Shannon Sennott, LICSW - Clinical Sex Therapy Associate
Shannon is a licensed independent clinical social worker. A graduate of Smith School for Social Work and the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society in New York City, she has a broad range of expertise working with inviduals and couples - additionally, she has worked extensively with families and understands the issues and concerns facing parents. Shannon has completed clinical trainings in Level 1 and Level 11 Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and has a particular focus on sexuality and gender concerns. As a clinican working towards board certification as an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, Shannon works with individuals and couples, and especially enjoys working with people in alternative relationship structures. Shannon's strength as a therapist lie in her ability to relate in an open and straightforward way with people. One of the founders of the advocacy and education organization, TRANSLATE GENDER, INC., Shannon lives with her partner in Northampton, MA. She likes to scuba dive and has a dearly-loved dog, Skinny.
Amy Basford-Pequet, LICSW - Clinical Sex Therapy Associate
Amy received her Masters in Social Work from the Smith College School for Social Work. Her work is deeply informed by attachment and relational therapies, the lens she uses with individuals and couples, and also groups. Amy's passion for group work led her to The Psychotherapy Institute's Group Therapy Training Program, an intensive two-year advanced training program based in Berkeley, CA. A Certified Group Psychotherapist, Amy is also Gottman Method Couples Therapy trained. Amy's talent as a therapist is in her ability to create a holding space conducive to deep therapeutic relationships. Amy has extensive experience working with people who have experienced significant trauma - including sexual trauma- and also people who have struggled with addiction. She also has expertise in working with clients who are dealing with issues related to gender and sexuality. Born in Maine, Amy spent over a decade living in California's Bay Area. Amy is dedicated to anti-oppression and liberation work; while living in the Bay, she spent 4 years as a member of Uncovering Our Hearts, a multigenerational Buddhist anti-racist group that explored the intersections between race, sexuality, and spirituality. She lives in the Pioneer Valley with her partner and their small son, and understands well the joys and struggles of raising children.
"I met Amy when she first came to the practice. As a matter of fact, I waited patiently for her arrival to begin my sessions and I am so happy I did. Amy’s warm voice and accepting and supportive demeanor immediately made the space feel open and safe. Not once did I question whether or not I should hold something back. Quickly, I began to look forward to our weekly sessions as if she were a best friend and our schedules only lined up for an hour a week. Amy has helped me see how I can be my biggest ally while also acting as the best guide to unravelling all of my seeming like mysteries. Not only has our work together transformed my life in such a short amount of time, but her influence continues. I feel truly honored to have worked with someone who is so compassionate and understanding to the many multitudes of the human experience. She has helped cultivate a love for myself I didn’t think possible and this is something I will always be grateful for." C.M. Northampton, MA.
Michael Carter, LICSW - Clinical Sex Therapy Associate
Michael is a graduate of the Smith College School for Social Work and is an Independent Licensed Social Worker. He comes to Northampton Sex Therapy Associates with a wealth of experience working with individuals, couples and families. He has worked in a variety of settings and roles which gives him multiple perspectives and understandings to his therapeutic approach. Michael’s strength as a therapist is his ability and desire to relate his client’s struggles and to provide a compassionate and open minded space for transformation to occur. Utilizing creativity and humor Michael has special expertise in men’s issues, major mental illness, adolescence, trauma, loss and life changes. He has a long practice in yoga and mindfulness, is an avid competitive swimmer, a non-competitive knitter and dog lover.
Madeline Nussbaum, LICSW - Clinical Sex Therapy Associate
Madeline is a licensed independent clinical social worker who received her master’s degree from the Smith College School for Social Work. Madeline has experience working with individuals, couples, families, and people in alternative relationship structures. Her work is informed by narrative, feminist, and relational approaches with a particular interest in gender and sexuality. Madeline is a thoughtful and caring therapist whose strength lies in her ability to help people see things from new perspectives and develop their innate intuition, and insight. Madeline has expertise on a wide range of issues including trauma, grief and loss, attachment, and the concerns of adolescents and young adults. Madeline enjoys running, painting, and home improvement projects. She lives with her partner in Northampton, MA and has two cats named after jazz musicians.
Brooke Norton, - Clinical Sex Therapy Intern
Brooke is in her final year of her Graduate Marriage/Family Therapy program at UMass Boston - and already has a Masters degree in Library and Information Science. She is a certified Sex Educator, and consults with individuals, families, and couples. Brooke has presented many workshops for parents in the Pioneer Valley and beyond and has expertise in how to provide children with age-appropriate sexuality education, as well as how to work with adult populations on a variety of sexuality education topics, including parenting, sexuality and body image. Brooke has also created and teaches her own Positive Puberty curriculum at area elementary schools. Brooke’s strengths-based framework allows for open dialogue and honesty. She is a parent of two growing boys, and she also enjoys singing in a local rock and roll choir!