About Rebecca Alvarez (she/her)
Rebecca Alvarez, LCSW, MEd, is a Clinical Social Worker whose practice is informed by her social location as a queer, mixed-race woman. Her goal is to build relationships that foster growth and heal trauma and harm. In addition to private practice therapy, Rebecca works as a Staff Therapist at the Therapy Center of Philadelphia and lectures in the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice on social work theory and human sexuality. She trains students, clients, and professionals about social work theory, intimate partner violence, and trauma. She has previously worked as the Training and Technical Assistance Supervisor and Clinical Educator at Women Against Abuse training professionals and consumers in the multiple facets of Intimate Partner Violence. She had previously served as the Mental Health Counselor at Einstein Healthcare Network’s Immunodeficiency Center (IDC) in North Philadelphia providing therapeutic services to diverse adult populations living with HIV/AIDS. The IDC (est. 1996) delivers comprehensive primary and specialty outpatient treatment with a wide range of holistic support services.
Rebecca began working in the sexuality field in 2005, and she received her Master's in Social Work and her Master's of Education in Human Sexuality at Widener University in 2011. Armed with academic and lived experience, she co-founded the queer sex education collaborative ScrewSmart in 2009, bringing pleasure-focused workshops and events to participants throughout the country. Rebecca is passionate about integrating sexuality into patient-centered care; to this end, she founded the LGBT Committee at Einstein Medical Center, served as a Gynecological Teaching Associate for medical students, developed curriculum and facilitated small groups for the American Medical Student Association’s Sexual Health Scholar’s Program, and volunteered as a board member for the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health in Rhode Island.
Rebecca provides trainings on sexual orientation, gender identity, and trauma. She is available for facilitation or consultation by request via the "Contact" page.