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Counselor / Therapist in Newport Beach, CA

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Michael Smith, MFT, CST

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Sex Therapy & Addiction Counseling
If sexual difficulities, sex addiction, substance abuse or infidelity are creating problems in your life and relationships, let me help you - it's what I do!

I have focused my education, training and experience in just two areas: Sex Therapy and Addiction Treatment.

I provide treatment, education and solutions for individuals and couples struggling with a wide range of sexual problems, as well as most kinds of addictions and compulsive behaviors, including sex and porn addiction and infidelity.

Help with Sexual Issues:
I am a Board Certified Sex Therapist and can help you have the sex life you desire - help you change negative thoughts about sex - help you reverse fears and unwanted patterns that have led to poor or no sex, anxiety and physical dysfunction. Whatever your vision of a healthy, satisfying sex life, as a team we will determine the blocks to achieving this, and through a wide variety of techniques and interventions we will get your sex life functioning as you’d like it - for yourself, for your partner, for your relationship.

Help with Substance Abuse/Addiction Issues:
Dependence on and addiction to harmful substance and behaviors can affect all areas of your life. Addictions can destroy relationships, careers, health and families. If you are seeing or fearing consequences in your life it’s time to face up to it and seek help.

I have much experience and a proven track record of successfully helping people make the necessary changes to stop or reduce harmful behaviors and take back control of their lives.
Bio
Michael Smith, M.A., MFT, CST
Certified Sex Therapist, Addiction Specialist and Marriage & Family Therapist- License #: MFC 44608

I specialize in areas that many other therapist shy away from. I have had much success and have received great personal fulfillment helping people improve their sexual functioning, their relationships and overall sexual satisfaction, and also assisting them in stopping years of addictive, harmful and undesirable behaviors. I know that you can change, you just need someone to understand you and teach you how to make the necessary adjustments to begin your new life.


I am a licensed psychotherapist (#MFC 44608), an addiction specialist and am an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. I also am an adjunct faculty member in the graduate psychology program at Alliant University.

I am a graduate of UCLA, have held a secondary education teaching credential and have taught in college prep high schools, and a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology. I worked for several years for the Orange County Health Care Agency in Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services as an individual substance abuse counselor, a group facilitator, an intake coordinator, crisis counselor, and a member of the psychiatric evaluation team. At HCA I also worked with dual diagnosis clients who had depression, anxiety and other even more severe mental illnesses - I understand these problems and how they relate to substance abuse.

I have also worked for the State of California in the PC-1000 program doing psycho-educational and process work as a group facilitator for court mandated treatment for substance abusers.

I have extensive training, education and experience working with most types of addiction and compulsive behaviors, as well as a wide range of sexual and relationship problems. As an AASECT Board Certified Sex Therapist, I work with sexual addiction and other harmful sexual behaviors. Often, people combine addictions with sexually compulsive behavior - I understand and treat the connection between substance abuse and sexual matters. Substance abuse can contribute to, or result from, many sexual issues, including erectile dysfunction, inhibited or early ejaculation, low or very high arousal, female orgasm difficulties, shame issues, and unresolved childhood or adult sexual abuse and sexual assault issues, infidelity and general relationship problems.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Gender Identity / Transgenderism
 Addiction / Drug Rehab  Marriage & Family Therapy
 Anger Management  Marriage Counseling
 Caregiver Issues  Men's Issues
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Premarital Counseling
 Couples Therapy  Relationship Issues
 Divorce  Sexual Dysfunction
 Gay or Lesbian Issues  Women's Issues
Certifications
 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Education/Training
Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology, National University
Teaching Credential, California State University at Fullerton
Bachelor of Arts, UCLA
AASECT Certified Sex Therapist
Adjunct Faculty Member in Graduate Program of Psychology at Alliant University
Memberships
California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists
Member of Orange County Chapter of CAMFT
American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists (AASECT)
Payments Accepted
Cash, check, credit cards. I can supply diagnostic receipts for you to submit to your insurance company.
Hours:Call for an appointment, flexible schedule
License:California, MFC 44608
Location
1601 Dove Street, Suite 230
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