The SAT Project | Sex and Gender Therapy

The SAT Project | Sex and Gender Therapy

Identity-Affirming Care | We Treat People Not Problems

We help people overcome a range of sexual issues including, sexual compulsivity, hypersexual behavior, intimacy anxiety, LGBTQ+ issues, gender and orientation confusion, and childhood sexual abuse. In addition to psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and groups, we provide support for the partners of those who struggle with out-of-control behaviors. We are thought leaders in the field of sex addiction, conducting cutting-edge research, presenting trainings and workshops around the country, as well as publishing extensively on this topic. Some team members are organizational psychologists and provide workplace interventions and programs as well.
We look at our patients as people, not as problems, and work with each person differently. No two patients are alike, and while we have a lot of experience with certain types of problems, there is no one way we work. That said, there are some common features to our approach: we prioritize your safety and confidentiality. We do not judge. We provide empathy and work hard to understand not just what you do, but who you are, what matters to you, and what it is that you find most challenging.
Our world is in a crisis of connection, perhaps even more so as a result of the pandemic. We’re committed to helping our clients change their dissociative patterns and relieve the cycle of shame that so often accompanies out-of-control behaviors. Trauma disconnects us from the deepest parts of ourselves. At The SAT Project, we seek to help people who are suffering find their way home.
Contact Information
Address: 333 West 57th St., Suite 102
New York, NY 10019


Michael Crocker - DSW, LCSW, MA

Michael Crocker - DSW, LCSW, MA He/Him Languages Spoken: English Services Offered: Individual, Couples, and Group Therapy MICHAEL'S WEBSITE EMAIL: I am a certified individual and group psychotherapist who works with individuals who struggle with behaviors that they feel have gotten out of control which can include sex, eating, substance use as well as gambling and other money-related difficulties. I believe that behaviors that feel out of control are related to feelings that are often unidentified and then turned into actions, often outside of our awareness. I believe that the affect of shame is highly related to many out-of-control behaviors. Shame can be conscious and/or unconscious. I help my clients to develop an awareness of their shame, as well as other feelings, in order for them to use the feeling states in the service of directing their actions consciously and purposefully.​Many feeling states that are turned into action are blends of feelings such as shame mixed with fear or shame mixed with anger. I help my clients to understand the complexity of these emotional states. I purposely collaborate with my clients to study their behaviors and decode what underlies these actions. In doing so, we are able to create the opportunity for choice and volition. This in turn enhances self-esteem and allows my clients to find for the first time or, in some cases, re-find their connection to creativity, play, and relational connectivity.
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Shaun Peknic

I have a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology with a focus on group processes and organizational behavior. In addition to producing all CEU programming for The SAT Project, I work with Michael to design cutting-edge workplace interventions for today’s ever-changing organization life.

I have 15+ years of experience directing theater for Broadway, National Tours, and International Productions, including work as associate director for the 8-time Tony Award-winning musical Once. My work on original plays and musicals centers stories that explore queer identity, family trauma, and the subconscious. I bring a deep knowledge of storytelling, collaboration, and communication into my work as an I/O Psychologist.

I also hold a BFA from New York University, and I’ve taught on the faculty of NYU and Kingsborough College.
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Kelly Moylan - LCSW

Kelly Moylan - LCSW She/Her Languages Spoken: English Services Offered: Individual, Couples, and Group Therapy KELLY'S WEBSITE EMAIL: I am a psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience treating adults, adolescents, couples and groups. I help clients address and resolve a broad range of issues including anxiety, depression, low self esteem, and relationship difficulties.​My primary area of specialization is treating codependency, which is a problem that is often overlooked or minimized despite the pain and confusion it causes in so many people’s lives. Codependency can manifest as a pattern of enmeshed or abusive relationships, preoccupation with the needs of others, anxiety and obsessive thinking. Partners of addicts or alcoholics and people raised in families affected by alcoholism or addiction often suffer from codependency. I have a BS in Psychology from Georgetown University and an MSW from New York University.
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Josh Wolf-Powers - MBA, LCSW

Josh Wolf-Powers - MBA, LCSW He/Him Languages Spoken: English Services Offered: Individual and Couples Therapy JOSH'S WEBSITE EMAIL: My office is a warm, weIcoming, safe place to explore career and relationship challenges, depression, anxiety, shame, compulsion, out-of-control behaviors and addiction, and trauma and abuse. I have worked in competitive and highly demanding professional environments, just like my patients. I’m interested in your experience of the world today and in the troubles you face. I listen deeply, closely, intently, with non-judgmental curiosity, and see our work together as a laboratory. If we are successful, together, we will confront your challenges and increase your sense of what’s possible in life. I have a BA from Columbia University, and an MSW from New York University. I am a licensed clinical social worker, and am an advanced candidate at the Psychoanalytic Training Institute of CFS. I have certifications in working with trauma and working with sex offenders, and I have significant experience in working with people whose sexual desires are problematic or criminal. I have been approved for referrals by the Association for Sexual Abuse Prevention, an organization serving people with pedophilia and hebephilia, and minor-attracted people (MAPs).
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Anastasia Sielski - LMSW

Anastasia Sielski - LMSW She/Her Languages Spoken: Spanish (lee abajo)/English Services Offered: Individual and Couples Therapy EMAIL: Hi there, I’m Anastasia. I draw on my experience growing up as a queer, Hispanic New Yorker to provide social justice-informed trauma therapy. My approach is anti-racist, centering you and your needs. I am also LGBTQ and kink/BDSM affirming. In our work together you'll have the emotional space to safely and creatively explore your authentic self as well as identify areas of growth. Everyone's journey to treatment is different. At first, it may feel uncomfortable and even challenging. But I believe our identities are sources of strength and we can all find the courage to change patterns that no longer serve us.​I have an MSW from Columbia University’s School of Social Work. My clinical lens is primarily psychodynamic. I also incorporate aspects of CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), and Motivational Interviewing depending on your needs. In addition to my eclectic therapeutic style, I’ll bring energy, curiosity, and humor to our relationship. I look forward to meeting you so we can get to work! ¡Hola! Soy Anastasia Sielski. Mi psicoterapia está centrada en el trauma y la justicia social y se basa en mis experiencias como queer, latina y neoyorquina. Con un enfoque antiracista, mi trabajo se centra en ti y tus necesidades. También apoyo a las comunidades LGBTQ y fetichistas/BDSM. Cuando trabajemos juntos, tendrás el espacio emocional para explorar en forma segura y creativa tu auténtico ‘yo’ y para identificar áreas de crecimiento personal. La terapia es diferente para cada persona. Al principio, puede ser incómodo e incluso difícil. Pero estoy convencida de que nuestras identidades nos fortalecen y que todos podemos encontrar el valor para cambiar aquellas conductas que ya no nos sirven. Tengo una maestría en trabajo social (MSW) de la Facultad de Trabajo Social de Columbia University. Mi perspectiva clínica es principalmente psicodinámica. Dependiendo de tus necesidades, puedo recurrir a otras modalidades terapéuticas, entre ellas las terapias cognitivo-conductual, la dialéctica conductual y la entrevista motivacional. Además de tener un estilo terapéutico ecléctico, espero que mi energía, curiosidad y humor aporten a nuestra relación terapéutica. ¡Espero conocerte pronto para que nos pongamos manos a la obra!

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Daniel Tehrani - LMSW

Daniel Tehrani - LMSW He/Him Languages Spoken: English/Understands Farsi Services Offered: Individual and Couples Therapy EMAIL: Affirming queer identity is an essential part of my practice as is social justice and liberation from oppressive systems. With a focus on mental health, trauma, and substance use within the LGBTQ community, I work primarily with queer, transgender, and gender non-conforming people of color. Our work together is focused on your needs and goals. Through my background as a writer, I understand the value of a supportive space to explore feelings. In our sessions, you'll find a safe environment for self-expression and personal reflection. From this foundation, insights emerge and growth takes place.​I have specialized experience working with gender, sexuality, anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse, and substance use with a focus on both identity and intimacy. My style with clients is warm, dynamic, and personable. I utilize an eclectic approach in treatment--drawing from attachment theory, internal family systems, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness. However, therapy is a collaboration making our relationship the most vital part of the work.​I have an MSW from Columbia University’s School of Social Work, as well as an MFA from Columbia University and a BFA from Emerson College.
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Ash Choi - LMSW

Ash Choi - LMSW They/Them Languages Spoken: Korean/English Services Offered: Individual and Couples Therapy EMAIL: Race, class, and gender are at the forefront in my work with survivors of complex trauma. I help queer and trans immigrant communities with mental health challenges related to their lived experiences of abuse and neglect, long-term grief, and intergenerational trauma. Sessions are a safe, nonjudgmental place for you to explore issues of sex and intimacy as well as emotional wounds experienced with partners and families. My clinical modalities are psychodynamic and experiential. A few of the ways we’ll work together to make sense of traumatic experiences are through body-based strategies, trauma narratives, and emotionally focused therapy.​My practice is also rooted in trans-affirmative care. I’m a queer, nonbinary therapist mainly providing support for trans and nonbinary clients coping with transphobia as well as navigating gender identity and a/sexuality exploration and development. I have a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MSW in advanced clinical practice from Columbia University. 이 사회를 살아가는 퀴어 및 트랜스 이민자 커뮤니티의 다양한 삶과 고민으로부터 구체적인 실천들을 함께 만들어 나가는 심리상담사 최예림입니다. 인종, 계급 및 성별에 대한 분석에 뿌리내린 상담을 우선시하며 학대와 방치, 세대간 트라우마, 젠더와 성정체성, 가족 및 파트너와의 애착 손상에 대한 경험을 중심으로 서비스를 제공합니다. 상담 과정은 경험적 및 역학적이고 세션은 성문제나 정서적 상처를 치료할 수 있는 안전한 환경에서 진행합니다. 트라우마에 대한 신체기반 심리치료와 내러티브 (또는 이야기 치료) 상담을 중심으로 트라우마 증상을 방지하고 해결합니다.​텍사스 주립 대학교 – 오스틴 (the University of Texas at Austin)에서 학사 학위를 컬럼비아 대학교 (Columbia University)에서 석사를 받았습니다. 현재 뉴욕 맨하탄에서 개인치료, 연인 혹은 부부치료로 내담자들을 만나고 있습니다. 상담 세션은 영어와 한국어로 제공됩니다.
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Ari Lewis, MAPP, MA, EdM, MHC-LP

He/Him Languages Spoken: English Services Offered: Individual and Couples/Throuples/etc Therapy EMAIL: When you walk into my office, I want you to feel safe. Maybe you’re navigating confusing sexual or relational issues. Perhaps, you’re polyamorous/open or mono in a poly relationship. Or, you might want to talk about something completely different. Whatever it is, I’m here to listen. I continually study and integrate new approaches into my work and view social justice as a central component in all therapy. Most prominently, I use relational therapy and positive psychotherapy. This means we pay particular attention to your strengths, your hopes, and your dreams. Together, we’ll harness what you know from your past and present relationships to help you heal and grow. Most importantly, I believe your relationships are a critical component in the process of change.​I have a Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from the University of Pennsylvania, where I focused my studies on positive sexuality. At Columbia University, I received a Master of Education in Mental Health Counseling and a Master of Arts in Psychological Counseling. I also received an additional post-graduate certificate from Columbia in LGBTQ+ and poly/open/CNM issues. Additionally, I have a primary certificate in REBT from the Albert Ellis Institute, and I am working toward certification as a sex therapist.
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