Michele Day, LCSW, CSAT-S
Therapist, Coach
Pronouns:  she, her, hers

Chicago Center for Sexual Wellbeing

Michele is the Director of the Chicago Center for Sexual Wellbeing.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a master's degree in social work from Loyola University Chicago and undergraduate degrees in psychology and marketing. She has completed a fellowship in Advanced Psychodynamic Theory at the University of Chicago and trained at the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP), earning her Certification in Sex Addiction Therapy (CSAT-S).

Michele has over 20 years of experience in social services and private practice.  She worked in inner-city psychiatric hospitals, child welfare agencies, substance abuse treatment agencies, and nonprofit organizations. For 14 years she worked extensively with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), providing clinical services in Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Department of Neurology interdisciplinary clinic. Michele was also an adjunct faculty member at the Loyola University Chicago’s Graduate School of Social Work, teaching Individual and Family Therapy.

Michele strives to support all people in their recovery journey.  She is deeply empathetic toward her patients, her own life having been touched by many of the struggles that her clients experience.  Michele’s therapeutic approach is client-centered, offering support without judgment. She is passionate about providing treatment to the whole person and understanding the larger world that they belong to.   

Michele’s knowledge of the sex addiction field, coupled with her excellent psychotherapeutic skills, make her an ideal advocate for anyone ready to break the addiction cycle and start life anew.


Professional Affiliations

International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals (IITAP)
Illinois Society of Clinical Social Workers (ISCSW)
National Association of Lesbian and Gay Addiction Professionals (NALGAP)
Lake Forest College, alumni mentor

Alexandra Fliess, LCSW
Pronouns:  they, them, theirs

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Alex is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a master’s degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work and recently completed their master’s in applied behavior analysis from Simmons University.  Alex is currently training with the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) to earn their certification in sex addiction therapy and completing a trauma consultation program.

Alex began their career working as a school social worker in low socioeconomic communities within the Chicagoland area and continues to be passionate about equitable educational opportunities for all people.  In wanting to expand their therapuetic reach within communities, Alex joined a group private practice and later opened their own practice, Three Tales Therapy.  While Alex’s individual practice focuses on a wide range of presenting concerns, their passion remains rooted within addictions, trauma work and the LGBTQIA+ communities.

Alex endeavors to bring an empathetic and supportive focus while working through the recovery process.  Alex believes that there is the opportunity to make personal change at any point in life and their compassionate, non-judgemental approach is reflected in their collaborative work with their clients.

Outside of their private practice, Alex still works within the public school system as a school social worker.


Professional Affiliations

Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS)
Association for Behavioral Analysis International (ABAI)
Illinois Association of School Social Workers (IASSW)

Michelle Holleman, MS, LCAS, ASAT
Consultant, Coach
Pronouns:  she, her, hers


Michelle Holleman began her career as a television news anchor and reporter after graduating from College of Charleston and worked in Southern California before moving back to North Carolina to serve as the Director of Communications for a Fortune 500 Company. After graduating with honors from Capella University with a Masters in Science, Michelle began her clinical career at an inpatient substance detox facility outside of Charlotte, NC while earning her credentialing and licensure, and was quickly promoted to Lead Clinician. Currently, Michelle is the owner and Clinical Director of Life Healing Counseling, a private practice in Charlotte, NC.

A skilled and compassionate clinician, Michelle specializes in treating Substance Use, Sex and Intimacy Disorders, Gaming and Internet Disorders and treating the families and partners of people with addictions. She is trained in EMDR and treating multicultural and marginalized populations.

Michelle is an engaging and highly sought-after presenter for schools, corporations, healthcare groups, religious organizations and clinical groups as she develops protocols and programs for the treatment of teens with Sex/Gaming/Internet Addictions. She is passionate about teaching others how to connect and have uncomfortable, but necessary, conversations appropriately.


Professional Affiliations

The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH)
International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals (IITAP)
American Counseling Association (ACA)
International Association of Addictions & Offender Counselors (IAAOC)
International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC)

Sarah Malavenda, LSW
Pronouns:  she, her, hers

Sarah Malavenda

Sarah graduated with a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan and an Undergraduate degree in Communications from Fordham University. Sarah's previous clinical work experience includes individual, and group therapy with multiple populations including LGBTQIA, polyamory & kink, and sexual trauma survivors.

Sarah provides an open and non-judgmental space for clients to explore their thoughts and feelings. Sarah uses cognitive behavioral therapy and a mix of evidence-based practices such as mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy, to help clients identify and reach their short and long-term goals.

Kari Moyer, M.A.
Pronouns:  she, her, hers

Kari Moyer

Kari earned her master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Providence College.

Kari has experience working in both the outpatient and inpatient setting, most recently at Hartgrove Behavioral Hospital. She also has worked in private practice. Kari has had the opportunity to work with diverse populations, including children, adolescents, and adults. Kari sees clients who struggle with complex trauma and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addictions, self-esteem, anxiety and depression, relationship issues, and life transitions in and out of the LGBTQI+ community.

Kari’s therapy style is holistic in nature as she is passionate about treating the whole person by focusing beyond the individual’s mental aspects. She emphasizes building a sense of trust and safety with her clients to ensure their comfort while aiding them in processing past and present experiences. She is passionate in aiding individuals in their recovery process while offering a warm, collaborative, and non-judgmental space.

Katie Rodenkirch, LPC
Pronouns:  she, her, hers

Katie Rodenkirck

Katie is an Illinois Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).  She earned her Master’s of Professional Counseling, with a Clinical Mental Health concentration, from Mount Mary University in 2020. She is currently furthering her professional development at Northern Illinois University in the Counselor Education & Supervision PhD program, and working towards her Traumatologist certification through the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology.

Katie works from a person-centered counseling orientation. She believes that everyone deserves to grow into themselves in an authentic, empathetic, non-judgemental space, and works to create this with her clients. She combines client experience, clinical knowledge, and personalized, creative tools to support growth. Katie’s clinical areas of specialty include survivors of sex trafficking and/or sexual torture, LGBTQIA + community members. Additional areas of competence include human-perpetrated trauma, non-suicidal self-harm, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, spirituality exploration, and couples counseling.


Professional Affiliations

American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT)
International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC)
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
American Counseling Association (ACA)

Sigmund Freud
Therapy Dog


Meet Sigmund Freud, the Chicago Center for Sex & Wellbeing’s resident therapy dog. Sigmund Freud is a twelve-year-old Miniature Golden Doodle. Originally from Iowa Sigmund relocated to Chicago in 2010 to pursue his education and achieve his goal of becoming a therapy dog.

Harnessing the human-animal bond, Sigmund works side-by-side, and paw-to-paw with clients to decrease stress, anxiety, depression and feelings of loneliness.

Continuous and immediate positive feedback provided by Sigmund can help set clients at ease. His presence can also help decrease blood pressure, heart rate and reduce the level of the stress hormone cortisol. Hormones associated with general health and feelings of wellbeing, including dopamine, oxytocin, prolactin and serotonin are also increased.

The emotional and physical strains encountered in addiction and recovery can be daunting. Sigmund and his role in treatment is just another way that the Chicago Center for Sex & Wellbeing sets itself apart from other treatment facilities with holistic and experiential therapies.

Reduce Stress
Decrease Anxiety
Increase Wellbeing