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Encourage
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01 Our Values

Tender

We’re here because we’ve been there, so we can’t help but to be wholeheartedly invested in your journey. We want to provide you the warmth, validation and affirmation that can feel so rare in adulthood. Working with us will challenge you, but it will also feel like coming home.

Liberating

We’re fired up about your freedom and fight for it alongside you. Always intersectional, pleasure-positive, and identity-celebrating, we have a low tolerance for boxes, assumptions, and systems that stifle your creative healing. We are your unashamed and unapologetic accomplices in doing life-changing, culture-shifting work.

Community Cultivated

We’re obsessed with staying up-to-date on affirming, anti-oppressive language and concepts, and think learning directly from queer Black folks, Indigenous folks, and community leaders of color is just as important as gathering data from research. We believe in the transformative power of accurate information about sex, gender and relationships.

02 Our Team

We are pleasure activists, disruptors, innovators, and creatives. While we are technically a business, we operate more as a movement. Meet our team of therapists, coaches, and educators.

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Bishop Howard, MA

(They/Them)

Staff Therapist

Bishop is a Non-Binary, Black Femme with experience working with Queer/Trans individuals in behavioral health and programmatic settings. Born and raised in Detroit MI, Bishop attended Michigan State University where they received their Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in LGBT Studies. They then went to receive their Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Child and Family Therapy from Erikson Institute in Chicago IL.

Specializing in working with Queer/Trans BIPOC, communities, Bishop utilizes client-centered psychotherapy rooted in a psychodynamic approach, which explores the entire individual, including past/childhood, familial and intimate relationships, current life structures, hopes and dreams. Bishop believes that in order for behavioral change and healing to occur, we must first understand what in our lives have led us to this point.

Bishop is passionate about providing therapy that is sex positive, kink aware, affirming of ethical non-monogamy, and honors clients' sexual/physical/emotional desires.

Therapist Identities

  • Black
  • Fat
  • Kinky and/or BDSM
  • Non-Binary
  • Transgender

Client Concerns or Identities

  • Anxiety
  • Couples/Relationships
  • Depression
  • Fat
  • First Generation/Immigrant
  • Identity Exploration
  • Kinky
  • Non-Binary
  • Non-Monogamy
  • Queer
  • Sex Therapy
  • Sex Workers
  • Transgender
  • Trauma

Therapy Types

  • Anti-Oppressive
  • Decolonizing
  • Feminist
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational
  • Systems
  • Trauma-Informed

“Queer not as being about who you are having sex with, but queer as being about the self that is at odds with everything around it and has to invent and create and find a place to speak and to thrive and to live.”

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03 Our Offerings

Individual Therapy & Coaching

Work one-on-one with a provider to expand your self-awareness, heal from previous trauma, and develop strategies for thriving. Through a non-judgmental, intersectional lens, our providers will work with you on concerns and resiliencies related to your identities, mental health, relationships, career and beyond.

Relationship Therapy & Coaching

Couples and triadic+ relationships come to TEG both to move through relationship crises and for general relationship maintenance. We work with relationships curious about non-monogamy, working through infidelity, exploring new identities, coming to terms with loss or transition, family-planning, and expanding their sex lives. We approach relationship therapy through a kink, BDSM, non-monogamy, and queer-affirming lens.

Pleasure Mentoring

Offered by the one and only Kiana Lewis, Pleasure Mentoring focuses on developing your understanding of sensuality and cultivating a practice with your erotic self. Different from therapy, Pleasure Mentoring offers more short-term, hands on guidance. Kiana uses modalities including movement, visualization, writing, and vocalization to help you unearth your most pleasure-filled life. For Pleasure Mentoring, email kiana@theexpansivegroup.com

Speaking & Consulting

Our team regularly works with universities, organizations, leaders, businesses, and other therapy practices to expand their impact through developing more modern understandings of gender, sexuality, and identity. We drive systemic change, and help you adapt to new perceptions and realities around these topics in order to create more inclusive, cutting edge organizations. Together, we’ll build on your existing knowledge to move you from a place of anxiety and uncertainty to one of confidence and expertise. For these services, contact casey@theexpansivegroup.com

04 FAQs

Careers

Work With The Expansive Group

We’re always looking for more staff therapists to join our team!

  • Full time, with benefits including health care options, PTO
  • Continuing education opportunities, including supervision and/or consultation
  • Opportunity to work in a radically inclusive work environment with sex positive and queer affirming staff and clientele
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05 Reach Out

Complete the form below to be connected a therapist, coach or pleasure mentor. If you are seeking consulting services, inquiring about career opportunities, or looking for a speaker, email hello@theexpansivegroup.com. 

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In Session

Our In-Person Office

While we work virtually with clients all over the world, we have an in-person option available to our clients in the Chicago area. Located on a beautiful tree-lined street in Ravenswood/Lincoln Square, we have four gorgeous offices with natural lighting, interior brick, and a unique design inspired by queerness, Black artists, Indigenous artists, and artists of color.

Please indicate on your intake form if you’d like to see your provider in person.

Where It All Started:

Casey Tanner + Queer Sex Therapy

Out of a belief that access to pleasure and accurate information is a human right, Casey brought free sex ed to life via social media. Follow along for a daily dose of all things queer, sex, and therapy.

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