Sex Addiction Therapy in a Safe Environment
For sex addiction to be effective proper assessment of incoming clients is critical. This assessment covers distant, recent, and current sexual behavior constellations, as well past trauma and co-existing disorders. Bright Hearts Counseling offers the most current battery of written and online sexual behavior tests and thorough screening tools available.
- Quickly target deficits and patterns
- Efficiently identify arousal templates and empirically validated areas of risks
Testing and screening promotes the best allocation of time, resources and energy. They prevent expending energy in directions that are “dead ends” and therapeutically misaligned with the client’s core needs.
Individual Sex Addiction Therapy & Treatment
Sexual addiction therapy is not like traditional counseling modalities. It utilizes a task-based approach that incorporates homework assignments (e.g. reading, surveys, writing assignments, etc.). These assignments help pierce through denial and educate individuals regarding the addiction cycle.
Task-based treatment also helps clients reduce and contain damage, and achieve sobriety, by adopting a proactive mindset. This is more effective than mere “avoidance” (i.e a “stop being bad” program), which is fear and guilt based. No more “flying solo” into a status quo of continued isolation. Instead, the client learns to build a “culture of support” by trusting others for accountability and encouragement.
Sex Addiction Recovery Groups
Recovery is accelerated and sustained by the encouragement, example, and transparency of others walking the same road.
Weekly sex addiction group therapy is an additional option. This complements the client’s outside 12-step fellowship or Celebrate Recovery involvement. It adds the advantage of weekly sobriety and well-being “check ins” in the privacy and intimacy of a small group.
These groups provide the opportunity to receive voluntary, interactive feedback and engage others via participative self-awareness and communication building exercises.
Sharing exercises allow group members to practice setting healthy personal and relational boundaries and begin confronting “thinking errors.” Group members initiate the healing and amends process amidst a safe, non-judgmental, and confidential gathering of peers. Combined with individual treatment, sponsorship, and 12-step work, SA recovery groups complete a solid and enduring recovery foundation.
Couples Sex Addiction Counseling
I have conducted dozens of couples counseling sessions over the years. However, when dealing with sex addiction, couples counseling is sometimes best deferred until addiction can be assessed and key milestones towards recovery established. At the appropriate time, a therapist-facilitated disclosure session can provide the turning point for reconciliation and amends with many couples.
Intensive Outpatient Day Program
Sometimes sex addiction reaches a point where it impairs major functional areas of someone’s life. This results in serious job, family, health, or personal upheaval. Often sex addiction occurs along with other disorders, such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, or another diagnosis.
The combination of challenges in a client’s life can result in a situation where they become less and less functional. They seem completely “stuck,” of being unable to carry out any responsibilities (even with regular outpatient sessions). At this point a more intensive program can sometimes help restore coping skills and basic thriving.
I worked for over a year in a co-located intensive, 3-week outpatient day program designed to help clients “get back on their feet.” We used daily group therapy, psycho-educational instruction, individual counseling, devotional goal-setting sessions, and where needed, medication management.
In severe cases I refer clients to both local and regional inpatient and intensive (short stay) treatment programs as their presentation, diagnosis, and individual situation recommend.
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