The term sex addiction can be and often is misunderstood as it is not necessarily about someone constantly wanting sex or occasionally viewing porn. Sex addiction covers a multitude of what is called ‘acting out behaviours’ that can be a result of multiple causes. It is important that there is a specific treatment option for anyone or any couple that is faced with the painful and challenging and traumatic effects of this addiction. The National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity has defined sexual addiction as “engaging in persistent and escalating patterns of sexual behaviour acted out despite increasing negative consequences to self and others.” Put in another way a sex addict will continue to engage in certain sexual behaviours despite facing potential health risks, financial problems, shattered relationships or even arrest.
I am a professional Sex Addiction Therapist and I have been been meticulously trained to work with sexual compulsive behaviours by the renowned Thaddeus Birchard who pioneered the treatment of sexual compulsive behaviours in this country. I am also a member of ATSAC - Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction. As such I will evaluate the situation to consider three general things before determining the most appropriate type of treatment:
the severity of the addiction
your motivation to change
available support from family or friends
Once we have decided to work together I would begin by taking a very in-depth history of your life and thus giving us both a better understanding of the root cause of your addictive behaviours and give you a better understanding of you. We would then move on by getting a picture of your own cycle of addiction and the way your brain has responded to your behaviours. We will look at what triggers your sex addiction and ways to understand and prevent those triggers becoming compulsive behaviours. In addition, by implementing the many and varied relapse prevention tools, we will be able to set new goals for your life and enable you to navigate a new and positive sexual lifestyle.
At my clinic in Hove or nationally/internationally on line I will assess and construct a personal treatment plan that will enable you to cast off the chains of addiction and go on to lead the full and contented life that you deserve.
If you are unsure if your sexual behaviour is a compulsive behaviour then the following resources may be useful :
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