Meet the dedicated professionals at STAR who are committed to the identification, treatment, and recovery of problematic sexual behaviors and related disorders.


Cara Tripodi, MSS, LCSW

Cara is the owner of S.T.A.R. and graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1991 where she received her Masters in Social Science Degree. She has been treating sex addicts and their partners in both individual and group settings since 1991. Cara is an active member of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH). She is also a Level II trained EMDR therapist. Her previous experiences include serving as a medical social worker where she developed expertise in the area of traumatic and chronic illness and loss. Today, Cara maintains a private practice as well as educating the behavioral healthcare community through workshops and lectures. Ms. Tripodi has contributed to “Mending a Shattered Heart: A Guide for Partners of Sex Addicts” and recently co-authored with Claudia Black in “Intimate Treason: Healing the Trauma for Partners Confronting Sex Addiction”.

Jordan Lief, Psy. D., CSAT

Jordan is a licensed psychologist in the state of Pennsylvania. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Widener University in 2006. He has over 9 years of experience in the fields of sexual addiction, love addiction, and compulsive sexual behavior, and he is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist. He spent four years working at the Keystone Extended Care Unit, an inpatient facility that treats these issues primarily. Jordan has lectured on the graduate level on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of sexual addiction. At S.T.A.R., he is currently providing individual therapy, group therapy, and couples therapy.

Marie Wilson, Ph.D., LPC, CSAT-S, ATR-BC

Marie is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist & Supervisor and Board Certified Art Therapist with over 35 years in the behavioral health field. Marie began to specialize in sex addiction in 1997 at the Meadows where she received training and supervision from Dr. Patrick Carnes, the pioneer of the sexual addiction field. She later worked as a family therapist at Keystone ECU and has been with the STAR since 2000. Marie maintains a private practice in Allentown and is Professor Emerita in the School of Psychology & Counseling, Graduate Programs in Counseling at Caldwell University in New Jersey. She has published numerous articles on the use of the creative process with sex addicts and contributed chapters in the Clinical Management of Sexual Addiction (2002) and The International Handbook on Sexual Addiction (2018). She is a foundational member of the Advisory Board for the certification of sex addiction therapists and received her doctorate in Addiction Psychology at Capella University.

Lucien Thomsen, LCSW, CSAT-S, CSOTS

Lucien specializes in the assessment and treatment of adolescents and adults with sexual behavior problems, including sex addiction, sex offending and professional sexual misconduct. A certified Sex Addiction Therapist-Supervisor and a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Specialist, he conducts psychosexual evaluations and works collaboratively with treatment professionals, professional assistance programs, attorneys, and supervising authorities to effectively treat his clients. Lucien also treats individuals with chronic interpersonal problems and issues related to trauma. He is a clinical member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers; a member of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health; a member of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals; and a member of the National Association of Forensic Counselors. He regularly presents at conferences and trainings.

Mary Ellen Goetz, Psy.D., ATR-BC, CSAT

Mary Ellen Goetz is a licensed psychologist and board-certified masters level art therapist. Dr. Goetz specializes in the treatment of love and sex addiction. Her treatment of addictions includes drug, alcohol, and sex and love addiction. Dr. Goetz has experience in inpatient and outpatient treatment and practiced in varied clinical settings including Drexel University Hospital, Belmont Center, Renfrew, Keystone and S.T.A.R. Dr. Goetz treats adults with sex addiction and adolescents who come from families with addictions. Dr. Goetz uses art therapy to identify complex current and past family dynamics that often contribute to the addiction process and that otherwise remain repressed. Dr. Goetz supports children and adolescents from families with sex and love addiction in individual and group therapy. Dr. Goetz served on the faculty at Hahnemann University and Marywood College.


Saren Yoeum

Saren Yoeum joined S.TA.R. in 2008 as the office manager. She holds an associate degree in Applied Science from Lehigh Valley. She is currently overseeing all administrative work including insurance submittals, billing, information management, client scheduling and bookkeeping.