Giovanni is a PhD Candidate in Human Sexuality. They hold a Master of Counseling and Art Therapy from Adler University, and a Bachelor of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. JS has over 3 years of experience providing psychotherapy, and 7 years of experience using art-based methods to empower trans, genderqueer, and nonbinary people.
JS works as a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern at Market Street Center for Psychotherapy, a private practice internship in San Francisco.
JS specializes in helping their psychotherapy clients address issues related to sex, love, intimacy and gender from a relational, queer, feminist, strength-based, anti-oppressive, client-centered, existential, sex positive, kink and poly aware perspective.
JS's current research interests include:
- Sexual citizenship
- Sexual repression
- Pleasure and eroticism
- Sexual empowerment
- Sex work
- Trans, genderqueer, and non binary identities
- BDSM and kink
- Polyamory non-monogamy
JS is interested in collaborating with others on:
- Community-based participatory action research
- Arts-based research
- Transdisciplinary research