Constance Avery-Clark, Ph.D.
BOCA RATON, FL
Constance Avery-Clark, Ph.D.
I received my first Ph.D., this one in Clinical Psychology, from the University of Southern California in 1980. I am a Licensed Psychologist in Florida, a member of the American Psychological Association, a Diplomate of Sex Therapy through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists, a certified Diplomate of the American Board of Sexology, and I have served as President of the South Florida Society for Trauma-Based Disorders. I am currently Vice-President and Program Chair of the Center for Jungian Studies of South Florida.
I served as Clinical and Research Associate at Masters & Johnson Institute in St. Louis for five years, assessing and treating sexual dysfunctions and disorders, intimacy and relationship distresses, and sexual and physical victimization. I currently specialize in sexual and relationship problems as well as depressive, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, impulse control and self-identity disorders. I have published, lectured, and spoken nationally on radio and television, on matters of intimacy, sexuality, women and stress, and the problems of dual-career couples, including an appearance on the Today Show. I am currently in private practice in Boca Raton, Florida.
In August 2014, I completed a second Ph.D., this one in the Psychology of Jungian Studies, from Saybrook University, San Francisco, and the Jung Center of Houston. Noted Jungian analyst and author, James Hollis, Ph.D., served as my dissertation chair. In my practice and publications, I am increasingly focusing on working from depth-oriented and Jungian perspectives with people in their middle and later years who are confronting sexual, relationship, self-identity, and meaning-of-life concerns.
AASECT Certified Diplomate in Sex Therapy
APA and AASECT Certified CE Provider
Ph.D., Psychology – Jungian Studies, Saybrook University (2014)
Masters & Johnson Institute: Six month training program in sex and relationship therapy (1983)
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Southern California (1980)
B.A., Connecticut College, Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, Psychology (with honors) & History Majors (1975)
Licenses & Certifications
Certified Continuing Education Provider, American Psychological Association (APA)
Diplomate in Sex Therapy, American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).
Certified Continuing Education Provider, AASECT
Diplomate in Sexology, American Board of Sexology
More than 30 years experience specializing in individuals’ and couples’ intimacy and relationship concerns
Ten years experience specializing in individuals’ in-depth, psychodynamic issues pertaining to self-identity and meaning
Trained and employed for five years at the world-renowned Masters & Johnson Institute
Studied under pre-eminent Jungian analyst James Hollis, Ph.D.
Active, successful private clinical practice focusing on individual and couples short term and in-depth psychological issues
Presenter at professional workshops and conferences
American Psychological Association (APA) – Member & Continuing Education Provider
Center for Jungian Studies of South Florida, Member, Vice-President and Program Committee Chair (CJSSF)
American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (ASSECT) – Member, Certified Diplomate in Sex Therapy, and Continuing Education Provider
Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR) – Member
American Board of Sexology – Diplomate in Sex Therapy
International Society For The Study Of Women’s Sexual Health – Member (ISSWSH)
South Florida Society for Trauma-Based Disorders (SFSTBD) — Board Member, 1999 through 2008; President-2001
World Association of Sexual Health (WAS) – Member
- Avery-Clark, C., & Weiner, L. (2017). Traditional Masters and Johnson behavioral approaches to sex therapy. In Z. Peterson (Ed.), The Wiley handbook of sex therapy, pp. 165-189. New York, NY: Wiley-Blackwell.
- Weiner, L., & Avery-Clark, C. (2017). Sensate Focus in Sex Therapy: The Illustrated Manual. New York, NY: Routledge. Purchase Online
- Linschoten, M., Weiner, L., & Avery-Clark, C. (2016). Sensate Focus: A critical literature review. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 31(2), 230-247. View PDF
- Avery-Clark, C. (2014). Yearning: A Jungian perspective on creativity (Doctoral dissertation, Saybrook University). ProQuest Publication # 3635005. View Online
- Weiner, L., & Avery-Clark, C. (2014). Sensate Focus: Clarifying the Masters and Johnson’s model. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 29(3), 307-319. View PDF
- Weiner, L., Cannon, N., & Avery-Clark, C. (2014). Reclaiming the lost art of Sensate Focus: A clinician’s guide. Family Therapy Magazine, 13(5), 46-48. View PDF
- Avery-Clark, C. (1986). Sexual dysfunction and disorder patterns of husbands of working and non-working women. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 12, 282-296. View PDF
- Avery-Clark, C. (1986). Sexual dysfunction and disorder patterns of working and non-working wives. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 12, 93-107. View PDF
- Avery-Clark, C. (1985). Career women less interested in sex? Marriage and Divorce Today, 11, 1.
- Avery-Clark, C. (1985). Career women most likely to suffer from inhibited sexual desire. Behavior Today, 16, 4-6. View PDF
- Avery-Clark, C. (1985). Career women likely to experience inhibited sexual desire. Sexuality Today, 8, 1-3.
- Avery-Clark, C. A. & Laws, D. R. (1984). Differential erection response patterns of sexual child abusers to stimuli describing activities of children. Behavior Therapy, 15, 71-83. View PDF
- Avery-Clark, C. A. (1983). Special programmatic needs for sexual offenders. Corrections Today, October, 68-71.
- Avery-Clark, C. A. (Winter 1982-1983). New treatment for sexual offenders. Connecticut College Alumni Magazine. New London, CT, 16-19.
- Avery-Clark, C. (1982). Sexual offender treatment programs in corrections: An alternative. Treatment of Sexual Aggressives Newsletter, 5, 1.
- Avery-Clark, C. A., Laws, D. R., & O’Neil, Joyce A. (1980). A comparison of the sources of intrafamilial sexual and physical child abuse. In K. Howells & M. Cook (Eds.), Adult sexual interest in children. London: Academic Press, 3-39.
- Auteri, S. (2014, May). Feature Article with Linda Weiner, MSW, & Constance Avery-Clark, Ph.D.: The history of Sensate Focus, and how we self-educate when it comes to evolving therapeutic techniques. Contemporary Sexuality Newsletter. View PDF
- Avery-Clark, C. A., & Weiner, L. (2014). Colleague’s Corner – Professional News from SSTAR Members. Sensate Focus: Clarifying the Masters and Johnson Model. View PDF
In August 2014, I completed a second Ph.D., this one in the Psychology of Jungian Studies, from Saybrook University in San Francisco, and the Jung Center in Houston. Noted Jungian analyst and author, James Hollis, Ph.D., served as my dissertation chair.
In my practice and publications, I am increasingly focusing on working from a depth-oriented, longer term psychological perspective with people in their middle and later years who are experiencing sexual, relationship, and self-identity concerns. This means I help clients when they wish to examine ways to manage their immediate symptoms in their present life. But it also means that I help clients when they want to explore the meaning of these symptoms, their origins, and what they might suggest for directions to take in life in the longer-term. Depth psychology in general, and Jungian psychology in particular, emphasizes the larger purpose of one’s life, one’s feelings and subjective experiences, and the importance of listening to that quiet, inner voice that usually knows exactly what a person needs to do.
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