Many therapists will treat sex addiction, but the truth is that many do not have training that is essential in treating this serious condition. If you are a sex addict or a partner of a sex addict who is looking for a therapist or counselor, finding a trained therapist is extremely important. Working with an untrained therapist can create serious issues in your recovery, as well as your relationship. The focus of untrained therapists often is to get sexual behavior under control. Trained therapists will understand that this only the beginning of a long, yet important road to recovery.
Sex addiction is only partially about sex. Because the behaviors may result in a taboo form of sexual compulsivity, sex itself can easily become the only focus of therapy, while other important aspects of therapy go unaddressed. Partners can be ignored or even taught to give up their boundaries, when they really shouldn’t at all. Thus, a relationship that is more damaged can result. Therefore, many therapists who are not specially trained in therapy for sex addiction will help you manage your sexual behaviors, but will not necessarily help you deal with the underlying sources of the problem. This can lead to you finishing therapy too prematurely, yet without the skills to continue on with your recovery, and rebuild your life and your relationships.
Finding a sexual addiction therapist who has training from the International Institute of Trauma Addiction Professionals (IITAP) is key. This training most often includes special training from Dr. Patrick Carnes, who is the leading proponent of the sex addiction field. IITAP provides specialized training that offers coursework, so that a therapist can become a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT). CSAT training provides skill based training on sex addiction counseling, sex addiction assessments, and offers specific materials that can help therapists engage sex addict clients, and work to best understand their addiction. The training focuses on helping clients accept their addiction and work through it, and helps them realize they are not alone.
Trained Sexual Addiction Therapists can help you with any of the following sexual addiction issues:
- Porn Addiction
- Phone Sex Addiction
- Sexual Obsession
- Sexual Anorexia
- Seeking Out of Multiple Partners
- Living/Coping With A Relationship With A Sex Addict