Are You Suffering Because Of An Uncontrollable Sexual Addiction Or Sexual Compulsion?
Has your addiction to sex been discovered by your partner or wife? Has your boss found pornography on your computer, leading to trouble in your professional life? Maybe you don’t see your relationship to sex as a problem, but your spouse is pressuring you to seek treatment. Or perhaps you have noticed a decline in your work or school performance and realize that your sexual addiction is impacting you outside of the home as well as within your personal life. Are you trying to find an effective solution you can start working on today? Do you wish you could address and take control of your addiction before it does permanent damage to your relationship or career?
In many cases, sex addiction is a way to escape ongoing stress related to relationships, work or finances. You may wish you could get your addiction under control, but don’t know where to turn for help. Maybe you have tried to manage your challenges on your own or with the help of a 12-step program, but you didn’t find the support you needed or your improvements only lasted a short time. Do you wish you could find a way to work through and resolve the pain that is contributing to your addiction?
Countless Individuals Struggle With Compulsive Or Addictive Sexual Behavior
Sexual addiction is one of the few addictions where we still blame the person for his or her suffering. People often jokingly say things like, “If I had to have an addiction, that’s the one I’d want.” But such insensitive statements minimalize or dismiss the pain and hardship that comes with uncontrollable sexual compulsions.
Compulsive, uncontrollable sexual behavior can have a variety of natural causes, and countless individuals struggle with it every year. Many addicts come from difficult childhoods or family systems. Perhaps the rules were too strict and rigid in your family, which made it difficult for you to learn how to make healthy choices for yourself. Or your parents may have been disengaged, leaving you unsure how to form healthy relationships.
If you have tried to overcome your addictive or compulsive behavior on your own without success, you may be in need of a knowledgeable and compassionate support system. With help, support and a commitment to your recovery, you can learn to understand and take control of your addiction.
Psychotherapy for Healing & Recovery
You Can Learn To Manage Your Sexual Addiction
Sexual addiction is one of the most difficult addictions to quit because, unlike alcohol or drugs, you can’t completely cut out sex from your life. A sexual connection is a natural and important part of a loving, intimate relationship. However, while recovery can be difficult, it is very possible.
I understand the challenges you’re facing, and I can help you learn how to address and overcome the difficulties that arise with managing a sex addition. Trained by Dr. Patrick Carnes of the International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals (IITAP), I am not just a therapist who also treats sexual addiction. I am an experienced, Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist. And I can help you take control of your addiction.
Learning how to take control back is the very first thing we will work on. Whether your addiction has impacted your professional life, created tension or distance in your relationship or led to harmful behaviors you want to take control of, change is possible. I use a tailored, task-centered approach to help you achieve your goals and recognize your progress. Completing these tasks can have a dramatic impact on your ability to control your sexual compulsion. In a study conducted by Dr. Carnes and his team, 97 percent of the individuals who completed these tasks were successful in their recovery. With time, you can learn to limit the damage, establish sobriety, find support and understand the nature of your addiction.
While your addiction has likely created or contributed to problems in your personal and/or professional life, it is only a symptom of a larger problem. Once you can control your compulsions and put a support system in place, we can move on to addressing the root cause feeding your sexual addiction. While this can be a rewarding experience, dealing with resentment, anger, pain and loss can also be extremely painful. Fortunately, by this point in our work together, you will have a variety of effective skills and techniques to help you control any unhealthy urges that may arise.
In our sessions, I use a cognitive behavioral approach to help you become aware of negative patterns of thought and behavior. Using this approach, I can help you build on your strengths rather than constantly continuing to fight to overcome areas of weakness. By understanding your current support system and completing a variety of comprehensive tests, we can be sure we are addressing all of the components we need to help you achieve your sexual addiction treatment goals. In some cases, I may refer you to a 12-step program if I feel it would benefit you in your recovery.
I have been helping individuals learn to manage and move past their addictive and compulsive sexual behavior for over 15 years. I know from experience that if you are committed to your treatment – not just going through the motions – your life can and will become better. With help, support and the right treatment approach, you can take control of your addiction and create the life you want.
You Can Take Control Of Your Life
If you are ready to commit to managing and overcoming your sexual addiction or if you have additional questions or concerns, I invite you to call my office at 216 256-3326 to schedule a free, 15-minute phone consultation.
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I am a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Supervisor (CSAT-S) and a clinical social worker specializing in helping you overcome the hold that sexual addiction has on you. I received my formal education from Case Western Reserve University - Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. I am licensed by the State of Ohio as an independent social worker.