Types of Therapy

My specialty is individual, couple and family therapy sessions informed by attachment theory, trauma and when needed sex therapy.  My office is conveniently located at Columbus Circle.  We all bring the conscious and unconscious adaptations of our childhood into our adult relationships.  When our childhood was less than optimal in terms of the “care” of our caretakers we learn to get what we need in ways that get us through our childhood.   I believe parents generally do the best they can as parents but there are times when the parent’s best is not “good enough.”  This doesn’t mean the parents were bad parents or bad people it just means that the child didn’t get what they needed at the time they needed it.  Maybe the parent was unavailable, exhausted from working, depressed or struggling with the relationship with their significant other. To see the list of treatment methods I use Click HERE. Then please click on the treatment method (e.g. EMDR) that you are interested in to learn more about that treatment option.  If you would like more information on the problems or conditions (e.g. Anxiety) that I treat please click HERE.

Childhood difficulties can become adult challenges

These childhood adaptations may get us through childhood but can wreak havoc on our adult relationships since those adaptation get wired into our brain.  This can happen before we have memories. In addition to the challenges of childhood relationship disruptions (aka Attachment) we may have been subjected to physical or sexual abuse or traumatic life events like accidents, medical crisis or death in the family. These traumas create further disruptions in our ability to have a satisfying childhood and adult life.  Since childhood attachment challenges and early life trauma frequently come up in therapy I felt it was important to get trained in trauma, attachment and sex therapy.  Sex Therapy has also proven to be a useful tool in individual and couples therapy.  On occasion attachment or trauma based adaptations will disrupt one’s sex life. To see the list of treatment methods I use Click HERE. Then please click on the treatment method (e.g. EMDR) that you are interested in to learn more about that treatment option.  If you would like more information on the problems or conditions (e.g. Anxiety) that I treat please click HERE.

My certifications and training

I am certified in EMDR and board certified in Neurofeedback (BCN) and trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (attachment based) and am also a certified sex therapist (AASECT)EMDR and Neurofeedback are two of the key trauma treatment therapies recommended in the book; BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk, MD. Research demonstrates how the brain and our emotional lives interact and how with assistance we can change our brain and our lives. The good news is that our brain is changeable. This changeability in the brain is called neuroplasticity.

Covid 19

The members of the Board of Call to Action Metro New York acknowledge the intense suffering, deep pain and anguish of the people of this world due to the coronavirus. We are grateful to all who are providing compassionate care and support to all who are afflicted. We pray for all who have died and for all their loved ones who are grieving their loss. Join with us in asking our loving God to give us wisdom and strength to guide our actions in advocating for others and spreading the graces of love and compassion.

YES..We are all in this together… Mary Sugrue

Letter to Cardinal Dolan

The Chapter wrote to Cardinal Dolan about his teaching failures in his recent relationship with President Trump. An article from America Magazine about Dolan and Trump is here along with our letter to Cardinal Dolan.
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Work on mass incarceration

The Chapter is prioritizing our work in the spirit of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ statement on racism, “Open Wide Our Hearts” by focusing on the social justice issues resulting from mass incarceration. Click here to see the chapter statement.

German Synodal Way Interview

We did a recent Zoom interview with Professor Gregor Marie Hoff, Spiritual Advisor to the German Synodal Way underway now in the German Catholic Church.

Click here for the introduction and ZOOM link to the interview.