The Sexuality, Attachment and Trauma Project (SAT Project) is both a group private practice and a psychotherapist training program. The group private practice provides individual, couples, family and group psychotherapy. The Project consists of four associates who provide a range of services including treatment for those who suffer from out-of-control sexual behavior, sexual dysfunction, intimacy anxiety, gender-orientation confusion, problematic and disturbing sexual thoughts and fantasies, problematic paraphilic behavior, LGBTQ issues, overcoming childhood sexual abuse, PTSD symptoms of abuse and neglect, and depression and anxiety. The SAT Project also provides services for partners and family members of those suffering from these conditions as well. The SAT Project has published research yielding evidence of a significant relationship between out-of-control sexual behavior (OCSB) often called “sexual addiction” as well, and insecure attachment styles. Specifically, SAT Project research indicates that people who are assessed as struggling with OCSB are also typically assessed as exhibiting higher-than-average levels of avoidant-attachment behaviors. Out-of-control sexual behavior is thus conceptualized as a defense against the anxiety and vulnerability that come from early attachment traumas and ruptures. Very often, these anxieties, rooted in an individual’s developmental period, are strongly triggered in the context of sexual and/or romantic relationships. At the SAT Project, clinicians are trained to view behaviors and work with people through this dynamic frame. The SAT Project staff are all trained in intensive outpatient approaches to addresses these difficulties. However, our program does not operate out of a “manualized” or standardized approach. We see treatment as individualized and we are deeply invested in a psychodynamic model that respects the humanity and dignity of each person we treat. As a general philosophy, the SAT Project strives to help its clients develop compassionate curiosity about themselves, their behaviors and feelings, and to work cooperatively toward solutions and the reduction of distress.
Michael Crocker, DSW, LCSW, MA
Andrew Erdman, LCSW
Kelly Moylan, LCSW
Josh Wolf-Powers, LMSW, MBA
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Dr. Michael Crocker
Michael M. Crocker, DSW, LCSW, MA is the founder and director of the Sexuality, Attachment and Trauma Project, and a private practitioner working with individuals, couples, groups and organizations. He provides psychotherapy services that address trauma, cross addiction, hypersexual behavior, as well as sexual inhibition, intimacy anxiety, gender disorders and sexual orientation confusion. He also functions as an Adjunct Professor for the Social Work Department at Iona College, Rutgers University and Touro college. He teaches courses on Trauma, Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy and Group Psychotherapy and Psychodynamics In Clinical Social Work Practice. Dr. Crocker holds a Doctorate in Clinical Social Work as well as two Masters Degrees; one in Psychology and the other in Social Work. He holds two Post-Graduate Certificates; one in Advanced Clinical Social Work and Individual Psychotherapy and the other in Group Psychotherapy as well as training at the Object Relations Institute. His graduate and postgraduate training has included a focus on assessment, diagnosis and treatment of sexual trauma, compulsivity and aggression. Additionally, he has received training at the Sexual Abuse, Addiction and Aggression Training and Treatment Institute (SATTI) in New York City. He earned his Doctorate in Clinical Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania where he studied the connection between out-of-control sexual behaviorl behavior and attachment disorders. His research has been published in the Journal of Social Work Practice and the Addiction, Volume 15, Issue 4, 2015. Dr. Crocker has provided clinical services for over twenty years working in a variety of human service agencies and mental health clinics. He worked in the field of trauma and abuse for over ten years which has included his tenure as the Director of the Lexington Child Abuse and Disabilities Program and as the past Chair of the Queens Borough President’s Task Force on Child Sexual Abuse and Maltreatment. Dr. Crocker was also honored in April 2007 by the Child Abuse Prevention Program as a Community Hero for his work as the Director of the New York City Abuse and Disabilities Program In Jackson Heights Queens.
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Andrew Erdman, LCSW, is a psychotherapist with the Sexuality, Attachment & Trauma Project in New York City. He is also a therapist in private practice, as well as on staff part-time at New York Pathways sex addiction clinic. Andrew specializes in helping individuals with out-of-control sexual behavior, relational issues, life-transition challenges, as well as depression, anxiety, and other conditions that commonly bring people into treatment. Andrew has received extensive training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the Contemporary Freudian Society. He is also formally trained in Functional Family Therapy (FFT) and the Need-Adapted Treatment Model (NATM, also known as "Open Dialogue"). Andrew has provided in-home psychotherapy for families in New York City with child-welfare issues as well as those affected by serious and persistent mental illness. He is the author of several articles including "The Powerless therapist and the helpless borderline: Acceptance, aloneness, and dyadic Joining" (Psychoanalytic Social Work, June 2017, 1-7; http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15228878.2017.1323650), and two books including Blue Vaudeville: Sex, Morals, and the Mass Marketing of Amusement, 1895-1915 (McFarland, 2003). He is currently coauthoring a scholarly essay on the language that addicts use--or actively reject--for self-identification. In addition to an MSW from Yeshiva University, Andrew holds a Ph.D. in theatre studies from the City University of NY Graduate Center. 347-581-3618 www.AndrewErdman.com
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Kelly Moylan, LCSW is a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of codependency. Anyone effected by another person’s addiction, mental or physical illness can develop self-destructive, codependent behavior patterns in their relationships. Due to the intensity of focus on the addiction or illness, the pain of codependency is often overlooked. Ms. Moylan consults with the Sexuality, Attachment and Trauma Project to offer treatment focused on recovery from codependency. Ms. Moylan has been a practicing clinician for 19 years in a number of mental health and medical settings. She has been in private practice for 8 years working with individuals, couples and groups and treats adults as well as adolescents. She has also offered clinical services to corporations through Employee Assistance Programs and has taught and counseled in schools. Ms. Moylan earned a B.S. in Psychology from Georgetown University and an MSW from New York University. She is a member of National Association of Social Workers, the NY State Society for Clinical Social Workers, the Women’s Mental Health Consortium and the Psychotherapy and Training Collective of NY. 212.252.2112 www.kellymoylan.com
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Josh Wolf-Powers, MBA, LMSW,is a psychotherapist who specializes in sexuality, attachment, and trauma. He is a certified clinical trauma professional, and is pursuing psychoanalytic training at the Psychoanalytic Training Institute of the Contemporary Freudian Society of New York. He has worked with a wide range of people facing a wide variety of problems – problems including shame, compulsion, out-of-control behaviors, depression, anxiety, and histories of trauma and abuse. He is caring and non-judgmental, and has a longstanding mindfulness meditation practice, which informs his practice. Prior to being a therapist, Mr. Wolf-Powers was a successful private equity investor. He co-founded Blue Wolf Capital Partners, a private equity investment firm that makes control equity investments in companies facing financial stress and/or organizational dysfunction, as well as those with substantial labor union and/or government involvement. He also worked in government, managing the investment of public pension funds. The skills he used in his previous career – listening; hearing not just what is said, but what is meant, and what is felt; and helping people identify and implement solutions to their complex problems – are the same skills he brings to bear in his clinical work. Mr. Wolf-Powers brings a unique perspective to his clinical work as a result of his career on Wall Street, and is particularly adept at working with people who work in competitive and highly demanding professional environments.