – to help them connect the dots between relationship satisfaction and erotic potential.
I started doing this work before there were formal programs or certifications. I later became the first certified sex therapist in Tacoma and the first therapist and sexuality educator in Washington state. I am the only woman of color in my city doing this work and the only sex therapist with a doctorate degree.
Now a recognized expert, published author, certified educator, and Chair of the AASECT Ethics Committee, I’ve worked really hard to get here and I love what I do.
I am passionate about supporting clients who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and work to provide therapeutic services through an affirmative and anti-colonial lens.
When I'm not therapizing, supervising, educating, mothering, tending to my dog, cat, fish, rabbit, plants, and trees, you can find me out on my motorcycle riding as close as I can to the sea breeze.
Also, I'm a multi-generational nerd.
As far as theoretical orientations go, I find both intersectionality and ecosystems relational therapy most helpful in looking at how historical and political factors are interacting with other identifiers such as age, birth nation, immigration states, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation, gender, kink orientation, etc.
Both models are trauma informed and are useful in assessment and treatment. As a multi-generational nerd, I also draw on Bowen's work, the Genogram, for assessment of intergenerational resilience and sexual legacy.
A note on my clinical and academic skills…
My work had a more drastic shift a few years ago while I was researching miscegenation for my first publication, “More than Ebony and Ivory: Complexities of working with Interracial Couples in Sex Therapy" (Mauro, 2021). I used my identity as a reference point of sorts in my examination of the history of American sexuality.
And, it has not been pretty. What I found was great tragedy. Fallacies enveloped in what we were taught as truth and disguised as romanticized history. I spent years uncovering truths and unraveling untruths. It was then that I started to grasp the historical sexual traumas that are linked to our present-day sexual suffering. I took a deep dive into colonization and sex and came out with a greater understanding of the impact of colonialism, imperialism, capitalism, white supremacy and patriarchy on our sexualities. Doing the work to decolonize myself provided a framework to decolonize my work and sharpen my anti-oppressive and anti-racist skills. I am still uncovering how western centric cisheteropatriarchal practices enter my work. However, rest assured, when they are uncovered, I work to dismantle that shit!
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Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality
Doctorate in Human Sexuality
Associate Degree in Sex Education
Antioch University Seattle
Master's in Psychology with specialization in Couples and Family Therapy
LMFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Certified Sex Therapist
Certified Sexuality Educator
American Associates of Clinical Sexology
Level 1 & 2 Training in Gottman Method Couple Therapy
Sexual Attitude Restructuring Process
Sexually Transmitted Infections: A Sexological Health Perspective
Washington State HIV & AIDS
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy TF-CBT
Level 1 Lifespan Integration Therapy
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
Washington Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (WAMFT)
Science for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS)
Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WoCSHN)
American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)
American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) People of Color Special Interest Group
Of great importance...
I live and profit from the unceded lands of the Duwamish and Puyallup people. I acknowledge the direct correlation to this land theft and the continued genocide and sexual violence towards our Indigenous people, as is blatantly visible with our current local Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) epidemic.
In memorandum of the assaulted, lost, and/or murdered loved ones and ancestors on our land and beyond, I strive to increase awareness around the harmful effects of colonization.