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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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
 

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 have specialized training from The Harvey Institute in treating out-of-control sexual behaviors. Oftentimes, when one's sexual activities are "out-of-control", and they may engage in behaviors that are detrimental to their relationships, mental health, of physical health, there is a sense of helplessness that these behaviors can be changed. But there is help and hope to address these issues.

— Samuel "Shy" Krug, Psychologist in New York, NY
 

Sexual Addiction or Problematic Sexual Behavior arise in people who have difficulty regulating their emotional states, have difficulty with intimate relationships, and often who have histories of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse. As such, it is a symptom and it harms people. Recovery requires determination, honesty, hard work, and self-compassion. Sufferers need to develop skill regulating their feelings and relating to others. And they also deserve kindness and compassion and love.

— Michael Johnson, Psychologist in AUSTIN, TX, TX

My mission is to provide affordable and confidential support for men and women seeking to better understand or overcome their sexual or porn addiction or unhealthy sexual behavior.

— Leilani Sinclair, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Tarzana, 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

My mission is to provide affordable and confidential support for men and women seeking to better understand or overcome their sexual or porn addiction or unhealthy sexual behavior.

— Leilani Sinclair, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Tarzana, CA
 

One of my main "niches" as a therapist is working with men who struggle with sex and pornography addictions. It's an area of life that brings with it a lot of shame and embarrassment. It is very often one of the underlying problems that leads to infidelity and just damages relationships. It is something that can be healed and relationships repaired when people can be brutally honest with themselves. When treated with kindness and compassion, people can overcome these problems.

— Gordon Brewer, Counselor in Kingsport, TN

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 am an Associate Sex Addiction Therapist (ASAT), I had a the privilege to learn from world renowned therapists in the field and I am passionate about utilizing that knowledge to assist people who struggle with intimacy disorders. Sexual addiction and love addiction are intimacy disorders. If you struggle with compulsive or impulsive behaviors around sex, pornography, or relationships , I will work with you to get to the root of the problem.

— Kristine Sandt, Counselor in Glendale, AZ