Sex & Love Addiction Treatment

A large majority of this practice is aimed at helping individuals, partners, and couples recover from the self-sabotaging effects of sex and love addiction.  Addiction involves a pathological relationship to a mood-altering substance or behavior. Sexual addiction is defined as any sexually-related, compulsive behavior which interferes with normal living and causes severe stress on family, friends, loved ones, and one’s environment. 

Addiction creates feelings of hopelessness, depression, and anxiety; it impacts our ability to express ourselves in a healthy way and makes it difficult to regulate our emotions. As a result, our problem-solving capabilities are impaired. We begin to shut down and we lose our ability to connect with others. Sex addiction is really not about sex. It is a feelings disorder, a heart disorder, an intimacy disorder, an attachment disorder, and a courtship disorder. 

The brain loves patterns and natural habits. Unfortunately, it will store and repeat any behavior that it’s taught. Your brain can easily be wired the wrong way. Over the past 15 years, we have learned how to rewire your brain by examining your current negative habits, thought patterns and emotions. Once understood, we will give you the tools needed to replace bad habits with healthy ones.

I have received specialized training under, Dr. Patrick Carnes, a leading expert in the field of sex addiction, and utilize his task model approach to treatment.  The task model approach is designed to break through the compartmentalization of addiction and identify specific therapeutic goals that, if accomplished, will help clients to establish and maintain sobriety from self-sabotaging behaviors.  This  model is incorporated with Cognitive Neural Restructuring Therapy (CNRT), a technique drawn from cognitive therapy that can help people identify, challenge, and alter stress-inducing thought patterns and beliefs, as a means of helping clients achieve success and recovery. In addition, I utilize the work of Pia Melody when working with childhood trauma and love addicted relationships.

Conditions we Treat

  • Pornography addiction

  • Cybersex

  • Fantasy sex

  • Paying for sex

  • Trading sex

  • Networking for anonymous sex

  • Multiple Affairs

  • Compulsive masturbation

  • Love & relationship addiction

  • Maintaining multiple relationships at the same time

  • Consistent Pattern of unhealthy relationships

  • Difficulty leaving unhealthy relationships

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy [CBT]

  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing [EMDR]

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy [DBT]

  • Internal Family Systems [IFS]

  • Cognitive Neural Restructuring Therapy (CNRT)

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Mindfulness

  • Marital/Couples Thearpy

  • Group Therapy

  • 12 step Study

Therapies Commonly Used in a Client's Individualized Treatment Plan

Resources