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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Out of control sexual behaviors (also known as "sex addiction" in our culture) is identified by Dough 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

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
 

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

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

I help men who struggle with pornography and sex addiction, repeated infidelity, and compulsive spending on their hyper sexuality. You aren’t alone and there is hope for a complete recovery. Our work together starts with a comprehensive assessment, and I set straight to work helping you. I am a C-SAT Candidate trained through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) and trained in EMDR therapy. Addictive substances, interactions, and images impact the brain and

— Rebecca Ray, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Houston, TX
 

Out of control sexual behavior (OCSB) is a sexual health problem in which an individual's urges, thoughts, or behaviors 'feel' out of control. The OCSB pathway model offers an innovative approach that goes beyond conventional sex addiction treatments. The model is about embodying your vision of sexual health rather than merely abstaining from problem behaviors. I assess for OCSB, offer tools for mindful sex, and help you align your sexuality with your personal values.

— Hans Reihling, PhD, LMFT, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in SAN DIEGO, CA

Many of my clients struggle with porn use, mismatched desire or low desire. I take a non-pathologizing approach to sexual issues and pride myself on being sex positive. Educating people on sex topics and using techniques to adjust behaviors and perspectives allows them to be freed from what is holding them back in order to have better sexual experiences.

— Corrin Voeller, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in St. Louis Park, MN
 

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

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
 

Out of control sexual behavior (OCSB) is a sexual health problem in which an individual's urges, thoughts, or behaviors 'feel' out of control. The OCSB pathway model offers an innovative approach that goes beyond conventional sex addiction treatments. The model is about embodying your vision of sexual health rather than merely abstaining from problem behaviors. I assess for OCSB, offer tools for mindful sex, and help you align your sexuality with your personal values.

— Hans Reihling, PhD, LMFT, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in SAN DIEGO, CA

I identify as a person in long-term recovery from sexual addiction. I have received training and certification as a Specialist in Problematic Sexual Behavior(S-PSB). I lead groups, workshops, and offer consultation on sexual addiction. I have worked with those suffering from sexual addiction for over seven years.

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

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 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 currently a Certified Sex addiction Therapist, Candidate through the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals, with a projected completion date of Spring 2022. The focus of my clinical practice is on working with females who are navigating challenges related to sex, love, and/or relationship addictions due to having a less-than-nurturing relationship with the Self.

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

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
 

Sexual addiction can be very challenging to overcome, because sexuality is such a natural part of who we are. When we can heal the shame associated with sexuality, it becomes easier to move on from unhealthy behaviors.

— Paley Burlin, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Seattle, WA