Michael M. Christian, Ph.D., LPC-MHSP, NCC, CSAT

Counseling Services

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy, sometimes called “psychotherapy” or “counseling” is a process where clients sit one-on-one with a trained therapist in a safe, caring, and confidential environment. Clients will make an appointment to explore specific problems that are keeping them in a “survival state” rather than “living fully” and experiencing life as it is designed to be lived.

People seek counseling for a variety of reasons. These reasons may include an emotional issue or something that is more relational, psychological or spiritual in nature. Dr. Christian sees individuals who are dealing with anger, depression, anxiety as well as those who are facing a history of trauma in their past. There are many reasons for individual therapy. Once Dr. Christian helps you to fully define the issue that brings you into therapy, you will work with him collaboratively to find the possible solution. The first step is to call and make an appointment.

Marital Therapy

Couples counseling is a process through which a couple (who may be dating, engaged, married or partnered) works with a trained therapist to identify specific areas of conflict and/or aspects of their relationship that they would like to change or improve upon. Therapy is also a process where a couple can develop a plan of action to improve each individual’s level of satisfaction and fulfillment in the relationship.

Working with Dr. Christian, clients find a safe and confidential setting, where as a couple they are able to explore how their individual backgrounds, beliefs, thoughts, and behaviors may be impacting their relationship in both healthy and unhealthy ways. Dr. Christian assists the couple with addressing any immediate and pressing problems or crises as well as developing strategies for protecting and enhancing the long-term health and gratification of their relationship.

Counseling goals for couples might include things like: enhancing communication skills, improving problem-solving skills, resolving conflict so there is a win-win solution, understanding the dynamics of a healthy relationship and definitely helping the couple to find the secrets of experiencing emotional and sexual intimacy. If you are interested in a journey that involves any of these goals, give Dr. Christian a call today and set up your initial appointment.

Sex Therapy

Dr. Christian is motivated each day by the fact that there is HOPE for healing from sexual brokenness, sexual dissatisfaction, and a wide number of sexual challenges. From the special advanced training to his years of experience, Dr. Christian provides a safe, confidential, professional and respectful environment that encourages clients, both males and females to be open and honest about their sexual struggles.

Therapy is always provided from a Christian perspective and yet regardless of your views and beliefs, you will always feel welcome, comfortable and in the right place to work on your sexual issues. Solutions for sexual dissatisfaction can vary from simple education to more extensive counseling around complex or longstanding issues. Treatment strategies are tailored to the specific goals of the individual or couple seeking help.

Sex therapy maintains ethical boundaries and is sensitive to the personal values, morals and ethics of the client. Techniques might include relationship and intimacy enhancement, strategic homework assignments, reading, specific behavioral interventions, group therapy and/or referral with other professionals. Sex therapy can be a catalyst to treat issues like:

  • Low sexual desire
  • Conflict over different sexual desire levels
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Premature ejaculation
  • Performance anxiety
  • Inability to reach orgasm
  • Unconsummated marriages
  • Vaginismus
  • Arousal difficulty
  • Female sexual pain
  • Sexual addiction or compulsivity
  • Past sexual abuse
  • Affair recovery

Sexual intimacy with your partner may be improved to allow more gratifying sexual pleasure in the relationship. Most clients find sex therapy helpful. Many individuals experience some type of sexual struggle while only a few people will actually seek therapy with a trained professional. Your first step to sexual wholeness may just be a phone call to Dr. Christian. Call today and get an appointment to go in and see him or one of his associates soon.

Sexual Addiction

As a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist, Dr. Christian understands the impact of compulsive sexual behaviors upon an individual, his/her spouse, and the family. According to Mark Laaser, Ph.D. and Patrick Carnes, Ph.D., two leading experts on sexual addiction in the field, addiction involves a pathological relationship to a mood-altering substance or behavior. Sexual addiction is defined as any sexually-related, compulsive behavior which interferes with normal living and causes severe stress on family, friends, loved ones, and one’s environment. It is estimated that three to six percent of the population are facing sexual addiction. Based on the research by Dr. Carnes, approximately 20 – 25% of all patients who seek help for sexual addiction are women. This indicates that the disease shows no respect to any one specific gender.

Dr. Christian provides a variety of treatment options for those struggling with compulsive sexual behavior. The options include: individual therapy, marital therapy, group therapy, intensive therapy and referral to inpatient facilities for those patients whose disease requires day-to-day treatment. Those who enter treatment and work the recovery program are able to experience and maintain a level of sobriety and state of recovery that is healthier than what they experienced prior to beginning the process. The recovery program helps individuals become people of integrity, authenticity and assists them as they come to understand healthy intimacy.

Some of the types of compulsive behaviors that Dr. Christian treats include:

  • Fantasy sex
  • Seductive role sex
  • Voyeuristic sex
  • Exhibitionistic sex
  • Paying for sex
  • Trading sex
  • Intrusive sex
  • Anonymous sex
  • Pain exchange sex
  • Exploitive sex
  • Chronic infidelity
  • Compulsive masturbation
  • Love & relationship addiction
  • Cybersex
  • Pornography addiction

During treatment for sexual addiction, you will be given tools to STOP the compulsive sexual behaviors, RECOVER your heart, and REBUILD your relationships. Sex addiction is really not about sex. It is a feelings disorder, a heart disorder, an intimacy disorder, an attachment disorder….and a courtship disorder. Begin your recovery journey today by calling Dr. Christian for your initial appointment.

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