Carol A. Butler
Between 5th & 6th Avenues, Greenwich Village
New York, New York 10011
I want to help people understand why they feel and act the way they do, and I want to help them change behavior that they feel is a problem.
I feel my role as a therapist has two components; I want to help people understand why they feel and act the way they do, and I want to help them modify problem behaviors that they haven’t been able to change. People frequently come to therapy in a great deal of psychic pain, and focusing only on exploration and insight or only on change may overlook or invalidate the intensity of their pain. Learning to stay calm and focused makes it possible to take in new information that can lead to positive changes.
I try to communicate to individuals and couples that their behavior and feelings are relevant and meaningful, perhaps in terms of their past experiences if not clearly related to their present life situation. I want to help clients increase their self-esteem, learn to predict how they will feel after taking an action, increase their ability to enjoy life, and make every effort to attain their goals.
Specialty areas in which I have advanced training and experience are sexual dysfunctions, out of control sexual behavior, substance abuse, process addictions (compulsive gambling, eating disorders), anxiety disorders, and surviving childhood sexual abuse. My work with couples led me to train and qualify as a mediator of divorces and of family and business disputes. I am the co-author of The Divorce Mediation Answer Book.
Ph.D., M.A., B.A.
Psychoanalyst, New York State
Advanced Mediation Training: Pepperdine School of Law, Basic Mediation Training: Center for Family and Divorce Mediation, Supervision of the Psychoanalytic Process: Postgraduate Center for Mental Health, Sexual Addiction, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Aggression: The SATTI Group, Sexual Dysfunctions: Masters and Johnson Institute, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: Washington Square Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.