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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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 San Marcos, TX
 

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 worked extensively with betrayed partners after discovery of infidelity and compulsive sexual behaviors. I have completed the 4 day Multidimensional Partner Trauma Model Training from APSATS. I have experience working individually, facilitating weekly psychotherapy groups & lecturing for intensives. More than 70% of betrayed partners experience PTSD like symptoms after discovery. Get the help you need to move beyond the trauma, learn to set boundaries, and explore relationship repair.

— Mackenzie Sodestrom, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, 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, Marriage & Family Therapist in Kingsport, TN
 

Sexual addiction, also often referred to as hypersexuality, sexual dependency and compulsive sexual behavior disorder, is a condition that involves the sufferer becoming excessively preoccupied with thoughts or behaviors that give a desired sexual effect. I work with both the addict and the partner of addiction.

— Amy Goldstein, Counselor in Creve Coeur, MO

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
 

I am certified in sexual addiction treatment (SATP) and train other therapists to do this work. I am the author of Life After Lust: Stories & Strategies for Sex & Pornography Addiction Recovery, which has helped thousands of people in their recovery. I have led over 1,500 group sessions over the last several years. I teach, speak, and write on the topic of sexual addiction. I am also in recovery from sexual addiction.

— Forest Benedict, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

I have worked extensively with betrayed partners after discovery of infidelity and compulsive sexual behaviors. I have completed the 4 day Multidimesonal Partner Trauma Model Training from APSATS. I have experience working individually, facilitating weekly psychotherapy groups & lecturing for intensives. More than 70% of betrayed partners experience PTSD like symptoms after discovery. Get the help you need to move beyond the trauma, learn to set boundaries, and explore relationship repair.

— Mackenzie Sodestrom, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
 

The WIHL offers a program specifically designed to alleviate the suffering caused by porn/arousal addiction. A change in habits and thought patterns will facilitate the ability to sustain a real intimate relationship without comparisons traps and detachment; all to common side effects of excessive pornography use and sex addiction.

— Rachael Rainey, Sex Therapist in Sparks, NV

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
 

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 Associate in Scottsdale, AZ

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
 

Behavioral: Excessive porn use Frequent masturbation Making explicit or obscene phone calls to others Extramarital affairs Regular use of escorts or prostitutes Frequent attendance to strip clubs Engaging in cybersex or phone sex Purchasing and hiding sexually explicit content from family and friends Displaying sexually offensive behaviors to others / engaging in sexual harassment Partaking in risky sexual behaviors Having anonymous sex with others Cognitive: Preoccupation with thoughts that are sexual in nature Obsession with sexual activity Inept decision-making Poor impulse control Euphoria when anticipating or engaging in sexual activity Psychosocial: Feelings of guilt or shame following sexual encounters Depressed mood Mood swings

— Kelifern Pomeranz, Clinical Psychologist in Menlo Park, CA