Michael Crocker, DSW, LCSW, MA is the founder and director of The Sexuality, Attachment, and Trauma Project as well as a private practitioner. Dr. Crocker provides direct clinical services that address trauma, cross addiction, out-of-control sexual behavior, as well as sexual inhibition, intimacy anxiety, gender disorders, and sexual identity confusion. He is the Vice President of the New York State Society of Clinical Social Workers as well as the Chair of their Committee on Sexuality and Gender.
Dr. Crocker has a doctorate in clinical social work from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied the connection between out-of-control sexual behavior and insecure attachment. He holds a masters degree in social work, a masters degree in industrial psychology and organizational behavior, three post masters certificates, and institute training in object relations theory. He has published articles on sexuality, trauma, attachment theory, out-of-control sexual behavior, and affect theory.
Dr. Crocker is an adjunct professor for Touro College, Rutgers University, and Iona College. He teaches psychodynamic theory, group therapy, and trauma-related studies for graduate students.
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Dr. Crocker has taught psychotherapists at The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and The National Institute of the Psychotherapies Program in Midtown Manhattan. He has presented at the NASW addictions conference, The American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work, The NYSSCSW, Long Island SCSW and Staten Island SCSW conferences, The Mental Health Professionals in Law Enforcement, The Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, The EGPS Conference and a number of the SASH annual conferences.
Dr. Crocker provides a variety of workshops, with a focus in the area of sexual trauma, sexual compulsivity and sexual aggression.
Recent topics have included:
- Transforming Anxiety and Avoidance Into Alliance and Intimacy: A Treatment Model for Out-of-Control Sexual Behavior
- The Push and Pull of Insecure Attachment – Working with Individuals with Out-of-Control Sexual Behavior and Their Partner – Strategies for Individual and Couples Therapy
- Looking for Attachment in all the Wrong Places: Sexual Addiction as a Symptom of Insecure Attachment, Etiology, and Treatment
- Understanding and Treating Process Addictions
- The influence of Technology on Connectivity, Attachment, and Behavioral Addictions
- Suicide - An Irresolvable Grief: Transmuting Shame and Powerlessness Into Mourning and Reconnection