Kira  Manser

Kira Manser

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Master of Education, MEd

Not accepting new clients in Pawtucket practice (updated November 16, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Gender affirmation
  • Sexual functioning
  • Sexual pleasure
  • Sexual communication
  • Sex positivity
  • Couples counseling
  • Out of control sexual behavior
  • LGBTQ and gender identity issues
  • Transgender topics
  • Trauma
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Professional statement

Kira Manser is a therapist in Pawtucket, RI with expertise in helping individuals and couples with sexual communication, gender affirmation, sexual functioning, sexual pleasure, and sex positivity.

Kira works with clients age 18 and older, including couples and incorporates a combination of Feminist, Narrative, and Relational Therapies. She prioritizes forming strong connections with her clients so while in session they can be their authentic selves.

Energetic and friendly, Kira strives to create spaces that challenge and support individuals to explore sexuality by using active methods and affirmative and feminist informed therapeutic modalities. She received her MSW and MEd in Human Sexuality from Widener University and her BA from Brown University.


Message to clients

I'm excited to both work with people who have very specific sexuality related goals that they would like support around, and to do general mental health counseling with people who do not want to educate their therapist about a specific part of their sexual and/or gender identity. I work to create a space where people can show up as their full and complicated selves and trust that they will be genuinely cared about. I have specific training around gender diversity including trans and non-binary identities.

As a relational therapist it is central to my work that I develop authentic and healing therapeutic relationships with my clients where they know they are unconditionally cared about, and where they can do challenging and vulnerable relational work in a boundaried and structured environment.

Our therapy program is based in a sex positive philosophy that frames a wide diversity of identities, desires, and sexual behaviors as healthy and normal. We center social justice, personal autonomy, and consent as our guiding values. If this sounds like support that meets your unique self and needs - I'm excited to work with you.


Specialties

Gender affirmation - Reflecting the inherent worth and value of the wide diversity of ways that people experience their internally felt sense of gender

Sexual functioning - Supporting individuals and relationships in navigating varying levels of physical ability that can impact sexual functioning; this may include impacts of disability, chronic illness, or mental health as well as the normal variation that occurs in bodily function as people age and bodies change

Sexual pleasure - Connecting people to medically accurate information and the latest sexual enhancement devices to support them in safely accessing the full range of sexual experiences and stimulation that they desire

Sexual communication - Supporting people in building the confidence, language, and skills to effectively communicate their desires, boundaries and experiences about sexual interactions; this includes both building an understanding of self and the ability to communicate it effectively to partners

Sex positivity - Working to reframe sexuality as a part of authentic self within a cultural context that frames sex as an inherently dangerous and external force; while not all sexual experiences are positive, sex positivity honors sexuality as a powerful and important part of self that has the potential to be healing and positive when consensually expressed in alignment with strongly held values and beliefs

Couples counseling - Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities

Out of control sexual behavior - Managing sexual urges, thoughts, and behaviors that feel out of control and cause significant distress

LGBTQ and gender identity issues - Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues

Transgender topics - Provides therapeutic support before, during, and after transition

Trauma - Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)

ADD/ADHD - Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life


General expertise


Insurance

Kira Manser is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $100
  • Initial session: $120
  • Couples sessions: $120
  • Initial couples session: $150 (50min)

Therapist's note

Sliding scale: An income-based sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy. 

Kira can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.


Location(s)

Pawtucket practice

20 Sterling Street

Pawtucket, RI 02860

Hours
  • Mon 9:00am-7:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-7:00pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 9:00am-7:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-7:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health, Clinical Director, 2014 - 2018

Mazzoni Center for LGBT Health and Wellness, Professional Training Manager, 2012 - 2014

Widener University, MEd, 2012

Widener University, MSW, 2012

Brown University, BA, 2007


Languages

  • English