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Passionate About Helping Others

My clients often ask, "Is that normal?" and "Can I change?" We don't always know what we need to make lasting changes. Sometimes, transition is easier with a supportive person experienced in helping you find your way.  Therapists support you find what is normal, as YOU define it. We can also direct you to local resources to support your journey towards a happier, healthier you.

Transition is what marks my life experience.  I have, perhaps like you, transitioned homes, countries, cultures, careers, identity, relationships, thoughts and behaviours to find a more fulfilling place in life.    

I am dedicated to helping you find a satisfying, positive, and healthy sense of yourself and in relationships.  

Education & Qualifications
  • New York University, MA

  • Rutgers University, MS

  • Bank Street College of Education, MEd

  • Contemporary Institute of Clinical Sexology, Diploma

  • Registered Member MBACP (Accred)

  • Accredited Member of COSRT

  • EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner

  • ATSAC (Qualified Member)

Therapeutic Specialisations
  • Life Transition 

  • Relationships

  • Compulsive Sexual Behaviours / Sex Addiction

  • Love Addiction, Romance Addiction

  • Maladaptive Daydreaming

  • Sexual Fantasies

  • Psychosexual issues (sexual function, identity, & sexual preferences)


I take the view that culture, society, family, biology, and psychology all contribute to our sense of self.  Together, we explore your background, experiences, and relationship style in a safe, confidential environment to help you achieve a more rewarding relationship with yourself and others. Then, we will design a therapeutic process that is unique to your experience and your needs.

My role is to support you through the issues you are currently facing and help you through the process of adopting new, more satisfying ways of being.  I also provide EMDR therapy to help clients help you move forward through trauma, current distressing situations that seem 'stuck' and/or to address disturbing fears of the future.

My specialisation in all things sexual began while working as a sexuality educator in New York City, where I also worked for the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS).   I turned my interest in sexuality to the neuroscience of sexual arousal and the function of fantasy while in a research laboratory at Rutgers University.  


In addition to being an Accredited Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, I am also an Accredited Member of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT). I am a Qualified Member of The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity (ATSAC).  I work with clients and their partners around sexually compulsive behaviours. 

Therapy Sessions

Individual counselling sessions: 50 minutes

Relationship/couples counselling sessions:  75 minutes

EMDR sessions:  75 minutes


Criminale, C.  (contributing author). All About Sex:  A family resource on sex and sexuality.  1996.  R.F. Moglia and J. Knowles (eds.) New York, NY: Crown Publishing.

Criminale, C. The Naming of a Phenomenon.  2020. Recovery Plus Journal, January 2020, pp. 24-25.


Criminale, C., Moore, A., and Shortridge, J. 1996.  Sexuality resources from around the world.  A SIECUS annotated bibliography of organizations and available materials.  SIECUS Report. 24(3).


Patierno, C., Criminale, C., Harris, E., Mayer, R., and Rodriguez, M. 1996. Relearning touch: Healing techniques for couples.  SIECUS report. 24(4):24.


Criminale, C. Effects of sleep deprivation in fMRI: A preliminary study. 1998. (Masters thesis - Rutgers University.)


Komisaruk, B. R., Mosier, K. R., Criminale, C. C., Liu, W-C., Zaborszky, L., Whipple, B., Nissanov, J., and Kalnin, A. J. 1998.  Functional mapping of human lower brainstem cranial nerve nuclei using fMRI.  NeuroImage. 7(4):S571. (Abstract for presentation)


Komisaruk, B. R., Mosier, K. M. Liu, W-C., Criminale, C. C., Zaborszky, L., Whipple, B., Nissanov, J., and Kalnin, A. 2002.  Functional mapping of brainstem and cervical spinal cord nuclei in humans with fMRI.  American Journal of Radiology.  23:609-617.


Criminale, C.  Menelly, D. J., Rothberg, S. A., and Komisaruk, B. R. 2000.  Designing an eye: An intuitive modeling approach to learning neuroscience.  Society for Neuroscience Abstracts. 30(1): 21.51. (Abstract for presentation)

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