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    Wendy Molinaroli

    Therapist, MEd, LPC, NCC, CSAT, EMDR Certified, Student, Ph.D. Sexology, International Institute of Clinical Sexology

    Wendy Molinaroli is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Certified Gottman Methodology Couple’s Therapist, a Certified Sex Addictions Therapist, and an EMDR-certified therapist. She has been helping people since 1987, starting her journey with the investigation and treatment of childhood abuse and neglect, and working as a counselor on adolescent and adult units at Southern Pines, then Charter Hospital. She found her passion in working with complex couples, sex/porn/love addiction, healing trauma, and helping people to discover their authentic selves and sexuality. She has served as a consultant for various media sources, including The Post & Courier, WTMA Talk Radio, and WCIV News in Charleston, South Carolina. Most recently, she was a consultant on the set of Vulnerable, a C. Wolf Behringer short film, and she gave a presentation on the Neurobiology of Addiction at a Women In Recovery retreat, going into brain science, attachment theory, and hope for healing.

    She worked with families through the child abuse and neglect services of DSS, providing guidance, counseling, monitoring and support to families in crisis. She also provided treatment, support and referrals to children, adolescents, adults and their families at Charter and MUSC psychiatric hospitals. As part of the psychiatric emergency response team, she went to emergency rooms to consult with physicians and make decisions concerning patients in crisis. She worked as a school counselor at a local Catholic school for 10 years, donating a day every week to lead groups, and work with parents, students and teachers. She has designed groups for men and women in domestically violent situations, as well as taught groups for substance abuse, anger management, criminal thinking, parenting skills, and bullying.

    Mrs. Molinaroli is a Certified Gottman Couples therapist. She enjoys working with couples, and has trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy under Sue Johnson, PhD., the founder of EFT.

    Wendy is a CSAT, a certified sex addictions therapist, and she loves working with people grappling with intimacy avoidance, sexual aversion/anorexia and sexual addiction. She points out that all addictions are coping mechanisms, albeit bad ones. They cover up the unprocessed trauma and attachment injuries that are the real issues.

    Since healing addictions means healing trauma, Wendy is certified in EMDR, a therapy that is extremely helpful in processing and healing trauma, bringing relief.

    In 2022, Wendy decided to round out what she does with couples and people in recovery by beginning studies for her Ph.D. in Sexology, which she hopes to have completed by the end of 2025. Everyone deserves healthy sexuality and a deep sense of connection, emotionally and erotically, with their partner. 

    Wendy Molinaroli grew up in a military family, which allowed her to experience different cultures, customs, and points of view. She lived in a number of different places including Okinawa, and Puerto Rico. Growing up in a military family has given her an understanding of the trials and tribulations specific to the military. Her father was an enlisted man in the military who worked his way through the ranks, retiring as a Command Master Chief in the US Navy.

    Wendy’s mother is from England and was a teacher for more than 30 years before retiring as a principal in May 2010. Having a mother who is British and a teaching professional has also given her insight into the challenges and joys for teachers and schools, as well as a look at the differences in the American and British educational systems, and culture, in general.

    Currently, Wendy lives in Charleston with her husband of 30 years, her dachshund, and her cat. Her children are now young adults working in the Charleston area. She works with individuals, & couples in private practice helping them to heal, and deepen their understanding of themselves and others.

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