SSSHC is a team of certified sex therapists, committed to providing the people we serve with up-to-date, research-based sex and relationship counseling and education. We see individuals, couples, and polyamorous or non-monogamous relationships, of all sexual and gender identities, lifestyles, and orientations, as well as providing group therapy, and trainings for students seeking sex therapy certification.
Our mission at SSSHC is to bring the people we see closer to a thriving, passionate, and positive sexual life and relationship. We believe that intimacy flourishes when we remove the barriers that hinder closeness and a deeper understanding of both our relationships and ourselves. Our clinicians create a safe, non-judgmental space for clients to explore not only the sexual, but the emotional, physical, psychological, and spiritual roadblocks to intimacy and sexual fulfillment or expression. As both certified sex therapists and licensed marriage and family therapists, our clinicians are trained to look at the relational dynamics that can play a role in sexual struggles or dysfunction, paving the way for growth that can be felt far beyond the sexual sphere. We strive to make sure our clients feel that they have received an experience that is warm, compassionate, and no less than transformative. We look forward to meeting you.
Paula M. Leech, LMFT, CST | Founder
AASECT Certified Supervisor of Sex Therapy
Paula Leech, LMFT, CST received her Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Human Development at Arizona State University and then went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Family Therapy at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Post family therapy licensure, she became AASECT certified as a Sex Therapist and has worked with individuals, couples, and families in private practice in Quincy, Massachusetts for the past six years. Prior to focusing her efforts on SSSHC, Paula volunteered with several organizations including: AIDS Action Committee, Boston; AIDS Project Arizona; and The Men’s Action Life Empowerment (MALE) Center. She has worked with at-risk youth in a group home environment, empowering and educating teens around issues of sexuality and sexual development. Paula is passionate about bringing couples and individuals toward a greater sense of intimacy and a thriving sexual life. She presents at Universities and is an educator and sex therapy supervisor as part of SSSHC’s Sex Therapy Certification program.
Stephen C. Duclos, LMFT, LMHC, CRC, CST | Founder
AASECT Certified Supervisor of Sex Therapy
Stephen Duclos has been working as a family therapist, mental health counselor, and rehabilitation counselor since 1972. He currently holds licenses and national certifications in family therapy, mental health counseling, rehabilitation counseling (CRC), and sex therapy (CST). Long a supervisor of other therapists in these fields, Mr. Duclos is on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts at Boston. In 2012, he and Jessica Price, LICSW, also part of the South Shore Family Health Collaborative, won the Patricia Schiller Prize for their work on Fathers, Adolescent Daughters, and Sexuality. He is vitally interested in father involvement, the unique human development of men, sexuality and relationships, the effectiveness of co-therapy in psychotherapy, the relational development of couples in long-term relationships, and training therapists.
Stephen has long been involved in civil rights. From registering voters in Boston and Georgia in the 1960’s, to helping to establish the second independent living center in the United States for persons with disabilities in the 1970’s, to helping establish bi-racial councils in Boston Public Schools during desegregation, to supporting equal rights for the LGBTQ community, civil rights has been part of his community work. The South Shore Sexual Health Center was created to provide therapeutic services to an underserved population, namely those citizens struggling with aspects of their sexuality.
Stephanie Wallace, MFT | Clinician
Stephanie Wallace is a marriage and family therapist who received her B.A. in Psychology from The College of New Jersey and then went on to earn her M.S. in Family Therapy from The University of Massachusetts Boston. Upon completing her education, she began working with South Shore Family Health Collaborative, sister organization to South Shore Sexual Health Center, seeing individuals, couples, and families of all ages and backgrounds. Placing a high value on the importance and role of sexuality in her understanding of her clients' experiences, she began her training to become an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. To date, she has completed 90 credit hours of course work in Sex Therapy, as well as additional trainings and supervised clinical experiences, and is nearing completion of her certification process. Stephanie is also a board member of the Massachusetts Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, and participating in community theater around the South Shore.