About Dr. Whitcup

Dr. WhitcupI have been in Private Practice for 33 years treating individuals and couples with everyday problems. I work with depression, anxiety, grief, all kinds of relationships, marriage, divorce, etc. I specialize in troubles with intimacy, both sexual and emotional. I am challenged to make constructive sense out of the unexplainable. Sometimes there are crises that need attention, and sometimes the crises have passed but the pain and distress continue. My work with clients grabs onto these often puzzling experiences and turns them into useful, digestible new learning.

I am licensed in the state of Connecticut as a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy. I now hold Diplomate status in the National Association. I also completed a Master of Arts  in Corporate and Political Communications.

I was convinced even in the beginning that integrating the world of therapy with the realities of everyday work and business was an important combination.

I pursued Intimacy and Sexuality as a focus for my clinical work and did a two-year Fellowship in Human Sexuality with the fields’ pioneer, Helen Singer Kaplan, MD, at Cornell Hospital in New York City. I am a Diplomate of the American Association of Sex Educators Counselors and Therapists and the American College of Sexologists.

In 1987 I co-founded the Connecticut Council of Divorce and Family Mediators and added another dimension to my work.

As I practiced my craft I felt driven to explore the teachings of many of my field's leaders and attended intensive seminars and weekend courses. My love of learning and strengthening my skills continues today.

I received my PHD in 1992 from The Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality.  Soon after, I completed two levels of training in EMDR and subsequently two years at the Westchester Institute for the Study of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

I spent two years as Clinical Director of the" Northeast Center for Trauma Recovery" in Greenwich Connecticut. It was here that I became dedicated to treating  survivors of sexual abuse, so often suffering still in their current marriages and relationships.

I have given Keynote talks at professional  conferences and appeared on national TV and local cable shows.

I continue to write and was a regular columnist on Sexuality for “Woman Magazine” for 8 years. I am now blogging to express my opinion on current issues.

Over the years I have sat with many couples who have chosen to divorce and at the same time, remain attached in battle about the kids. The issues are clear to the parents, but each one’s view is opposed to the other’s. These unresolved issues can take down an entire family.

I was certified by the State of Ct. as a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) to intervene in these conflicts. I believe I have a unique method, which can create a win/win for everyone. And I believe the cycle of emotional family violence needs to stop.