I specialize in working with INDIVIDUALS and COUPLES (any sexual orientation) exploring/questioning their sexuality, or issues with sex/intimacy. I work with women who suspect they are in a relationship with a narcissist. I work with gay men and women who are contemplating coming out to their friends and family. I work with individuals who are exploring bisexuality and other forms of sexual identity/expression to include polyamorous relationships, open relationships, swinging, etc.
I have worked with hundreds of straight and gay men seeking help for SEX ADDICTIONS, to include, porn, infidelity, prostitutes, anonymous hookups, PHONE APPS, online chatting, etc. I work with clients seeking help for substance addictions, anxiety, OCD, abusive relationships, lack of motivation/direction, stuck and lack direction/meaning, dating/social/relationship issues, etc.
I also specialize in working with artists/performers/writers and actors. I spent 15 years working in Los Angeles with a number of clients in the entertainment business to include actors, directors and writers. While in Los Angeles, I was featured on occasion as ABC-7 News' Expert Couples/Marriage Therapist.
20 YEARS IN PRIVATE PRACTICE AS A MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST.
I have worked with hundreds of women who are stuck in relationships with men who are verbally abusive (or passive aggressively so.) Many of my female (and gay male) clients were unaware that their partners/spouses may be narcissistic, or at least employ many of the traits beyond the DSM-V diagnosis. Most often, clients that attract narcissistic or abusive partners were often neglected, abused and traumatized as children and/or were raised by a self-obsessed or narcissistic parent(s). Thus, these clients grew up meeting the needs of others, but have minimal skills in identifying, expressing or believing that they deserve to have their their own needs met in relationships as well. Any time that their partner shows the tiniest bit of affection, they treat this moment like a drug - and remain stuck in an unhealthy relationship chasing those rare moments - rather than leaving, due to their traumatic history. Often this is referred to as codependency, lack of self esteem, lack of solid sense of self and loss of a voice and identity in your relationship. In other words, it's always about them! These clients often describe the feeling of always walking on eggshells to make sure that they don't upset their partners and then have to deal with the consequences. They usually blame themselves and this is why they eventually will end up in therapy. You don't have to go through this alone. Many clients are ashamed to tell friends or family what they are going through because they often doubt their own sanity at some point. TRUST ME, you are not crazy. You need help and cannot do this alone. Email me.
I have worked extensively in the field of ADDICTIONS/SEXUALITY AND SEX/INTIMACY ISSUES for the entire span of my career, specifically with various SEX ADDICTIONS, that mostly males will struggle with, that often damage their relationships, marriages, careers and social bonds. Most men carry so much shame and guilt and will not seek help as they attempt to control the addiction themselves. Eventually, they get caught and/or finally realize that the addiction is so out of control that they are no longer able to manage it on their own, although they have tried countless times to no avail. For those who are dedicated to the process of treatment, there is hope. You do not need to lose your marriage, relationship, career, etc. if you are ready to face your addiction and admit that you need help and are willing to do what it takes to break this insidious cycle of pain and destruction, I can help you!
RICK CARTER, LMFT (Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist - Individual and Couples Therapist), MBA, LCADC (Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor) also. Currently working on Ph.D. in Mind-Body Medicine and will be a Ph.D Candidate in the dissertation stages by mid 2020, with plans of earning degree by April, 2021.