Sunday 20 Apr 2014

Dr. Carol Clark

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Dr. Carol Clark is a Board certified sex therapist and addictions counselor, president and senior instructor at the Sex Therapy Training Institute and is an adjunct professor at Carlos Albizu University in Miami, Florida.
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Recurring: Sex Addiction Group Meeting; held alternate Thursdays in Miami Shores. Those interested in participating must meet with Dr Clark prior. Please call (305) 891-1827 for more information. 
4/12/14 STTI Class: Sexual Offender Treatment II - Guest Speaker: Dr Susan Bollinger
4/19/14 - 5/3/14 STTI Semester Break - No Classes
5/10/14 STTI Class: Sexual Offender Treatment I - Sex Addiction Panel
5/17/14 STTI Class: Legal, Ethical and Forensic Issues in Sex Therapy I
5/24/14 Memorial Day Holiday - No Class
5/31/14 STTI Class: Legal, Ethical and Forensic Issues in Sex Therapy II

 

 

 

My sexual behavior is out of control!  

Sexual Addiction or Compulsion afflicts an estimated 20 million Americans. It is characterized by: obsessive, compulsive, out of control behavior; done in spite of negative consequences to self or others. Addicts experience loss of intimacy and connection, loss of jobs, marriage, self-esteem, as well as shame and guilt. Think this could be you?

Addiction is treatable! Call (305) 891-1827 today to take your first step toward recovery. 

Sex Addiction Group Meetings held alternate Thursdays in Miami Shores. Please call (305) 891-1827 for more information. 

♦  My partner wants sex more/less than I do.         ♦  Where has the intimacy gone?         ♦  My partner and I argue all the time.

How can we learn to calmly discuss things and solve our problems? 

Couples often have communication or intimacy problems that manifest themselves in the bedroom.  

     Don’t be afraid to take that first step and seek help. 

♦  I think I’m gay, lesbian, Transgendered           ♦  My wife just found out I’m a cross-dresser

What do I do now?

Some individuals are unable to accept themselves, some need help coping with friends and family. 

♦ How can I stop these nightmares?        ♦ I was molested/abused.     ♦ I can’t seem to get past losing my loved one.

Grief and trauma can become frozen in a person’s mind and cause ongoing anxiety, nightmares, or eating disorders.

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Dr. Carol L Clark

I work with sex addicts.

I’m a Board Certified Sex Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and Certified Addictions Professional. I’ve been in the field of psychotherapy for more than 20 years. I’ve written a book – Addict America: The Lost Connection – in which I discuss how addictive thinking and behavior affects our brains and leads to a disconnection from each other and our spiritual Connections. So far, my book has resonated with everyone who read it and my therapy practice is full. I also have my own training programs so I can pass along the knowledge and expertise I have gathered over the years.

  I am a bit driven. Private practice, teaching at a university, teaching my own sex therapy and addictions programs, supervising students and trying to have a personal life. My husband takes care of everything at home and would get an outside job, but then I would have to do some of what he does and I don't want to, so it works out. Except that I have to make a certain amount of money to pay for everything. I'm generally okay with my life and enjoy what I do and so overall give the impression that I have it all together. My assistant was therefore taken very much aback when I had a complete meltdown after she said "Why can't you just......?" I don't even remember what she was suggesting, I just know that at that moment, to do anything more would have been the proverbial last straw. I couldn't do another thing, no matter how seemingly minor, and I was unfairly angry at her for even thinking I could. 

When I first saw the movie “Avatar,” I was struck by the beautiful greeting the Na’vi use with each other, which is “I see you.” (That is also how the people from Swaziland greet each other, thank you internet).

There is a huge debate in the therapeutic community, especially among sex therapists, about the existence of sex addiction. As a sex addiction treatment provider, I am sometimes drawn into these debates, but they often prove non-productive because for some reason, while the pro-sex addiction crowd is generally open to discussion and the inclusion of others’ ideas, the nay-sayers seem entrenched in their beliefs and unwilling to entertain any thinking other than their own. As far as I’m concerned, a rose by any other name……….Call it what you will, there is a certain chemical process in the brain that occurs with stimulation from any number of sources, such as cocaine, gambling, or masturbating to internet porn. There are definable thought processes, behaviors, and feelings that are common among all addicts and form an identifiable pattern. Finally, there are treatment protocols and interventions that work well with addicts, no matter the drug of choice.

The U.S. Supreme Court decided last year that corporations are people and so, to some extent, they are.

Corporations are certainly run by people and those people often think and behave addictively, as defined in my book Addict America: The Lost Connection.

 

The secret to happiness lies within the Serenity Prayer, in that it helps us to understand that the only thing we are able to control in life is our own thinking. When we can truly grasp and then accept this premise, we gain awareness of our true power within all relationships – personal, business, community, and spiritual.

For many years now I’ve noticed that in the Fall – October and November – I and a lot of people I know complain of feeling tired and with that tiredness comes a sense of depression. As a therapist, I’m aware of clients coming to see me and wanting my help with this. That’s my job, right? To help people with depression and fatigue?

Last month, I spent two weeks in Ecuador taking a Spanish immersion program.  Ecuador got its name because it is on the equator and during an excursion to La Mitad del Mundo (the Middle of the World) I was literally standing with a foot in each hemisphere.

During the years when I was writing Addict America: The Lost Connection, my focus was on how we, as Americans, are so caught up in our "more is better," "over-the-top" lifestyles, that we live in a state of addiction and disconnection.  In our current times, when our country is so extremely divided, it is more apparent than ever that we are living in a state of addiction that is driven by fears created by groups who wish to control us.  This is nothing new.  Religions, political groups, and any other special interest group - including any company or individual trying to sell us something - will first create a fear and then tell us how they can relieve that fear.

As with many aspects of addiction, the concept of power and control is very paradoxical in nature.  When we think we’re in control, we’re really not; and when we feel out of control, we’re most likely exerting control in a way that results in others feeling powerless.

As with parents and children, the parent has the power, but how often does a parent feel controlled by the child?  If you have children, you know what I mean.  The child cries, you go running.  The child has a tantrum in public, you feel frustrated to the point of panic.  The child, on the other hand, is trying to be in control, but innately knows that he can’t handle it so pushes the limits until control is imposed. 

integrity

[in-teg-ri-tee] noun

1. adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.

2. the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished: to preserve the integrity of the empire.

3. a sound, unimpaired, or perfect condition: the integrity of a ship's hull.

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