Hi, I’m Elliot Ruggles.

I’m a clinical social worker with advanced training in human sexuality studies, a backyard vegetable gardener and I’m learning to play the drums.

Professionally, I currently serve in the role of Sexual Harassment and Assault Resources and Education (SHARE) Advocate at Brown University, helping prevent and respond to sexual, gender-based and relationship harm. I have been organizing, teaching, running therapeutic groups, and conducting research in the fields of social work and sexuality for over ten years.

I’m interested in helping people combat sexual shame, work toward authentic connections with others, and achieve fulfilling expressions of their own gender and sexual identity. I am also competent in addressing out-of-control sexual behavior and accountability around interpersonal harm.

I frequently help people explore challenges related to sexuality and ability (mental health, chronic illness, etc.), or heal from sexual trauma from a holistic perspective—addressing the physical, emotional, and relational dimensions.

Overall, I enjoy working with clients (both individuals and couples/triads) who have concerns about relationships, gender and sexuality and are interested in asking questions and gaining insights.

I am a fierce advocate for sexual and gender diversity, and consent. I strive for anti-racist practice and I believe that liberation from oppression and shame is the key to ending violence and creating a more caring world.

Pronouns: He/Him/His or They/Them/Theirs

Education:

Mount Holyoke College, BA in Sociology

Widener University, Master’s in Social Work

Widener University, Ph.D in Human Sexuality Studies