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Xavier Spencer Joins Healthy Black Men

By on March 17, 2015
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Healthy Black Men is pleased to announce that Marriage and Family Therapist, Xavier Spencer of Ohio is now part of our national faculty of subject matter experts.

“I help individuals, couples and families to identify and alleviate psychological problems in the context of their interpersonal relationships.”


Spencer, a licensed chemical dependency counselor has learned over the years that when clients feel rejected or ignored by family members he/she can struggle in treatment. In fact, according to the expert on men’s issues,  compromised functional relational experiences with family  can exacerbate and maintain chronic substance use.

“I am fortunate to have been trained by one of the pioneer institutions of family therapy at the Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies at the Family Institute at Northwestern University.”

While in graduate school, Spencer was honored to have received the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Minority Fellowship award. He’s also a clinical fellow with AAMFT,  meeting the rigorous training standards in marriage and family therapy.

My interest in sexual health specializing in sex therapy focuses on individuals and couples – male, intersex, and female – with sexual complaints, dysfunctions and disorders across the lifespan.

Xavier Spencer has a specific philosophy that guides his work.

“My overarching premise of psychotherapy is that ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.’ Stress, coping and adaptation are conceptualized in the context of individual’s interpersonal relationships, family system and other social systems. I use an empirically informed meta-integrative problem centered approach with an ecological perspective grounded in a resilience framework.”

He says his training and expertise makes him comfortable working with atypical sexual behaviors and sex practices.


Xavier Spencer is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist  and American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Clinical Fellow based in Ohio. He’s also certified as a International Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor. Tweet Xavier here.