Richard M. Siegel, Ph.D., LMHC, CST
Director, Modern Sex Therapy Institutes
RICHARD M. SIEGEL, Ph.D., LMHC, CST, is the Director of Modern Sex Therapy Institutes, a postgraduate continuing education institute training sex therapists and sexual medicine specialists at multiple sites throughout the country. Dr. Siegel is a Florida-licensed mental health counselor and Board-certified sex therapist, and is certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) as a sex therapist and supervisor. He has a rich experiential background, including over 20 years working in sexuality education and addiction treatment, teaching on college campuses, and maintaining a private sex therapy practice. He enjoys a reputation as a seasoned and in-demand workshop and conference presenter, in addition to his work in training and supervising sex therapists.
Dr. Siegel has served AASECT as conference co-chair for three consecutive years, followed by two elected terms as Board Secretary, and has been appointed as the chair of the Supervisor Certification Committee. He is also a Clinical Member of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR), and serves on the Executive Committee of that organization as its Membership Officer.
He completed his Doctoral dissertation at the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists in Orlando, FL, with a research focus on the integration of healthy sexuality and addiction treatment. He has worked enthusiastically to integrate traditional sex therapy into the emergent specialty of sexual medicine, as well as the addiction treatment field.
For inquiries regarding trainings, staff development, speaking engagements or clinical case supervision, please send an email to Ricky@ModernSexTherapy.com.
Rachel Needle, Psy.D
Director, Modern Sex Therapy Institutes
Dr. Needle received her M.S. and Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She received her B.A. in psychology from Barnard College, Columbia University. Dr. Needle completed an internship in clinical psychology at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Medical School in Piscataway, New Jersey.
Dr. Needle is a Licensed Psychologist and Certified Sex Therapist in private practice at the Center for Marital and Sexual Health of South Florida (www.cmshsf.com). She is also the founder and executive director of the Whole Health Psychological Center (www.wholehealthpsych.com) a comprehensive psychological practice with therapists with a broad range of specialty areas. She is the founder and CEO of the Advanced Mental Health Training Institute, which provides continuing education to Florida mental health professionals, as well as Psychologists and sex therapists across the world (www advancedmentalhealthtrainings.com). She has an ongoing blog and personal website (www.drrachel.com).
Dr. Needle is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology in the Department of Behavioral Sciences, in the Masters in Forensic Psychology, and in the Doctorate in Criminal Justice programs at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Dr. Needle’s clinical and research interests include sexual function and dysfunction, relationship concerns, sexual compulsivity, battered women, and trauma. She has a particular interest in working with individuals both during and following cancer treatment. Dr. Needle has presented her research and clinical work at national and international conferences. She has been quoted in a number of popular magazines such as Details, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Cosmo Girl, and Shape, and has written several articles for Glamour Magazine’s online Blog: Smitten.
Melissa A. Novak, LCSW, CST
Co-Director, Modern Sex Therapy Institutes-Chicago
Melissa Novak a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Sex Therapist, in Chicago, IL, specializing in the treatment of sexual dysfunction, personality disorders as well as depression and anxiety related disorders. She earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Social Work from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she focused her studies on human sexuality and sexual therapy.
Ms. Novak completed a six-month internship at Planned Parenthood of South Palm Beach and Broward counties, where she served as a sexual therapist and educator, and then, in 2011, completed an additional yearlong fellowship program at the Depression and Anxiety Specialty Clinic, focused on further developing skills within Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other empirically validated approaches. She continued in private practice until launching MN Therapies in 2013. Ms. Novak also serves as an educator and supervisor within the Chicagoland community, as well as within her various organizations. She is an adjunct professor for University of Chicago’s Social Service Administration program and a member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR) and the PROS-Network Chicago. She has completed Levels I and II of Gottman Method Couples Therapy.