Therapists

Meet Our Team

Our Team

Philadelphia Institute for Individual Relational & Sex Therapy is a practice of highly trained and specialized therapists dedicated to helping people gain greater insight and create greater joy in their lives. We provide services for individuals, families and all types of relationships. Philadelphia Institute for Individual, Relational & Sex Therapy has 2 convenient locations.

Philadelphia, PA Office
Media, PA Office

Philadelphia, PA Office

Medical Tower
255 S. 17th Street, Suite 2200, Philadelphia PA 19103

Chris F. Fariello
Chris F. FarielloPhD, MA, LMFT, CST, Office Director
Founder and Director of PhIIRST, Dr. Chris Fariello has over 25 years of experience as an educator, trainer, public speaker, writer, and therapist.
Melissa Dessereau
Melissa DessereauLMFT
Melissa is a perceptive and nuanced therapist with a refreshingly frank style. For over 25 years, ​they have been working with individuals, couples, and families to foster personal growth and satisfying relationships.
Chris Wilson
Chris WilsonPhD, LMFT, MFT, MEd, CHES
Chris is a licensed psychotherapist who specializes in LGBTQ issues, sexuality issues, couples, and families.
Jordan Lief
Jordan LiefPsy.D., CSAT
Dr. Lief is a licensed psychologist who treats people struggling with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma/PTSD, loss of a loved one, sexual difficulties, and relationship distress.
Erin Seeherman
Erin SeehermanMS
Through a systemic lens and eclectic approach, Erin collaborates with clients to build a therapeutic alliance and develop an individualized plan tailored to each client’s needs. Erin is a graduate of the Mental Health Counseling program at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Post Graduate Certificate Program in Sex Therapy at Council for Relationships.
Anna Vresilovic
Anna VresilovicM.S.Ed
Anna works with individuals and couples interested in transforming their interpersonal relationships and themselves. She received her Masters in Mental Health counseling from the University of Pennsylvania and is a member of AASECT.
Kaitlin DiGiacinto
Kaitlin DiGiacintoMFT
Kaitlin is a graduate of the Marriage and Family Therapy program at La Salle University.
Carly Goodkin
Carly GoodkinMFT
Carly Goodkin holds a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University.
Anna Stewart
Anna StewartMFT
Anna Stewart is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University’s Couple and Family Therapy Program with a concentration in sex therapy.
Sara Mairs
Sara MairsLSW, MSW
Sara is a licensed social worker with a Master in Social Work from University of Pittsburgh. They are passionate about working with folx within the LGBTQ+ as well as alternative sex communities.
Rebecca Bassman
Rebecca BassmanMFT
Rebecca is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson’s Marriage and Family Therapy program with a specialty in Sex Therapy. Clients would say that they value Rebecca’s open communication style and her ability to look through a systemic lens. Rebecca is culturally competent and well versed on a wide range of human sexuality issues and topics.
Seneka Rupert
Seneka RupertMEd, LMFT
Seneka is a licensed marriage and family therapist, holding degrees from Widener University and Chestnut Hill College.  Being a direct and authentic clinician, she believes that relationships thrive on shared intimacy and open, honest communication. 

Media, PA Office

The Office Court at Pennell Place
1215 W. Baltimore Ave., Office #1, Media PA 19063

Chris F. Fariello
Chris F. FarielloPhD, MA, LMFT, Office Director
Founder and Director of PhIIRST, Dr. Chris Fariello has over 20 years of experience as an educator, trainer, public speaker, writer, and therapist.
Chris Wilson
Chris WilsonPhD, LMFT, MFT, MEd, CHES
is a licensed psychotherapist who specializes in LGBTQ issues, sexuality issues, couples, and families.
Erica Thomke
Erica ThomkeLSW, MEd
Erica is a licensed social worker and also holds a Masters of Education in Human Sexuality from Widener University.
Sara Mairs
Sara MairsLSW, MSW
Sara is a licensed social worker with a Master in Social Work from University of Pittsburgh. They are passionate about working with folx within the LGBTQ+ as well as alternative sex communities.