Sari Cooper, LCSW, CST

Sari CooperDirector of Center for Love and Sex
Therapist
Coach
Clinical Supervisor
Speaker

Founder and Director of Center for Love and Sex, Sari Eckler Cooper, LCSW is a licensed individual, couples and AASECT-Certified Sex Therapist, sex coach, writer, trainer, supervisor and media expert. She specializes in working on issues such as sexual disorders, sexual avoidance, couples communication, affairs, separation, depression, anxiety, and alternative sexual interests.

Ms. Cooper is recognized as a relationship and sexuality expert and has been a regular commentator on television shows like CBS This Morning, The Better Show and Dr. Oz to discuss relationship issues. Sari is continually called upon to discuss issues in modern relationships in the press including The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Greatest, Vice, Bustle, Cosmo, Men’s Health, Shape, Brides Magazine, Barron’s, New York Post, and Marie Claire.

Qualifications and Areas of Practice

Sari holds a Masters Degree in Social Work. Her post-graduate work was completed at The Ackerman Institute for the Family and the Human Sexuality Program at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Sari graduated with a BFA in dance from The Juilliard School. She has been in private practice for 20+ years in New York City. In addition to her therapy and sex coach practice, Ms. Cooper is a clinical supervisor for general and sex therapists.
While a specialist in the area of sexual issues, Sari has years of training and experience treating many psychological issues including: anxiety disorders, mood disorders, panic attacks, trauma, divorce, pre-marriage counseling, assertiveness issues, anger management, career adjustment or guidance and other diagnoses in the DSM 5 of the American Psychiatric Association.

Theoretical Orientation

Sari has been committed in her career to helping people connect more authentically in their emotional and sexual relationships. She utilizes a combination of techniques in her practice including: psychodynamic, family systems, CBT, meditation, as well as exercises she has reconfigured from her background as a professional choreographer and dancer to help individuals and couples re-start and re-create a new erotic connection.
She views the therapeutic process as an active collaborative process in which she and her clients can work towards meaningful behavioral and mood related shifts which are meaningful in their intimate, professional and communal relationships. While she view herself as an active therapist with a lot of expertise, she also values the active insights and assignments her clients bring into the therapeutic and coaching process.

Her understanding of body/mind integration, her many years of experience and continued education profoundly informs her practice. She has a direct, warm style of engagement and is an active type of therapist willing to give feedback, assignments to do at home and give advice on other professional referrals if appropriate. She has deep respect for her clients’ strengths and views therapy and coaching as a means for them to re-connect them to their best selves and to revitalize their primary relationships.

Professional Associations and Media

She is an active member of Society for Sexual Therapy and Research, Association of American Sexual Educators, Counselors and Therapists, the Ackerman Institute Alumni Association, the American Family Therapy Academy, New York State Society for Clinical Social Work, Occupational Clinical Practitioners Group as well as a founding member of the Manhattan Sex Therapy Peer Group.

She writes about sexuality on her blog Sex Esteem® on this website, as well as on Psychology Today. She is a featured blogger for Huffington Post on Divorce and Sexuality. Her published paper, Issues in Psychoanalytic Psychology is titled: Some Like It Not (about couples who struggle the problem of sexual avoidance).
Sari has given many talks, seminars and workshops for professionals at conferences on many topics including: Sexual Avoidance, Compulsivity, Affairs, Discrepant Desire, ADHD and Sexuality in long-term relationships. She also presents to the general public on how to explore new sexual avenues in long-term relationships and how to talk to children about sex, as well as how a healthy sex life improves ones work life. She was a featured speaker in “Project Respect”, an educational program of the Sex Crimes Unit at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office on the topic of compulsivity.

She works in person at her private practice offices in Manhattan on the upper west side and in midtown of NYC. She also uses Skype or phone to coach people who live outside New York, travel frequently and who want to focus on present and future goals.

You can subscribe to her new Youtube channel Sex Esteem® with Sari Cooper- like her on Facebook:@centerforloveandsex and 
follow her on Twitter: @sari_cooper

Hours

Tuesdays
8am-8pm
Wednesdays
8am-7:30pm
Thursdays
10am-8pm
Friday
8am-12pm

Contact

Call intake coordinator for session with Sari at 212-787-5010

Rates

$300+
AASECT American Family Therapy Academy American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy

Lauren Johnson, LMFT

Lauren Johnson, LMFT

Qualifications and Areas of Practice

Lauren Johnson, LMFT is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with many years of experience specializing in helping couples and individuals with relational and sexual challenges. She has been in private practice for over 7 years, helping couples and individuals with their relationship conflicts, psychiatric challenges and their desires for improved communication and intimacy. She specializes in treating a variety of sexual disorders/conflicts including:

  • orgasmic disorders
  • desire discrepancy
  • erectile disorder
  • pelvic pain
  • infidelity
  • performance anxiety
  • out of control sexual behavior
  • help in establishing better boundaries

She has expertise in working with clients in LGBTQ and heterosexual relationships as well as those who identify as non-monogamous or polyamorous, or clients with specific types of kink interests. In addition to couple and sexual issues, Lauren is skilled in working with clients who have general psychotherapy goals they want to address including:

  • work/life balance
  • family of origin stress
  • couple communication standoffs
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • ADD/ADHD

Lauren graduated from Hofstra University with a B.A. in Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her post-graduate training in Sex Therapy was completed at the Modern Sex Therapy Institutes.

Theoretical Orientation

Lauren’s therapeutic approach is derived from a combination of a cognitive-behavioral and systemic techniques. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy utilizes the replacement of negative or ineffective thoughts with healthier thoughts to alter unhealthy behavior. A systemic lens aims to address client’s problems from their intrapersonal perspective but helps to teach and change the way their interactions cause varying consequences and patterns within a system. This system can be one with their partner/spouse, with their family of origin, their nuclear family including their children or their circle of friends.

Each interaction is addressed in relation to habitual patterns that may have become stuck or conflictual and a systemic therapist makes interventions at helping the client(s) consciously make healthier choices to create more intimacy or functionality in these relationships.

Lauren is a collaborative therapist who works with clients’ strengths to explore the behaviors, thoughts, communication patterns, and interactional patterns that are associated with the problems presented. After a thorough initial assessment, she works with clients to clarify goals, identify resolutions to the presenting issues, followed by a wide array of interventions, home assignments and bibliotherapy to help achieve these goals. 

Lauren understands that people find it at times challenging or embarrassing to discuss their sexual lives with anyone. She takes pride in providing a judgment-free environment with compassion, empathy, and openness so that clients feel comfortable. Lauren finds it important to recognize the diversity of each person and adapts her therapeutic techniques to the unique needs of each client. Her ultimate goal for each client in therapy is to be provided with tools and specific techniques to master and utilize during and after completing their work with her in therapy.   

Professional and Community Associations

Lauren works for Friends of Firefighters, a non-profit organization providing free therapeutic services to active and retired FDNY members and families.

She is also an active member of American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT).

Hours

Monday
8-10:30 am
Thursday
4-9 pm
Saturday
9 - 11:30 am

Contact

Call intake coordinator for session with Lauren at 212-787-5010 or 914-279-0995

Rates

Fees ranging from $150-$200
AASECT American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy

Craig Cardamone, LMFT

Craig Cardamone, LMFT

Qualifications and Areas of Practice

Craig Cardamone, LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist with many years of experience helping individuals and couples who come to CLS for a variety of sexual, relational, and psychological concerns. He helps clients improve their relational, psychiatric, and intimacy challenges. He has a wide scope of practice treating clients who experience sexual problems including:

  • Low desire (experienced by men & women)
  • Performance anxiety
  • Discrepant desire
  • Erectile Disorder
  • Infidelity
  • Rapid ejaculation
  • Delayed ejaculation
  • Out-of-control/ compulsive sexual behavior/ porn use
  • Varied sexual interests
  • Kink interests
  • Non-monogamy/Polyamory agreements/challenges
  • Recovery of childhood sexual abuse/sexual trauma/rape
  • Gender dysphoria

Beyond individual and couple sexual dysfunctions, Craig has experience treating general presenting issues including:

  • Depression
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder/Panic Disorder
  • Social anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Couple’s negative communication patterns (arguments, blaming, avoidance/stonewalling, bullying)
  • Family-of-origin relational trauma
  • Dating challenges (difficulty committing, anxiety on dates, challenges setting boundaries)
  • Recovery from separation/divorce/break ups
  • Alcohol and substance abuse/recovery

Craig has in-depth expertise in helping heterosexual and LGBTQ-identified individuals and couples/partnerships. In addition he has expertise helping clients who are challenged with gender dysphoria, gender non-conforming issues, and transgender identity.

Craig graduated from Texas State University with a B.S in Psychology and earned his M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University with a focus in gender dysphoria and couple relationships. He was a member of the Transgender Team at Syracuse University Couples and Family Therapy Center, and a co-facilitator of The Gender and Sexuality Seminar at Brownell Center for Behavioral Health. Craig received post-graduate training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy at The Ackerman Institute for the Family, and Sex Therapy with Sari Cooper.

Theoretical Orientation

Craig’s therapeutic approach with individuals utilizes techniques and interventions of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, attachment-focused research-based couples therapy, and mindfulness to help clients overcome their emotional, sexual, and psychiatric difficulties. These techniques have been proven to help clients recognize and challenge negative or ineffective thoughts, understand and change how one relates to others and the negative patterns in self talk that contribute to anxiety, avoidance and conflict in personal as well as work relationships. He strives to help people learn the steps to ground themselves, decreasing symptoms and ultimately working through obstacles that prevented them from moving forward in their lives.

Craig uses Emotionally Focused Therapy, an evidenced-based systemic couples model that utilizes its attachment research outcomes and the power of experiential exercises to teach couples how to identify and understand negative cycles that perpetuate all of their arguments and conflicts. He uses this very structured program to support and guide partners through steps on re-establishing a healthier more productive and intimate way of relating.

Craig is respectful of the varied rituals, practices and beliefs of folks who come from a variety of ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds including:

  • Indian
  • Pakistani
  • Hasidic Orthodox/Modern Orthodox/ Judaism
  • Muslim
  • Bicultural (first generation) Americans
  • Asian
  • Latino
  • Catholic
  • Evangelical Christian
  • Mormon

Craig seeks to understand and tailor his therapeutic interventions that aligns with your belief system and lifestyle to offer a judgment-free space. Craig offers a warm and empathetic presence when working with his clients who feel they really “get” them and can rely on his keen understanding and expertise to help them reach their goals. Craig encourages clients to explore their desires and conflicts with open curiosity and without shame, embarrassment or fear. He believes that a collaborative therapeutic process will lead to more impactful and long-lasting changes in one’s/a couple’s relationship.

Professional and Community Associations

Craig is an active member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) as well as the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT).

Hours

Monday
4-8:15 pm
Friday
4-8:00 pm

Contact

Call intake coordinator for session with Lauren at 212-787-5010 or 914-279-0995

Rates

Fees ranging from $150-$200
American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy ICEEFT