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Hey, I'm Rafaella!

I am a queer and trans affirming, non-monogamous and kink aware trauma therapist and sexuality educator. I am the owner of Healing Exchange and co-founded Afrosexology, a pleasure-based sex education business.

I have received extensive training around sexuality education, couples’ therapy, trauma processing, trauma-informed care, and PTSD/trauma-related disorders. And, with specialized training in evidence-based therapies, it is my goal to create a space for you to be honest, vulnerable, and consistent as you explore yourself, your relationship with others, and work towards living a life of satisfaction and pleasure that you desire and deserve.

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Working together will center. . . 


We'll explore your experiences and thoughts through a lens that seeks to understand your many possible truths instead of using judgement and shame.



Your life is intended to experience more than pain, survival, and trauma. We'll use a pleasure-centered approach to identify & prioritize your core needs. 



I take the approach of a collaborative team member while offering education, tools, and space to explore your options that help you discover solutions.


  • American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT)

  • Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians (ABSC)

  • International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP)


  • Master of Social Work (MSW)

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) - Missouri & Nevada

  • Certified Clinical Trauma Therapist Level 2 (CCTP-II)


  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

  • Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy