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Nnenna Ezem, MS.Ed, M.Phil

She/Her/Hers

I am accepting new clients for virtual & in person sessions!  

 

*For accessibility and mutual care, masks will be required for the duration of in-person sessions. Please, feel free to reach out with any questions about this policy or any additional accessibility needs. I am so excited to welcome you both in-person and virtually!*

Who I Am

Welcome! My name is Nnenna Ezem (pronounced similarly to “henna” but with an “n”), and I am a dark-skinned, Black cis woman who is ever questioning and curious about my attractions and desires. Along with being currently able-bodied and neurodivergent, I am also a first-generation American and the child of lower-income Nigerian immigrants; these are some of my most impactful relational lenses. I am body-neutral, sex-positive, queer and gender-affirming and polyamory/kink/BDSM-affirming. Identity, desire, and lived experiences are crucial places of exploration and respect, and I am committed to continually learning and affirming the myriad ways we experience the world and each other, both personally and therapeutically.

 

If I had to describe myself in one word, it would be “curious”! I enjoy the questions to which we do not have clear answers and appreciate any opportunity for conversation and discovery. I have called Philadelphia (Lenapehoking) home for over six years. I love [connecting through] literature and music/dance, and my camera roll shows clear evidence of my dedication to experiencing and capturing the sunrise in every new place I visit. I am constantly reminded of the necessity of community, that each of us is worthy simply because we exist, and hopeful that a world in which we all are cared for is possible.

What I Do

The way we each experience ourselves, our bodies, each other, and the world is different. I look forward to exploring it all together and providing a non-judgmental space that moves away from fear and shame and toward radical [self] acceptance and healing. My therapeutic approach is eclectic and person-centered; I tend to integrate feminist and attachment theory with a psychodynamic framework. This allows us to explore the ways in which the past affects the present as well as our relationships with others. We will always leave room to examine the myriad systems contributing to our experiences of isolation, self-blame, and shame. Our issues are often not inherently “ours” but a result of being a human simply trying to survive, seeking safety and comfort in the ways we have been taught. 

 

I would describe my therapeutic style as open and curious and believe there is merit to being consistently curious about ourselves and the world around us. Being afforded the opportunity to know people deeply is a privilege; I seek to create and continually foster a space that feels safe enough to thoroughly explore, while being an anchor in difficult moments– a reminder that you are held and you are not alone. I hold a deep appreciation for the act of storytelling and believe in the healing power of sharing our stories, while having them held and witnessed in ways that are meaningful for us. Through our journey together, the main goal is not necessarily arriving at a destination of ultimate “knowing”, but instead being open to and comfortable with constant reintroductions— to yourself, others, the world, and your many parts— as you learn, unlearn, and change. I can also acknowledge how scary it can be to share these intimate parts of ourselves with anyone. I am honored to hold space and navigate any discomfort together. Thank you for trusting me enough to simply begin, and I am so glad you’re here.

I work with

Individuals 16+

Relational systems

  • Partners

  • Friends

  • Siblings

  • Adult Families

Specialties

Identity Exploration & Trauma

High-Conflict Relational Issues

Consensual Non-Monogamy

Body & Sexual Shame  

Complex Family Dynamics

Pandemic Related Grief/Loss

Fee

$150

*please reach out for sliding scale availability*

Education

Master of Philosophy in Education – Professional Counseling, University of Pennsylvania 

Master of Science in Education – Counseling and Mental Health Services, University of Pennsylvania

 

Languages spoken

English

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