Sexual Addiction

Sex is a normal part of life and does not present a problem for most people. However, it can become an issue for some. Sexual addiction, or sex addiction, is characterized as a state of compulsive participation or engagement in sexual activity, particularly sexual intercourse, despite negative consequences. Individuals with a sex addition act out sexually in ways they feel they cannot control, and which may be detrimental to their health and relationships. Sex addiction typically progresses over time, with compulsive sexual thoughts and acts becoming more extreme as it advances. A sexual addiction can manifest in a number of ways. It might be limited to compulsive masturbation or the excessive viewing of pornography, or it may include such extreme behaviors as exhibitionism or rape. If you think you might be experiencing a sexual addiction, reach out to one of TherapyDen’s experts today.

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As a member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapist, I must point out that in the field of sex therapy is the shift from "Sex Addiction," rather than "Out-of-Control Sexual Behaviors." I subscribe to AASECT's version as it more compassionate view towards the client and more in line with contemporary clinical thinking. I use protocol developed by Douglas Braun-Harvey and Michael Vigorito which involved the creation of a sexual health plan.

— Jessica Morillo, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

As a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, I work with addicts to help them address their compulsive and problematic sexual behaviors, repair relationships, and recapture their authenticity and integrity. I work as well with the partners of sex addicts to help them address betrayal trauma. I provide individual, couples, and group therapy for these issues.

— Rick Isenberg, Licensed Professional Counselor in Scottsdale, AZ
 

If you don't find the sexual addiction model effective -- or have not had success with 12-step programs -- I can help you explore the feelings and core beliefs driving your out-of-control sexual behavior, and help you develop strategies to continue gaining fulfillment from your sexual behaviors (provided they are not harmful) without the compulsivity.

— Jeffrey Kishner, Mental Health Counselor in , NY

I am a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist through the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals. The focus of my clinical practice is on working with women navigating challenges related to sex, love, and/or relationship addictions.

— Aly Dearborn, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

Problematic sexual behaviors (also known as "sex addiction" in our culture) is identified by Doug Bruan-Harvey, and which is the mindset I come from in my work, to be “a sexual health problem in which an individual’s consensual sexual urges, thoughts, and behaviors feel out of control [to them]” (p. 10), as opposed to as a mental illness (as in the Sex Addiction, SAA or 12-step, model). Helping my clients define, and work toward, their own version of sexual health is my goal.

— Jessica VerBout, Marriage & Family Therapist in Minnetonka, MN

For several decades now I the cognitive model to point out the misperceptions of, or erroneous thoughts about, situations, people, and life events, that influence their emotional and more importantly behavioral responses. I skillfully identify and correct these behavior creating distorted beliefs, I influence the clients processing of information, and give new corrected views of distorted thoughts. James Foley LCSW 60 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10165 718-208-6135 www.sexuallycompulsive.com

— "Sex Addiction", Sexual Misbehavior Absolute Expert James Foley, Psychotherapist in New York, New York, NY
 

I am a certified sexual addiction therapist and trained with the association of partners of sex addicts trauma specialists.

— Barbara Christian, Marriage & Family Therapist in Long Beach, CA

We have helped many individuals survive the consequences of sex addiction. We know that with hard work and a commitment many find peace from the noise and pain that sex addiction creates. At Novus, our expert therapists believe everyone can overcome sex addiction. We have seen it happen. At Novus, we see sex addiction as the compulsive use of sex to deal with painful feelings and moods. The behavior leaves the person feeling guilty and shameful. It creates more problems in the person’s life. To deal with these problems and the emotional pain the person turns back to sex to find some escape. The sex addiction cycle continues. Even the loss of their marriage, relationship or job does not mean they will stop. They look to sex as the solution. Like the drug addict who knows the drug will end his pain, so does the sex addict. The problems of sex addiction are real and painful. Often, the person using compulsive sex gains little long-term satisfaction from the behavior. They feel lonely, depressed and out of control, which in turn leads them back to the addictive sex to “feel better.”

— Duane Osterlind, LMFT, CSAT, Marriage & Family Therapist in Long Beach, CA
 

I am a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist.

— Crystal Nesfield, Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

If you don't find the sexual addiction model effective -- or have not had success with 12-step programs -- I can help you explore the feelings and core beliefs driving your out-of-control sexual behavior, and help you develop strategies to continue gaining fulfillment from your sexual behaviors (provided they are not harmful) without the compulsivity.

— Jeffrey Kishner, Mental Health Counselor in , NY
 

Expert evidence based research oriented treating of “Sex Addiction”, Serial Affairs-Infidelity-Cheating, Child Porn, Prostitution use, Cam Girls, Hook-Up Apps, Strip Clubs, Massage Parlors, Compulsivity, Professional Sexual Misconduct, Sex Offenses, as a Certified sexual misbehavior professional, and I want to help you correct your thinking and behaviors

— Sexual Misbehavior Absolute Expert James Foley, Psychotherapist in Brooklyn, NY

I am a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and have worked in the field of sex addiction for several years. I have experience working in inpatient and outpatient settings specifically focused on sexual addiction.

— Crystal Nesfield, Counselor in Phoenix, AZ
 

I lead groups, workshops and offer consultation on sexual addiction. I have worked with those suffering from sexual addiction for over ten years.

— D.J. Burr, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

I help people struggling with out-of-control sexual behavior. For some, abstinence or having "bottom-line" behaviors (in line with 12 step groups) works for them. For others, the addiction model is not helpful, and I work with them to explore the feelings and core beliefs that are driving their behaviors, and to develop strategies to be able to have satisfying and non-compulsive sexual relationships with themselves and others.

— Jeffrey Kishner, Mental Health Counselor in , NY
 

I am a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist. I have extensive training with the international institute of trauma and addiction professionals, found by Dr. Patrick Carnes and other leaders in the field of sex addiction. Sex and Porn addiction treatment needs specialized care. If you are looking for help in this area of your life, I can help. I have over a decade of experience working with individuals like you who want to overcome sex and porn addiction.

— Earl Klebe, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach, CA

As a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, I work with addicts to help them address their compulsive and problematic sexual behaviors, repair relationships, and recapture their authenticity and integrity. I work as well with the partners of sex addicts to help them address betrayal trauma. I provide individual, couples, and group therapy for these issues.

— Rick Isenberg, Licensed Professional Counselor in Scottsdale, AZ
 

Our culture's approach to sexuality is characterized by the dichotomy of sexual obsession and sexual shame. My approach to sexual addiction focuses on underlying driving factors of the behavior. Typically this includes things like attachment and intimacy difficulty, a deep sense of unworthiness or unlovability, and trauma.

— Brad Schlosser, Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern in St. Petersburg, FL

Sexual addiction can be quite difficult to manage and most times people wait way too long to get the help they need. In treating sexual addiction, I take an attachment based perspective where we will explore unmet meets and help you understand the function of the behavior. Give me a call and we can chat more about what you are struggling with and how I can help.

— Michael Stokes, Mental Health Counselor in Newport, RI