We look at our patients as people, not as problems, and work with each person differently. No two patients are alike, and while we have a lot of experience with certain types of problems, there is no one way we work. That said, there are some common features to our approach: we prioritize your safety and confidentiality. We do not judge. We provide empathy and work hard to understand not just what you do, but who you are, what matters to you, and what it is that you find most challenging.
Our therapists work with people who have a wide range of sexual problems and complaints including hypersexual behavior, sexual dysfunction, intimacy anxiety, gender and orientation confusion, as well as problematic and disturbing sexual thoughts and fantasies. Nothing shocks us. Nothing overwhelms us. Our priority is on helping you see past the things you don’t like about yourself, and your actions.
Why sexuality, attachment, and trauma?
Sexual problems often have their roots in childhood. These difficulties sometimes result from one or more trauma(s), including sexual, physical and/or emotional abuse, parental addiction or familial stressors such as financial hardship, or divorce. Past traumas cut you off from your emotional life and interfere with connection. Without access to thoughts and feelings, you try to adapt in any way you can. That's the nature of human beings we try to come up with solutions. Unfortunately, sometimes those adaptations become problems that end up hurting us even when that wasn't the original intent. We call ourselves The Sexuality, Attachment, and Trauma Project because your past impacts the present-day compulsive behaviors bringing you to therapy. When we're kids we develop coping strategies. Sometimes as adults these strategies no longer work. In therapy, we help you identify old patterns of relating to yourself and the world that no longer serve you. This self-examination benefits love, work, and play opening the door to greater intimacy and harmony in your life.
The SAT Project's Founder - Michael Crocker
Dr. Crocker uses a unique treatment model that helps you understand how your history has resulted in a particular style of attachment, and how to change and improve the way you attach, connect and experience intimacy. In addition to his 20 year background in individual psychotherapy, Michael holds a master’s degree in industrial psychology and organizational behavior, and has consulted with many companies. He also provides consultation, education, and supervision to other clinicians in the field. Currently, Dr. Crocker serves as Vice President on the board of the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work. He is also the chair of the Committee on Gender and Sexuality and a member of the Anti-Racism Committee.