I am licensed clinical psychologist and the CEO, CFO, and Director of The Leadership Practice, Psychology Consultations Inc. and its affiliates Sexual Health of Orange County, and Tools for Sustainable Vitality Inc.
Tools for Sustainable Vitality Inc. is a company that promotes sustainable vitality through optimized nutrition and strategic movement and relaxation.
Certified Sex Therapist (CST)
As part of being a certified sex therapist (CST), my focus is on both female and male sexual health. The Institute of Sexual Wholeness (Atlanta, GA) provided me with certification as a sex therapist. I am grateful to having been mentored by Dr. Cliff and Joyce Penner, renown sex therapists in Pasadena, CA.
Certified Sex Addiction & Multiple Addiction Therapist (CSAT® and CMAT)
Sexual addiction is a complex addiction but there is hope! As a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT®), I have received training developed by Dr. Patrick Carnes. I am committed to ongoing education so that I can be your expert in providing sexual addiction therapy. It is a rigorous process designed to help me best help you. With my emphasis in multiple addiction recovery, I can assist you if you are struggling with addictions that “interact” with one another (e.g., food, sexuality, technology such as video games). Take a look at my videos about sex addiction therapy.
Certified Clinical Partner Specialist (CCPS)
The Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS) provides training in a multi-dimensional approach to betrayal trauma. APSATS’ treatment model acknowledges and responds to the traumatic stress found in partners affected by sex addiction. APSATS is a non-profit organization dedicated to the professional training and certification, public education, research and advocacy for treatment of sex addiction-induced trauma. APSATS is the only organization that specializes in the preparation and certification of Partner Specialists.
EMDR Therapy Certified
I am certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy by EMDRIA. EMDR Therapy has been shows highly effective in reducing the impact of trauma memories or any other event that wants to keep you from venturing out and being at your best. Explore some introductory videos about EMDR therapy.
I received additional training in the so called “flash-technique“. The flash technique allows for the successful processing of very disturbing materials. The disturbance with certain memories can be attended to in a way that the client does not need to go back into the stressful memory. In addition, the flash protocol has been found to be effective for long-term treatment success. That is, even after one year of receiving treatment with the flash protocol, clients reported that their disturbance had been reduced successfully.
A Collaborative Treatment Approach
As an active member of the American Psychological Association, I am dedicated to a multidisciplinary approach to patient care and research. For example, when working with sexual pain patients I work closely with pelvic floor physical therapists and sexual medicine specialists to provide tailored relaxation exercises for our pelvic floor patients as part of an integrated approach to treatment. When working with sexual addiction patients I collaborate with trauma specialists, addiction medical doctors, and Certified Sexual Addiction Therapists to provide a customized and multifaceted approach to treatment. I encourage my clients to seek the consultation of their primary care physician for all treatment recommendations received.
2005: Doctorate in Psychology, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany (cum laude).
2003: Masters of Clinical and Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of Hamburg, Germany.
1999: BA in Psychology, University of Hamburg.
SPECIALIZATION AND TRAINING
Completed specialization in sexual health at the Institute for Sex Research and Forensic Psychiatry, University of Hamburg, Germany.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist.
Institute of Sexual Wholeness: Certified Sex Therapist.
International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals: Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT®).
Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists: Certified Clinical Partner Specialist.
EMDRIA: Certified EMDR Therapist.
American Psychological Association.
International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals.
The Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists.
EMDR International Association.
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