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.
My office is a warm, weIcoming, safe place to explore career and relationship challenges, depression, anxiety, shame, compulsion, out-of-control behaviors and addiction, and trauma and abuse. I have worked in competitive and highly demanding professional environments, just like my patients. I’m interested in your experience of the world today and in the troubles you face. I listen deeply, closely, intently, with non-judgmental curiosity, and see our work together as a laboratory. If we are successful, together, we will confront your challenges and increase your sense of what’s possible in life.
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.