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Joanne Z. FlanneryCertified Clinical Sexologist MA MFT

Joanne Z. Flannery is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) with a Master’s degree in Sexology. Jo received her undergraduate degree from Marquette University after which she pursued a postgraduate and Master’s degree in Sexology at Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Western Australia, and finally a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago Il.

During her time at Curtin University Jo studied the various sexual dysfunctions, paraphilia’s, kink, non-monogamy, sexuality across the lifespan, sexuality and illness, sexuality and loss, intimacy, desire, romance and relationships. While completing her postgraduate degree Jo researched and presented on some of her clinical interests, including tantra in sex therapy, polyamory and the healing power of touch.

For her master’s degree thesis Jo conducted a research project on sexual desire discrepancy and its effects on intimacy within the relationship. After completion of her postgraduate and master’s degree in sexology, Jo sought an opportunity to learn how to best treat couples facing not only sexual but individual and relational issues as well. At the Adler School Jo learned and applied couple and family therapy theory, including Structural Couple Therapy, and had the honor of being educated by the premiere Structural therapist in Chicago. Throughout her time at the Adler School Jo gained knowledge on relational issues, including communication, infidelity, parenting, combative relationships, and mental illness within relationships.

Jo is a certified clinical sexologist through the American College of Sexologists (ACS) and a member of the American Association of Marital and Family Therapists (AAMFT), and a member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (ASSECT).

Since completing both of her Master’s degree’s Jo has worked as a Sex and Relationship Therapist in specialized private practices in Chicago, IL. As a clinical sexologist and couples and family therapist, she helps individuals, couples and groups realize their full sexual and relational potential. By focusing on mindfulness, self-esteem and personal responsibility, she educates and assists her clients with sexual difficulties and relationship conflicts. Jo brings acceptance and encouragement and provides a space to discuss a broad spectrum of sexual concerns from sexual dysfunction, desire discrepancies, erotic preferences, and issues with intimacy and trust.

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March 2017

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February 2017


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September 2016

Lifeworks Psychotherapy Center

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January 2017

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