Do you specialize in treating porn or sex addiction ?
Yes, I specialize in treating porn or sex addiction, which I also refer to as "out-of-control sexual behavior" or "problematic sexual behavior". I am certified as a Specialist in Problematic Sexual Behavior (S-PSB) by the Society for Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH). I worked at a sex addiction treatment center for more than four years, where I developed programming, ran groups and provided clinical supervision. I present on the topic of out-of-control sexual behavior regularly and have served on committees that explore the theory and practice of addiction psychotherapy. I also specialize in working with substance use issues and use a highly customized and collaborative approach.
Do you only help people with addiction issues?
No. I specialize in treating out-of-control sexual behaviors and substance use issues, but I have extensive post-graduate psychotherapy training and experience in treating common mental health issues including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, loneliness and intimacy issues. Fortunately, I can apply my expertise in addictive behaviors to understand what leads to people feeling "stuck" and having difficulty breaking out of self-defeating life patterns. I also provide contemporary psychoanalysis and strategies from experiential dynamic therapy to help clients realize deeper levels of transformation.
Do you work with couples?
Yes. I use principles from evidence-based couples therapy to help couples understand their underlying negative relational patterns, ask for what they need and learn to connect with each other in meaningful ways. Over time, partners learn how to articulate their desires and learn how to get more of what they want in a healthy way. I accomplish this by helping couples:
Understand their destructive relationship cycle and get unstuck
Use non-violent communication to negotiate conflict
Identify and express their feelings and needs to each other
Restore trust after deception or betrayal
Create space for mutual appreciation, trust and a renewed sense of play
How long does therapy last?
It depends. I’ve seen individuals make dramatic changes in less than six months and others have needed multiple years. It depends on how serious the nature of the problem is, how long the problem has existed and how committed to the process of therapy the person is. Some people see therapy as a meaningful, but time-limited phase in their life. Others come to see it as an ongoing commitment to their mental health.
What frequency do you recommend for therapy?
Every person brings something unique to the table so every situation is different. In the beginning, though, I generally recommend once a week. If it’s financially viable and appropriate, twice a week or more can speed up the process. But once a week gives us a chance to establish a rhythm and get a sense of what is going on. After some stabilization and progress has occurred, sometimes people ask to go to every other week and sometimes they ask to increase their frequency. It all depends.
What are your hours?
I generally work from 12-9 Monday thru Thursday. And 1-6 on Friday.
What kinds of payment do you take?
Credit cards, cash or checks.