Mary-Margaret Sweeney, LCSW
Mary-Margaret (she/her) believes education can change the world. This is the ethos through which she approaches her work as a yoga teacher, writer, sex educator, non-profit consultant, and therapist. Engaging with her as a therapy client will get you a little bit of all of these pursuits. Mary-Margaret journeys alongside clients (individuals and couples) as they work toward living their fullest, best life possible.
Mary-Margaret is located and licensed as a clinical social worker (LCSW) in the state of Indiana. She earned her Master of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work and attended University of Michigan to earn her certificate in sex therapy and her certificate in sex education. Her training and clinical expertise include supporting LGBTQ+ clients; transgender clients as they navigate sex and intimacy during transition; desire discrepancy in couples; assessment of sexual functioning concerns particularly in those assigned female at birth; helping sero-discordant couples navigate sexual intimacy; rebuilding sex and intimacy after sexual abuse and trauma, and supporting partners of trauma survivors. Her practice is informed by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gottman couples work, and a lot of psycho- and sex education. She is a proud member of American Academy of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).
Mary-Margaret believes our sexuality to be an integral, foundational piece of ourselves that we all have a right to own, explore, and make meaning of. Doing this reclamation work is challenging, fighting against all of the cultural messages we receive from the time of our birth. In addition to the reverence for this intense work, 15 years of experience and education, Mary-Margaret also believes it is crucial to approach sexuality with a sense of pleasure and fun (see photo above!).
Outside of work, Mary-Margaret is an obsessed reader, loves traveling and living out of a 40 liter backpack for weeks at a time, and has her best treatment planning ideas while lifting weights at the gym. A perfect weekend day means she has had dirt under her nails from repotting plants or working in the yard, as well as dough from time in the kitchen. She serves as a board member for Damien Cares, the clinic of the Damien Center, which serves HIV+ and PrEP patients in Indianapolis, IN.