Donna Harris-Richards,MSW, LICSW, CST

Donna Harris-Richards,MSW, LICSW, CST

Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Marriage & Family Therapist, Sex Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: L​ic​e​n​s​e​d​ ​I​n​d​e​p​e​n​d​e​n​t​ ​C​l​i​n​i​c​a​l​ ​S​o​c​i​a​l​ ​W​o​r​k​e​r - 115538
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: $250 per 50 - 60 minute visit
$375 for 90 minute visit
Free Initial Phone Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability


New Bedford, Massachusetts 02740

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My Approach to Helping

I’m a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (CST), couple, family systems, and relationship therapist, specializing in sexual health and and relationships, helping clients achieve pleasure, play, passion, fun, life satisfaction, happiness, and healing through self-growth and connection with significant others, primary partners and family members. I’m passionate about helping clients achieve satisfying intimacy, healthy sexuality, and enjoyable family relationships for optimal health including sexual health, relational health, mental health, and well-being. I utilize a mix of narrative therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness (MBCT), evidenced-based practices, and more. With nearly twenty years of experience in helping clients with relationships, sexual health, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, trauma, parenting, problems related to substance use, illnesses, disabilities, aging, and more, I’m eager to meet you and help you reach your goals. My professional and real-world experience in the arts and in business for more than forty years has given me a broad, unique range of experience, earning a reputation for being highly effective, affable, and able to set clients at ease. I currently provide Telehealth and video-conferencing services only. The outcomes are equally as successful as in-person visits.

I chose to become a specialist in sexual health, couples, and family work when I noticed a great need for satisfaction in relationships. Sex and Couples Therapy addresses a myriad of problems including relational anxiety, individual anxiety, depression, differences in desire levels or desire discrepancy, parenting styles, “sex addiction” or out-of-control sexual behavior, infidelity, disability, illness, sexual orientation, gender identity, traumatic experiences, substance use, and more, as well as problems related to privilege and equity in relationships.

The core of my work is rooted in the idea that to be human is to be sexual and to achieve truly satisfying relationships that endure over time takes desire, empathy, effort, and intention.

Please feel free to check my reviews at, or by clicking the link for my website. You can hear my podcast, "Sex and Couples Therapy with the Happy Ending Therapist,” anywhere you listen to podcasts, such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podbean, Samsung, Audible and more.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Sexual Health Specialist, Couple and Family Systems and Relationship Therapist.

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Groups I Work With

    Adults, couples, families, teens, individuals, couples and families with disabilities and medical conditions, problems with aging, LGBTQ+, BIPOC

Industries & Communities Served

  • Education
  • Entertainment Industry
  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • LGBTQ+
  • Military/Law Enforcement
  • Professional Sports
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Communication Problems
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Family Problems
  • Identity Issues
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Collaborative Therapy
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Developmental Model of Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Family Attachment Narrative Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Systems Theory /Therapy

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