Sex Addiction/Sexually Compulsive Behavior
Simply stated, sexual addiction involves the persistent engagement in
sexual behaviors despite the clear and devastating impact those behaviors
are having on all aspects of your life including: your marital or romantic
relationships; your friendships and social life; your work habits and ability
to hold a job; your family relationships and parenting; and, most
importantly, your relationship with yourself. I am a Certified Sex Addiction
Therapist, and I trained with Dr. Patrick Carnes, the foremost expert on the
treatment of sexual addiction. I have integrated the task-based treatment
model borne of Dr. Carnes' work into my therapeutic practice and am able
to tailor treatment to the needs of the individual. In addition to my work
with individuals who identify as sex addicts, I also work with the spouses and partners of sex addicts. My work with partners is very much focused on helping them to understand the nature of sex addiction and helping them to work through the trauma of finding out about their partners' secret life. I understand that this kind of discovery devastates a person and that it is extremely important that I provide a supportive environment in which healing can take place.
I offer compassionate professional therapy to address a variety of mental health issues. Below is a listing of the areas in which I specialize and a brief description of my training and experience in each area.
Co-dependency and Intimacy Problems
Intimacy and co-dependency cannot truly co-exist in a relationship. When one is "co-dependent" he/she is so focused on his/her partner, he/she is unable to truly be present and authentic in the relationship. Without that presence and authenticity, intimacy is impossible. I work with individuals and couples to help them understand true intimacy and begin to foster healthy inter-dependence in all their relationships. Treatment is tailored to the needs of the individual or couple.
Military and Veterans
I have a particular interest in working with the brave men and
women who serve in the military. I have sought additional
post-doctoral training and certification to work with service men
and women and their families on issues that may arise from
deployment and re-adjustment to civilian life. I have training
and experience in treating sleep problems, marital and parenting
concerns, addiction issues, and adjustment problems.
The things that happen to us when we're young can often have an
adverse impact on our adult relationships. I work to help my
clients explore their experiences of abuse, abandonment and neglect and learn how to integrate them into their life narrative rather than being defined by them. With a focus on building emotional tolerance and increasing self-care, I work to provide a safe and secure environment for my clients to get in touch with who they are and what they need. I have years of experience and have received a great deal of formal training from the foremost names in trauma treatment. I understand the pain involved in healing trauma and will work at whatever pace my clients need in order to get there.
This is not a familiar term to most people. I define a financial disorder as a dysfunctional relationship with money and/or work that leads to self-destructive behavior. This can include excessive spending, compulsive debt, problematic gambling, workaholism, chronic under-earning or obsession with money or status. These are often a result of beliefs and habits learned in childhood and are almost never actually about the money. I work with clients to help them explore the connections between early life experiences and persistent patterns in their behavior surrounding money and work. As we come to really understand these connections, we come up with concrete steps to take to change these painful behaviors.
Adjustment Problems and Life Stressors
Often, we encounter issues in our lives that we feel unable to handle on our own. Whether we're adjusting to a happy occasion (such as the birth of a child) or a sad one (such as the loss of a job), change can often come with many difficulties that may leave us feeling overwhelmed. I work individuals and couples to help them to cope with life stressors and process the emotions that arise because of those stressors.