Dr. Carol Clark is a Board Certified Sex Therapist, Board Certified Transgender Care Therapist, and Certified Addictions Professional; CEO and senior instructor at the International Institute of Clinical Sexology, Sex Therapy Training Institute, and the Addictions Therapy Training Institute; and is the President of the International Transgender Certification Association and the Therapist Certification Association.
After moving to Miami in 1990, Dr. Clark worked for Dade and Broward Counties, Family Court, substance abuse treatment agencies, and private practice. She has been a Continuing Education provider for nurses, psychologists, counselors and social workers throughout South Florida and is a Certified Supervisor for counseling interns.
In her private practice, Dr. Clark utilizes a variety of interventions to effectively assist clients seeking personal growth and mental health in their lives. She is Certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and specializes in treating sex addiction and gender dysphoria.
As she recognized a commonality in the people she saw over the years, which mirrored those issues she dealt with in her personal life, she conceptualized a way of looking at our highly stimulating lifestyles as the result of a perpetually addictive state that disconnects us from each other and the universal life force. It is from this personal growing awareness that she wrote her first book, Addict America: The Lost Connection – a life-altering guide for all people and an excellent clinical resource. Addict America: The Lost Connection describes and defines a new viewpoint as to the elemental nature of addiction and how it affects our brains. By understanding the fundamental nature of addiction and applying the healing strategies set forth in this book, readers will find themselves reestablishing Connections in their lives that seemed lost forever. Her second book, My Pocket Therapist: 12 Tools for Living in Connection, provides the exercises and tools for the recovery of Connection in all of our lives.
HELLO, I’M DR. CLARK!
I’d like to tell you a little about myself, because it is important for you to feel a sense of trust and Connection with me if we are going to work together. So first, my life in a nutshell:
I grew up in New Jersey (land of the best tomatoes in the world and Bruce Springsteen), then left to travel around the country, footloose and fancy free, for several years. I lived in Connecticut, Florida, Pennsylvania, and California and had jobs ranging from agricultural assistant (I have a bug named after me!)
to bartender to bank teller to veterinary assistant. During these years, I was also a house parent at a drug rehab and then, with my husband, worked for a private psychiatric facility where we lived with the patients as surrogate parents. It became increasingly clear to me that counseling was more than just another job, it is who I am, and so I returned to New Jersey to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling.
After graduation, we moved to the place that keeps us in permanent vacation mode in spite of working 12-hour days– sunny, tropical South Florida. I have been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor here since 1993, working for both private and government substance abuse and counseling programs.
In 1996, I became a Certified Addictions Professional and in 1997, earned a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality. I combined the two fields to specialize in working with sexual addicts and their partners.
I became interested in working with transgender and gender non-conforming individuals after attending an educative panel and some support groups. I went on to specialize with this population and, due to the lack of professionals with knowledge in this area, I began providing services to trans people around the country by telephone and internet video conferencing. Later, I and four other amazing women created the International Transgender Certification Association and began training therapists and other healthcare professional to work with transitioning and non-binary people everywhere.
I taught graduate courses at a local university, conducted custody investigations for the courts, and now provide Continuing Education for nurses, psychologists, counselors and social workers. I am a Certified Supervisor for counseling interns. I love teaching and opened the Sex Therapy Training Institute, the Addictions Therapy Training Institute, and then the International Institute of Clinical Sexology in order to prepare and train future sex therapists and addictions professionals to continue the important work in these fields. IICS is for therapists and healthcare providers who want to earn a PhD in this field.
I have learned a variety of interventions to effectively assist clients seeking personal growth and mental health in their lives. These interventions include cognitive-behavioral therapy, existential and reality therapy, to name a few. I am Certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, an exciting technique that is extremely effective in treating traumas, phobias, and generally disturbing thoughts and memories, in a relatively brief timeframe. In my private practice, I continue to work with individuals and couples with an incredibly wide array of concerns, which generally reduce to a yearning for improved relationships and intimacy.
As I recognized a commonality in the people I saw over the years, which mirrored those issues I dealt with in my life, I conceptualized a way of looking at our highly stimulating lifestyles as the result of a perpetually addictive state that disconnects us from each other and the universal life force. It is from this personal growing awareness that I wrote my first book, Addict America: The Lost Connection. I followed up with a wonderful book that includes many of the tools and exercises I give to clients to take with them after therapy sessions. My Pocket Therapist: 12 Tools for Living in Connection, will help everyone move into a place of Connection with self, others, and the universe.
I am happy to provide initial consultations by telephone or e-mail with no charge so please, contact me any time to discuss whatever is on your mind. I’ll look forward to hearing from you!
Always Remember Me
My child, always remember me
Even though remembrance be
Filled with sorrow, pain and tears
My love is with you through the years
Though your steps falter and your will is weak
Listen closely and I will speak
To you of things we both have known
And even though you’re far from home
My love will bring you back to me
My child, always remember me
My love, always remember me
Though it’s been so long
I can barely see
The past where once we met with love
In green jungle with sky above
So blue our eyes burned
And we looked away
Only to open on another day
Close your eyes see me again
Always, forever, no where or when
I’m always with you, look and see
My love, always remember me
Author Carol L. Clark
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