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.

Meet the specialists

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
 

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

My experience tells me that clients who have a sexual addiction often feel judged, shame and guilt. I have created an environment when you can be free to talk and not feel judged for your sexual or porn addiction. I use evidence based practices to help clients understand the root of their sexual addiction and change their current sexual behavior. There is hope for recovery and a health happy sex life.

— Rebecca Walush, Counselor in Aurora, CO
 

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

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
 

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

Supportive of those in early and sustained recovery from love, sex, & relational addictions. Strongly encourage attending SAA but not required.

— Tracy Carmody, Counselor in Baldwinsville, NY
 

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 have a long history of helping people who are dealing with sexual compulsivity. I help people analyze their own problems and identify different pathways to feeling like they have balance in their sex lives.

— Michael Salas, Counselor in Dallas, TX
 

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
 

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

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
 

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

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
 

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

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
 

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 Certified Sex Addiction Therapist.

— Crystal Nesfied, Counselor in Phoenix, AZ
 

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

Sexual addiction is not like other addictions. This highly specialized area of treatment incorporates in-depth understanding of sexual development coupled with various other personality and developmental issues. I am a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) through IITAP- the only sexual addiction certification board.

— Dr. Robin Barnett, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
 

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, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Tarzana, CA

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 New York, NY
 

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 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
 

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, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Tarzana, 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

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
 

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