Chris Kraft PhD, Psychologist in Lutherville Timonium, Maryland, 21093

Chris Kraft

PhD

Chris Kraft

PhD

Professions: Clinical Psychologist, Sex Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

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Lutherville Timonium, Maryland 21093

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My Approach to Helping

'I just don't feel good about intimacy and sexuality' As a licensed clinical psychologist on faculty at the Johns Hopkins Medical Center, teaching future doctors about intimacy and sexuality and helping hundreds of individuals and couples heal and grow in their intimacy and sexuality in my private practice. Our culture does not prepare us for sexuality and relationships. We lack adequate education and are not encouraged to talk about our sexual selves. Many people end up conflicted and uncomfortable with their sexuality leading to negative self-esteem and an avoidance of talking about their sexual needs and discomforts with their partner or others close to them.
I see many people struggling to manage the technology we live with. People are spending many hours on devices focusing away from relationships and sometimes are pursuing sexual and erotic activities through the internet which can be in direct conflict with relationships and overall life productivity. I have seen people become 'addicted' or out of control with online activities and end up with significant consequences. Never before has it been easier to connect with people online to form intimate and sexual connections. I have seen increasing rates of casual sex and infidelity in relationships which can create significant pain and relationship distress.
I also see increasing challenges with sexual desire, interest, and functioning. Many people who work with me complain of a lack sexual intimacy and desire in their relationships. Arousal and orgasm can become more challenging. I see many men struggle with performance anxiety and have challenges getting and staying aroused during sexual intimacy. I have also worked with many women who find it difficult to stay sexually focused and aroused and some even struggle with physical discomfort during intercourse and can have challenges reaching orgasm. Some people need help dealing with medical and aging factors that interfere with intimacy and sexuality. I also see that some people have complex and unique sexual interests and arousals and can struggle to come to terms with stigmatized sexual interests like open relationships, same-sex attractions, fetishes, and other unique sexual interests.

More Info About My Practice

The way I help people the most is by providing a safe and comfortable place to open up about intimacy and sexuality concerns. I perform an initial in-depth psychological assessment/intake with each individual and couple I work with to identify if there are complicating factors to reaching their intimacy and sexuality goals. My assessment also focuses on areas such as mental health challenges like depression, anxiety, obsessions/compulsions, and other psychological challenges, which are identified and treated along with other life stressors related to careers, relationship, children, friends, and family. Many couples need relationship/marriage therapy to help improve communication to heal from past hurts and difficulties with trust and intimacy. In my 20-plus years of work experience in the area of relationships and sexuality, I have seen many individuals and couples develop a more comfortable and satisfying sexual and intimate relationships.

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Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Legal Documentation
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Psychiatric Consultation
  • Psychological Evaluation

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Collaborative Couple Therapy (CCT)
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Relationship Enhancement Therapy

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