Dr. Carol Clark

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Dr. Carol Clark is a Board certified sex therapist and addictions counselor; and president and senior instructor for Therapy Certification Training, the International Transgender Certification Association, and the International Institute of Clinical Sexology.
Our over-stimulated lifestyles have led to a disconnection from each other and the Universe. The themes and exercises in this book will help you to Connect and be present, leading to a more fulfilled and peaceful life.
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Dr. Carol L Clark

My sexual behavior is out of control!  

Sexual Addiction or Compulsion afflicts an estimated 20 million Americans. It is characterized by: obsessive, compulsive, out of control behavior; done in spite of negative consequences to self or others. Addicts experience loss of intimacy and connection, loss of jobs, marriage, self-esteem, as well as shame and guilt. Think this could be you?

Addiction is treatable! Call (305) 891-1827 today to take your first step toward recovery. 

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E-Counseling works well for those clients who are not able to attend sessions in person, either because of geographic location or disability and do not have a clinician in their geographical area who is experienced with their specific concerns.  Dr. Clark offers E-Counseling for:

Gender exploration

Transgender transition

Sex addiction recovery

General sexuality education/consultation

The process works in a similar way to face-to-face counseling, except it is via an electronic medium. We make an appointment, you fill out forms online, make your payment online, and then I call you at our scheduled time.

HOW DO I SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT?

I meet with clients on Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 10am until 9pm, Eastern Standard Time (EST). I will initiate the telephone or Zoom call within 5 minutes of your scheduled time and sessions last for 55 minutes. Skype is not a secure medium, so if you have concerns about that, we can have our sessions through WebEx, which is password protected. Let me know if you prefer this prior to our session.

The fee is $200.00 US per session. In some circumstances, after the first session, we may meet for half an hour for a fee of $100.00.  I do not generally accept insurance as most companies do not reimburse for gender dysphoria or sex addiction. I am also not licensed to provide psychotherapy outside of Florida. Florida residents who have a diagnosis other than or in addition to gender dysphoria or sex addiction may be eligible for insurance reimbursement.

If possible, I prefer that you call me directly at 305-891-1827 to schedule your appointment, otherwise we can do it by email. When your appointment is scheduled, you can go to the following links to complete the forms and payment:

Online forms

Payment Hour

Payment Half Hour

You may also complete the History Form if you like to facilitate your initial session, but this is not required.

In addition to the forms and payment, I will also need a copy of a photo ID – driver’s license, passport, or other. You may email a copy or photograph to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING MY FIRST APPOINTMENT?

We will first discuss what brings you to counseling and what your goals are. I will then either take your history or review the form you completed on line with you. This is the beginning of clarifying what will be addressed in future sessions. Finally, we will discuss how often you will need to meet and what you can expect to accomplish.

This is also the time when we may discuss with you the need for more intensive therapy, which I am not able to provide through E-Counseling. Appropriate referrals will be explored if this is the case.

HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED TO GET MY LETTER FOR HORMONES OR SURGERY?

This question will be better answered after the first session, when we will discuss where you are in your transition and what your goals are. Except in very unusual circumstances, we will need a minimum of three sessions. I promise to always be respectful of your time and finances, while still being ethical and responsible.

WILL ALL ENDOCRINOLOGISTS AND SURGEONS ACCEPT DR. CLARK’S LETTERS?

My letters of recommendation for hormones and surgery have been accepted by surgeons in the United States, Canada, and Thailand. I have had only one endocrinologist refuse to accept a letter for hormones due to the counseling not being in person, so I suggest that you check with your endocrinologist in advance.

CONTACT

Please let me know if you have further questions or concerns or would like to schedule an appointment. I will look forward to talking with you!

The other day I watched a funny, feel-good movie called Cool Runnings (1993), which was based on the true story about a Jamaican bobsled team trying to make it to the Olympics.  It starred John Candy as the coach, Irv, who was trying to redeem himself after cheating many years previously.  In one of the final scenes, a member of the team asked him why he had cheated, especially since he had already won two gold medals, and Irv’s answer truly embodies a large part of what my book, Addict America: The Lost Connection, is all about.  He says, “It’s quite simple really.  I had to win.  I made winning my whole life, and when you make winning your whole life, you have to keep on winning, no matter what.  A gold medal is a wonderful thing, but if you’re not enough without it, you’ll never be enough with it.”

That is addiction in America in a nutshell.  We have to win, we have to be the best, we cannot be losers or second-rate.  This thinking has propelled us to the moon.  It has made us champs in technology.  It has also made us arrogant and insecure.  It has made us often dissatisfied with what we have and who we are. We are always seeking more – more gadgets, more toys, more money, more power, and more fame.  We want bigger houses, bigger breasts, and bigger penises.  We want faster cars, faster internet, and faster lifestyles.  We want more and more stimulation and that is our addiction.

Irv made the point about internal versus external locus of control.  When you need something external to validate you internally, you will never get enough.  Recovery is about the knowing that you have everything you need right here, right now.  When you are in the moment, you can be content.  When you are present, you can Connect with others.  When you can just be, you can be happy.

TRAINING PROGRAMS & WORKSHOPS

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The Addiction Therapy Training Institute offers courses for those individuals who want to earn a certification in the addictions field. You don’t need a higher degree, only a willingness to develop the knowledge and skills to help those afflicted with drug, alcohol, gambling, sex or other addictions. ATTI

Dr. Carol L. Clark is a  Continuing Education provider for the Florida Board of Clinical Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Mental Health Counselors (exp date 3/19), Florida Board of Psychology (exp date 5/18) and the Florida Board of Nursing (exp date 10/19). Provider #50-550/BAP585
Dr. Carol L. Clark is also an approved provider for the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and the Florida Certification Board (FCB).

You’ve heard the expression “Nature Abhors a Vacuum,” right? Basically, a vacuum, or empty space, cannot exist in nature. Something has to fill it. If you sucked all the air out of an enclosed space and then opened up a hole, air would be sucked right back in.

The same is true in our lives. When we say “I am not going to….. (take drugs, watch online porn, get angry) we create a vacuum. In the absence of anything else with which to fill that empty space, whatever it was we tried to remove from it will be sucked right back in. That is how Addiction Loves a Vacuum. No matter how hard we try to NOT do our addictive behavior, if we leave a vacuum, the addiction will fill it again.

So we need to frame our desires in a positive way. What do we want to do instead of our addiction? Pretty much everyone is able to do whatever they put their minds to, as long as it is framed concretely. “I will eat dinner with my family,” “I will go to a meeting,” or “I will take an hour-long yoga class.”

It is about Intention – the Intention to live in Recovery, the Intention to do those behaviors that are prosocial and health-promoting.

Start each day with an Intention for how you want your day to be, rather than how you do NOT want it to be.

Use the Intention for a Good Day from Addict America: The Lost Connection to make this day a good one!

INTENTION FOR A GOOD DAY

The power of intention is strong indeed. Begin each day with this pledge:

This Day

Will be a good day

I will be present and mindful

I will smile at everyone

I will listen to others and understand their world

I will nurture myself with good food, exercise, and fresh air

I will be nurtured with hugs and smiles

I will trust in the good intentions of those who love me

I will send Light to anyone from whom I perceive harm

I will be the person I want to be

I will be Connected

Addict America: The Lost Connection can be found at Amazon.com.