I am licensed clinical psychologist and CEO of The Leadership Practice, Psychology Consultations Inc. and its affiliate Sexual Health of Orange County.
Certified Sex Therapist (CST)
As a certified sex therapist (CST), focusing on both female and male sexual health. 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).
Certified Clinical Partner Specialist (CCPS)
I received training in the multidimensional partner trauma model by the Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS). 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. 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.
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.
Certified Sex Therapist.
Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT®).
Certified Clinical Partner Specialist.
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.
New York Academy of Science.
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