With the middle name “Love,” Lia was destined to seek connection.
She has done so in a variety of capacities including as a licensed social worker, a writer and commentator, and a community organizer implementing population-based interventions.
Lia, a white, cisgendered, queer, married, class-straddling woman, graduated with distinction from Columbia University, specializing in Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice and has received awards for innovative research and excellence in the provision of therapeutic care to vulnerable populations. Most notably, Lia has experience partnering with adolescents, adults, couples and families in community-based organizations, health centers, academic, and private practice group settings. She is oriented toward experiential and emotion-focused therapies, drawing on individualized, culturally-sensitive, and holistic models of treatment. Lia aims to make therapeutic services more accessible and less stigmatized. To this end, she has developed and facilitated support circles on sex, modern love and the body at The Wing, a social club for women on the rise.
With a commitment to social justice and health equity, Lia writes content for a variety of publications, including GLAMOUR magazine and The American Journal of Sexuality Education.
Lia began her professional career in public health, managing a national component of President Obama’s initiative to reduce teen pregnancy across the nation. In this role, she sharpened her skills as a sexual health educator and presenter, in order to ensure increased access to sexual and reproductive health care in 11 communities in the U.S. Currently, Lia practices therapy at Rennicke & Associates, at the helm of her mentor Dr. Courtney Rennicke, who leads a group practice committed to making therapy accessible to modern families and couples. She demonstrates her care and concern about the health outcomes of communities as the Director of Head and Heart of The Well, a 14,000 square foot wellness club opening in downtown Manhattan in early 2019.