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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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 New York, NY

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

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

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 am certified as a sex addiction therapist by IITAP (International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals) to treat individuals, couples and partners dealing with sex and pornography addiction, chronic infidelity, compulsive sexual behaviors, sexual anorexia and trauma. I am am member of SASH (Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health) and am currently developing a teen treatment program. I use a trauma-focused approach and am active in fighting the social stigmas of this disease.

— Michelle Holleman, Addictions Counselor in Charlotte, NC

I'm a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist helping men and women find healing and recovery for sexual compulsivity and intimate betrayal. I'm trained through IITAP and have specialized in sex and porn addiction since 2014. I'm also trained through APSATS as a Certified Clinical Partner Specialist Candidate and work with partners from the Multi-dimensional Partner Trauma Model. I am sex positive and believe that sexual compulsivity hinders healthy sexual expression. My goal is to help people connect authentically with themselves and their partner(s), both sexually and non-sexually. Sex addiction is not about sex. It's a compulsive way of dealing with life, in the same way many use substances, gambling, food, etc. I help people discover healthier ways to cope. Partners of sex addicts often experience symptoms of PTSD after discovering their partner's infidelity. I help partners find safety and navigate the path to healing from betrayal, whether they stay in the relationship or not.

— Heather Seguin, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Upland, 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

Sexual addiction is a highly controversial and debated topic in the field of sex therapy. What is not in dispute is that when sexual behavior feels out of control it can damage relationships, end marriages, diminish productivity, threaten employment, jeopardize health and well-being causing shame, depression and contribute to low self-esteem and even self hatred. Out of control sexual behavior is usually secretive. It can be manifested by excessive use of pornography, sexting with strangers.

— Peter Kanaris, Psychologist

This is a tough explanation to write, because I don't offer "sex addiction" treatment proper; however, there wasn't an option that was a better match. I do have a lot of knowledge about how to work with folx who feel that their sexual behavior is out-of-control or compulsive. I favor Braun-Harvey's model of helping clients work towards their definition of sexual health, which includes sexual behavior that aligns with their values. I advocate exploring the motivations underlying the behavior.

— Alena Kearney, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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 Nesfied, Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

I will help you understand why "sex addiction" is actually coined Out-of-Control Sexual Behavior (OCSB), help you take responsibility for your behaviors and choices, explore and reshape your values and moral compass, and integrate the six principles of sexual health into your life, all from a nonjudgmental stance. I do not believe that sexuality is a problem to be avoided or removed from one's life permanently. I will help you explore how you can have control over your choices.

— Helen Wyatt, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Chicago, IL

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

I am currently working toward full certification in Sex addiction (CSAT-candidate). Any type of sexual issues can be very damaging in every aspect of a person's life- work, interpersonal relationships, intimate relationships, financial, etc. I help Clients work toward healthy sexual behaviors.

— Jennifer Jolly, Counselor in Birmingham, AL

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 New York, NY

I am a Clinical Sexuality Coach and sex therapist. I specialize in the following: sexual performance anxiety, ejaculatory concerns, desire concerns, porn issues, out of control sexual behaviors, sexuality and gender identity.

— Anthony Dimitrion, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Ridgewood, NJ

I have extensive training working with men and women struggling with compulsive sexual behavior (Sex Addiction) or repeated unhealthy patterns around relationships (Love Addiction). This may show up in many forms, including porn, infidelity, prostitution or isolation.

— Jenn Kennedy, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Barbara, CA

Sexual addiction is a new and emerging field that requires a therapist with positivity, non-judgemental attitudes, and the ability to build trust with the you. Often, the best way to address sexual addiction is by re-orienting our thinking back towards healthy sexual behaviors - ones that are conducive to living a happy, healthy, life both with yourself and your partner(s).

— Joshua Nursall, Counselor in Chandler, AZ

I have specialized training from The Harvey Institute in treating out-of-control sexual behaviors. These behaviors may have negative effects on your relationships and your mental and physical health. Many people feel a sense of hopelessness in addressing these issues, but therapy can help in understanding the causes of these behaviors and developing modifications in how one navigates these challenges.

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

I specialize in many areas of addiction, including behavioral addictions such as sexual impulses. I work with both individuals and couples with sex-related issues. I have also worked with couples who have are in a non-monogamy relationship.

— Courtney Makdad-Light, Counselor in Las Vegas, NV

We believe that most compulsive and problematic sexual behavior is properly classified as an addiction. Bevill and Associates follow the addiction treatment model, which has been used since the late 1940s to successfully treat many types of addictions.

— Bevill and Associates LLC, Licensed Professional Counselor in Birmingham, AL

Sometimes the pleasure sex brings and our need for connection through sex can lead to out-of-control behaviors that threaten not just the individual with the problem, but their close relationships, family life, and work life. I work closely with my clients to develop a plan to control these behaviors and to understand where they come from. The combination of emotional working through, personal insight and behavioral strategy is the best way forward toward a healthier sexual life.

— Eric Larsen, Licensed Professional Counselor in MONTCLAIR, NJ

For some, participation in sexual activities is no longer about pleasure and it becomes more of a compulsion or addiction. The experience can become one of craving and impulsivity that leads to shame, rather than pleasure or joy. My experience working with sexual addiction and sexual compulsivity includes running intensive outpatient groups on problematic sexual behavior for many years, as well as working with individuals and couples to address compulsive sexual behavior.

— Natalie Finegood Goldberg, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in beverly hills, 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

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

I am a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist.

— Crystal Nesfied, Counselor in Phoenix, AZ