When you visit our offices or have a virtual appointment, our main concern is helping you feel comfortable enough to tell us what is going on. Nothing you have to say will surprise or shock us. In addition to treating anxiety, depression, and trauma, each team member has a different subspecialty, such as kink & BDSM, coping with transphobia, or poly-relationships. But we all subscribe to the same belief that you deserve to be heard and not judged about what brings you to therapy.
Couples often come to us to address conflict in their relationships. Or because they find it challenging that one partner feels more sexual than the other.
We also offer identity-affirming group therapy on a range of topics such as substance use or intimacy. Some clients go to group therapy and individual therapy, while others just attend a group.
We treat a range of issues related to sexuality, including out-of-control sexual behavior, sometimes labeled sex addiction(although we're not fans of labels). Patients also come to us for intimacy anxiety, sexual compulsivity, gender and orientation confusion, and LGBTQ+ issues.
We don't believe in labels at The SAT Project and avoid using one-size-fits-all terms like sex addiction or porn addiction. Instead, throughout the site, we talk about out-of-control sexual behavior and struggles with a dependence on sexual imagery. Hopefully, you’ll feel encouraged to let go of your labels too. Our work together begins with the SAT Treatment Tools, a series of surveys about your personal history. These questions help us look at who you are and how you view yourself.
Are certain sexual behaviors negatively affecting your life and relationships?
Are you starting to explore your gender identity, and do you need to talk to someone about it?
No matter what is going on for you, it can feel isolating and scary to cope with these issues on your own. Talking to a non-judgmental person is the beginning of a path back to yourself, one that provides a greater sense of choice in your life. You don’t have to handle this stuff alone.
We call ourselves The Sexuality, Attachment, and Trauma Project (or SAT Project) because your past impacts the present-day behaviors that bring you to therapy. Sexual issues often have their roots in traumatic events from childhood, such as parental addiction or divorce. These experiences may interfere with your ability to have meaningful attachments as an adult.
To help us understand what events in your life have contributed to the issues you currently struggle with, we begin our work with the SAT Treatment Tools, a series of surveys about your personal history.
SAT Project Founder, Michael Crocker
Dr. Crocker and the SAT Project team use a unique treatment model that helps clients understand how their history has resulted in a particular style of emotional attachment. This work allows you to change and improve how you connect to others and experience intimacy.
In addition to his 20-year background in individual psychotherapy, Michael holds a master’s degree in industrial psychology and organizational behavior and has consulted with many companies. Dr. Crocker currently serves as board president to the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work. He is also an active member of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health and the American Association for Psychoanalytic Clinical Social Workers.