We are experienced clinicians who specialize in helping people with compulsive sexual behavior. You are a complex person with unique and specific needs. Experience has taught us there are many different methods that may be beneficial to our clients. For this reason we take an integrated approach, combining psychodynamic principles with evidence-based techniques shown to be effective in working with out-of-control sexual behavior.
Michael Crocker - DSW, LCSW, MA
I am a certified individual and group psychotherapist who works with individuals who struggle with behaviors that they feel have gotten out of control which can include sex, eating, substance use as well as gambling and other money-related difficulties. I believe that behaviors that feel out of control are related to feelings that are often unidentified and then turned into actions, often outside of our awareness.
I believe that the affect of shame is highly related to many out-of-control behaviors. Shame can be conscious and/or unconscious. I help my clients to develop an awareness of their shame, as well as other feelings, in order for them to use the feeling states in the service of directing their actions consciously and purposefully.
Many feeling states that are turned into action are blends of feelings such as shame mixed with fear or shame mixed with anger. I help my clients to understand the complexity of these emotional states. I purposely collaborate with my clients to study their behaviors and decode what underlies these actions. In doing so, we are able to create the opportunity for choice and volition. This in turn enhances self-esteem and allows my clients to find for the first time or, in some cases, re-find their connection to creativity, play, and relational connectivity.
I am a psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience treating adults, adolescents, couples and groups. I help clients address and resolve a broad range of issues including anxiety, depression, low self esteem, and relationship difficulties. My primary area of specialization is treating codependency, which is a problem that is often overlooked or minimized despite the pain and confusion it causes in so many people’s lives. Codependency can manifest as a pattern of enmeshed or abusive relationships, preoccupation with the needs of others, anxiety and obsessive thinking. Partners of addicts or alcoholics and people raised in families affected by alcoholism or addiction often suffer from codependency.
I have a BS in Psychology from Georgetown University and an MSW from New York University.
I’m a psychotherapist, trained as a clinical social worker and certified as a clinical trauma professional. I am also becoming a psychoanalyst – a lengthy postgraduate training. I have worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings with people facing a wide range of challenges. I see patients for affordable rates, and/but prefer to see people more than once a week. (You can read my thoughts about frequency of treatment here, and you can read more about my fees on my website at the link below.)
I have a bachelors degree in religion from Columbia University, and masters degrees in business administration and social work from New York University.
I am a clinician with a degree in social work, and training in psychodynamic, family-systems, and child and adolescent therapies. I have worked with many people suffering from “sex addiction,” sexual avoidance, “toxic” relationship patterns, and other problems related to sex, intimacy, and simply being human in an often complicated world. I am an adjunct faculty member at the NYU Silver School of Social Work, where I teach courses on sexual addiction and out-of-control sexual behavior. I have also published articles on psychology and social work and given presentations at workshops and seminars for other therapists.
In addition to my work as a psychotherapist, I have written books on the history of popular entertainment including Blue Vaudeville: Sex, Morals, and the Mass Marketing of Entertainment, 1885-1915 (McFarland, 2003), plus articles for magazines, journals, and websites.
I am a big believer in the power of people’s internal, but sometimes buried, strengths and sense-of-self.
I'm a psychotherapist with over a decade of experience treating addiction, trauma, anxiety, depression, identity issues, and personality challenges. I work with individuals seeking freedom from out-of-control behaviors including alcoholism, substance abuse, sexual compulsivity, and other habituated difficulties. I also work with partners and family members affected by the negative behaviors of their loved ones. I have experience in working with couples affected by sexual betrayal. I also serve the LGBTQ community. And I'm trained in helping individuals recover from trauma and unfavorable conditions in their development.
Persistent difficulties hijack every aspect of our lives and are often deeply rooted in the past. With an initial focus of schema therapy, attachments styles, and EMDR, I help locate and treat the source of counterproductive behaviors and moods. From there, a roadmap is constructed that will lead to new skills and a healthier relationship to the present.
I can help you break the suffering from unrelenting behaviors that have taken over and offer nothing more than diminished returns and increased consequences. My skills can also meet your needs in breaking free of persistent life traps in the form of self-defeating patterns and distorted perceptions of self and the outer world.
I am an advanced doctoral student in clinical psychology with a foundation in relational and interpersonal psychotherapy and somatic/mindfulness practices, and a research specialty in sexual behavior. I strive to create a strong collaborative bond with clients to support growth via self-understanding, and to aid them in identifying and addressing beliefs, behavioral patterns, and difficult emotions that may disrupt their capacity for satisfying relationships, for pleasure, for freedom of choice, for love. Compassion, humor, and humility are central to my work with clients. I welcome mono- and bilingual Spanish speaking patients, and individuals of all cultural and faith backgrounds. Therapy is for everyone.
I received my undergraduate degree from Princeton University and a masters degree in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School, and I am currently a doctoral candidate at The New School for Social Research.