Sex Addiction Therapy

Sexual addiction is defined as any sexually-related, compulsive behavior that interferes with normal living and causes severe stress on family, friends, loved ones, and one’s work environment.

No single behavior pattern defines sexual addiction. These behaviors can take control of addicts’ lives and become unmanageable.  Common behaviors include, but are not limited to compulsive masturbation, compulsive heterosexual and homosexual relationships, pornography, prostitution, exhibitionism, voyeurism, indecent phone calls, and anonymous sexual encounters. Even the healthiest forms of human sexual expression can turn into self-defeating behaviors.

Some signs of sexually-related, compulsive behaviors:

  • Experiencing severe consequences due to sexual behavior, and an inability to stop despite these adverse consequences
  • Persistent pursuit of self-destructive sexual behavior
  • Ongoing desire or effort to limit sexual behavior
  • Sexual obsession and fantasy as a primary coping strategy
  • Behaviors increase in intensity or risk
  • Severe mood changes related to sexual activity
  • Inordinate amounts of time spent obtaining sex, being sexual, and recovering from sexual experiences
  • Neglect of important social, occupational, or recreational activities due to sexual behavior

From http://www.sexhelp.com/sex-education/what-is-sex-addiction-faqs

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With Patrick Carnes and Lisa Finlay

If you are experiencing any of the above, you are not alone and there is help. I provide both individual and group therapy for those struggling with sex addiction and their partners. My approach is nonjudgmental, task-based and LGBT affirmative. I am a sex addiction therapist (CSAT) certified by the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) and trained by Patrick Carnes, Stefanie Carnes, Ken Adams, Alexandra Katehakis, Robert Weiss and many other esteemed clinicians.

If you are wondering if you really have a problem…

Take a free, anonymous, online assessment here:

http://www.sexhelp.com/am-i-a-sex-addict/sex-addiction-test#

For self-help groups, check out the Get Help pages at Sexhelp.com:

http://www.sexhelp.com/sex-addiction-help/organizations