Intersectional Cognitive Behavior Therapy & Approach (I-CBT)
Our trauma-responsive approach consists of using Intersectional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Approach (I-CBT) and Somatic Sex Therapy. Developed by Lena Queen, LCSW, M.E.d, I-CBT is a 3-module integrative trauma-responsive healing model that is informed by a person's lived experience honoring the relationship between one's identity and systems of power and oppression. One's identity could include but is not limited to race, ethnicity/culture, gender, class, ability, spirituality and power.
I-CBT includes the emotional coaching system, SHIFT, which is comprised of 4 mindfulness strategies when used intentionally has tremendous impact on helping one navigate and support themselves when experiencing emotional discomfort. Similarly with the I-CBT framework, each strategy can also be used concurrently or as a stand-alone intervention depending on the intensity of the discomfort experienced. SHIFT has been shown to be effective for tweens, teens and adults.
For pre-school and elementary age children, I-CBT also includes the emotional coaching intervention Feel-Think-Do, which has been to be useful to younger humans in maintaining their emotional safety.
I-CBT focuses on the embodiment of one's lived experience by addressing the question-Who Am I? We process this embodiment as it informs a person’s relationship to Self and others and is the undercurrent of their decision-making and health of those relationships.
Informed by Sandra Bloom's Sanctuary Model, I-CBT can be used in a variety of professional and community settings including professional settings , life coaching settings, outpatient, inpatient, residential, community-based, community centers, and schools.
Somatic Sex Therapy
Somatic sexology is not a new concept to sexology (sex education & sex therapy), but often seen as fringe because it teaches client’s how to improve their mind-body connection (experience-focus) which is unlike traditional sex therapy’s sensate focus (i.e. outcome/orgasm-focus). Like many other helping professions, sexology must undergo a transformation to disrupt and de-center dominant narratives that assume heterosexuality and monogamy and challenge research that is framed in those dominant narratives, which are rooted in Euro-centric views and values (i.e. White supremacy).
With Black Sexual Epistemology’s The Erotic Self (Gilbert, 2019) and grounded in the intersectional pleasure-manifesto, Audre Lorde's Uses of the Erotic, Queen's brand of Somatic Sex Therapy is a 4-module decolonizing, intersectional queer and trans-affirming approach to sexology that is an integrative, healing-centered, & body-based approach to sex therapy.
I-CBT & Somatic Sex Therapy training can only available provided by Lena Queen, LCSW. M.Ed.
Get the home study course,Intro to Intersectional Cognitive Behavior ( I-CBT) , here and learn more about Queen's professional development trainings and teaching institute, visit The WHOLE-Self Healing Institute, Inc.
Learning from the lived experience of Black and other marginalized sexualities , their ancestral and generational wisdom, in addition to, evidence-based sexological research , Journey Wellness & Consulting provides a comprehensive way of delivering therapy and supportive services that challenges "the defaults" or dominant narratives of pleasure, sexuality, gender, and bodies.
Outpatient psychotherapy and support for youth and their families should be accessible. Journey Wellness is honored to work with Delaware's Division of Prevention & Behavioral Health (PBH) for Children, Youth and their Families (DSCYF) in providing community-based outpatient therapy and therapeutic support for their families.
Youth and their families who receive these community-based services will work with Journey Wellness' 2-member mobile therapy team consisting of a lead clinician and therapeutic support clinician. Each team may work with their assigned youth and family over an period of 6-24 months, several hours weekly. Services will include individual and family therapy, in addition to, youth and family development support.
Each mobile team will provide Journey Wellness's WHOLE-listic, affirming, & trauma-responsive approach to service delivery under the clinical direction of Lena Queen, LCSW,M.Ed. Services must be approved by DSCYF. For more information regarding Journey's mobile therapy program, please email Lena at LenaQ@JourneyWellnessDelaware.com. or Amanda Welch, Practice Manager, at AmandaW@JourneyWellnessDelaware.com.
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