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
- 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:
- 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.
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:
- Hasidic Orthodox/Modern Orthodox/ Judaism
- Bicultural (first generation) Americans
- Evangelical Christian
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).