Joseph Winn, MSW, LICSW, CST-S

Joseph Winn, MSW, LICSW, CST-S


I graduated from Boston University in 1995 with a Masters Degree in Social Work and a specialization in group psychotherapy. While studying at Boston University, my field placements focused on family therapy, adult mental health, substance abuse and dependency, community mental health and people diagnosed with HIV and AIDS.

My undergraduate degree was completed in 1993 through The University of Massachusetts Boston. While enrolled at U-Mass Boston, I worked full time with homeless men, women and families struggling with chronic mental illness, substance dependency, and domestic violence. I was employed at McLean Hospital for several years where I worked primarily in an adolescent residential program and several other programs including the psychotic disorders residential unit.

Ideas that influence how I work with clients:

I maintain an eclectic approach to my work as a psychotherapist. This means that, rather than relying on a single theory base, my understanding of human relationships, struggles, and problem resolution is influenced by multiple psychological and sociological schools of thought. As no two people, couples, families, or problems are exactly alike, a mixed model approachallows me to tailor my interventions to work with my client’s in creating personalized approaches to resolving their presenting concerns.

Some of the models that I’ve found most helpful in my practice include various family systems theories, emotion focused therapy, existentialism, humanism, contemporary psychodynamic perspectives, motivational interventions, somatic awareness models, narrative, constructivist and collaborative language approaches, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and harm reduction interventions.

In addition to seeing clients, I also lecture, teach and supervise about issues such as domestic violence, substance abuse, LGBTQQIAA mental health, problematic sexual behavior, LGBTQIAA elders and sexuality, sex therapy, and problematic relationship dynamics.