A little about Anne Mauro:
Hi, I'm Anne Mauro, LMFT, DHS, CSE, CST-S. Please just call me Anne (she/her). I am a Bi-racial Black, multi-cultural, cis, queer, femme, vegetarian, woman, made and raised in the Pacific Northwest (PNW).
I wear a lot of professional hats. Brace yourself, because I'm about to tell you about a few. I'm a Washington State licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), an American Association of Sex Therapist, Educators, and Therapists (AASECT) certified sex therapist. I have a private practice that is nestled in the interwebs on Coast Salish Territory in Washington State. In my practice I specialize in sex therapy with adults.
I'm also an AASECT certified sexuality educator. I normally teach in graduate or post-graduate programs in the sexuality departments. I will, at times, guest lecture when given the opportunity.
In addition, I am a LMFT supervisor for Washington State,
an Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Supervisor, and AASECT Sex Therapy Supervisor. I oversea the clinical work of my supervises that are working towards their sex therapy certification through AASECT.
The last things I'll say about work stuff is that I am a newly published author. You can find my first publication, a chapter in this book, written about the complexities of sex therapy with interracial relationships. My newest publication is on preorder now and can be found here.
Ok, maybe I did not mention the last work thing. Being connected and giving back to my professional family is important to me. I have been on the AASECT Awards Committee since 2018 and I currently hold the chair position. I am also a member of the AASECT Ethics Advisory Committee (EAC), where I am the lead for EAC education workgroup. The last professional group that I share my time with is the AASECT People of Color Special Interest Group.
As you can see, I have spent my adult life committed to clinical sexology and sexuality education. Believe it or not, 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 received my calling to this field when I took a Human Sexuality and Psychology 101 course at the same time. And, I thought – I can research this stuff for the rest of my life and never be bored! I loved it.
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 later became the first certified sex therapist in Tacoma and the first person to hold a certificate as AASECT sex therapist and AASECT sexuality educator in Washington state. I am one of very few women of color in Washington State doing this work.
I’ve worked really hard to get here and I love what I do.
I am passionate about supporting marginalized folx 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, 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
AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (CST)
AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE)
AASECT CST Supervisor (CST-S)
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.