Individual, Group and Couples Therapy for Sexual Addiction Issues
The mission of The Growth and Recovery Center is to identify and alleviate psychological conflicts and emotional pain, especially those associated with addictions, primarily sex and love addictions. Our staff include Dr. Eric Griffin-Shelley, Mike Cipressi, LCSW, Nancy Willis, LSW, Dr. Mary Deitch, Trevor Baylor, LSW, and Art Miron, LCSW. The Growth and Recovery Center was incorporated in June of 2009 with its first location in a historic 1812 stone home at 452 Germantown Pike in Lafayette Hill, Whitemarsh Township, PA. Another office IS available on Thursday with Dr. Griffin-Shelley is at 6201 Hamilton Blvd., The George Building, Suite 107, Allentown, PA 81806. Dr. Mary Deitch opened our third office in 2016 at 1112 McDade Blvd. in Woodlyn, PA 19094. In addition to therapy, The Growth and Recovery Center rents space to the Lafayette Hill Clubhouse of Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (S.L.A.A.) most evenings and over the weekend. A S-ANON meeting is available on Thursday evenings and a Recovery Couples Anonymous meeting is here the second and fourth Fridays of each month.
Dr. Griffin-Shelley is a Pennsylvania licensed psychologist. A graduate of Hobart College, he received his M.S.S. from Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research in 1974. He earned a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982. Dr. Griffin-Shelley wrote Sex and Love: Addiction Treatment and Recovery (1991) and Adolescent Sex and Love Addicts (1994), and edited Out-patient Treatment of Sex and LoveAddiction (1993). Currently, Dr. Griffin-Shelley is in private practice in Lafayette Hill and in Allentown. In addition to individual psychotherapy, he supervises an intensive outpatient psychotherapy program for sexual addicts.
Mike Cipressi is a License Clinical Social Worker, Certified Employee Assistance professional and Substance Abuse Professional with over twenty years of EAP experience. Mike has worked and held leadership positions for the Musicians’ Assistance Program in New York City, Amtrak EAP and Ceridian Life Work service. He was a two time recipient of Ceridian’s President’s Circle award (2005, 2006), Caron Foundation Human Service/EAP Community Service Award winner (2007) and the Greater Philadelphia EAP of year Award winner (2005). Mike is a board member of the Employee Assistance Professional Association. He currently serves as District I director and is a member of the finance committee. He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Mike has presented national conferences and has been a guest lecturer at local universities. He holds a BS in Sociology from St. Joseph’s University and MS in Social Work from Columbia University. Mike currently works as an independent EAP contractor and The Growth and Recovery Center in Lafayette Hill, PA. His EAP work includes assessment and short term counseling, critical incident response services, workplace trainings, substance abuse assessments and workplace consultation services. In his private counseling practice he specializes in couples work, addictions and various life transitional issues.
Mary Deitch, JD, Psy.D, has over a decade of experience working with problematic sexual behaviors and impaired physicians. She is the former director of the Keystone Center Extended Care Unit, an internationally recognized facility for the treatment of sexual compulsivity, addiction and trauma. She has treated over a thousand patients and conducted hundreds of assessments for sexual offending, disruptive physicians, boundary violations and cognitive and personality functioning. Dr. Deitch has presented nationally and internationally on assessing and treating sexual addiction, vicarious trauma, sexual offending, child pornography use and assessment of physicians. Dr. Deitch is both a licensed psychologist and attorney in the state of Pennsylvania and a graduate from Widener University. Currently, besides private practice, she is the President of the Board for the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health and recently co-chaired the National Conference.
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