Passionate About Helping Others
Sex and relationships are not things we are taught how to do. Instead, we gather information and hear from our local culture and broader society what is “okay.”
My practice understands the pain experienced when we find ourselves in unhealthy relationships, and/or our sense of identity and sexual pleasure is marginalised.
I am dedicated to helping you explore what is “okay” for you and develop your version of a happy, healthy sense of satisfying relationships and sexual experience.
My clients often ask, "Is that normal?" and "Can I change?" We have the biological, therapeutic, and psychosocial tools to help you find what is normal, as YOU define it, and the local resources to support you in your journey towards a happier, healthier you.
I take the view that culture, society, family, biology, and psychology all contribute to our sense of sexuality. 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 address trauma, and to help you move forward in gaining more positive sexual experiences.
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 while in a research laboratory at Rutgers University.
I am a Qualified Member of The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity (ATSAC). I am also a Registered Member of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT) who abides by their Code of Ethics and Practice.
I have additional training in working with trauma by using EMDR therapy. I have additional training in working with clients and their partners around sexually compulsive behaviours.
Education & Qualifications
New York University, MA
Rutgers University, MS
Bank Street College of Education, MEd
Contemporary Institute of Clinical Sexology, Diploma
Registered Member BACP (Accred)
ATSAC (Qualified Member & Trustee)
COSRT (General Member who abides by the COSRT code of Ethics & practice)
Compulsive Sexual Behaviours / Sex Addiction
Psychosexual Function / Sex Therapy
Individuals and Couples
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)