Relationship Counseling for Individuals and Couples

Sex Addiction


Am I a Sex Addict?

If you think you may have a sexual addiction problem, read this list and see if you identify with any of these Symptoms:

1. Are you frequently engaging in more sex with more partners than intended?
2. Do you feel preoccupied with or persistently crave sex; wanting to cut down and unsuccessfully attempting to limit sexual activity?
3. Do you think of sex to the detriment of other activities or continually engaging in excessive sexual practices despite a desire to stop?
4. Do you spend considerable time in activities related to sex, such as cruising for partners or spending hours online visiting pornographic web sites?
5. Have you been neglecting obligations such as work, school or your family in pursuit of sex?
6. Do you continually engaged in the sexual behavior despite negative consequences, such as
broken relationships or potential health risks?

7. Do you have an escalating scope or frequency of sexual activity to achieve the desired effect, such as more frequent visits to prostitutes or more sex partners; more online pornography, or masturbation?
8. Do you feel irritable when unable to engage in the desired behavior?
9. Do you have a sense that you have lost control over whether or not you engage in specific out of control sexual behavior?
10. Are you experiencing significant consequences because of your specific out of control sexual behavior?
11. Do you feel like you are constantly thinking about your specific out of control sexual behavior, even when you don’t want to?

These are some of the hallmarks that help to define the boundaries of sexual addiction and compulsivity. 

The National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity has defined sexual addiction as “engaging in persistent and escalating patterns of sexual behavior acted out despite increasing negative consequences to self and others.”  In other words, a sex addict will continue to engage in certain sexual behaviors despite facing potential health risks, financial problems, shattered relationships or even arrest. 

Assessment: The Institute For Couples Counseling, Karen Greenhouse, Ph.D., MFT, CSAT, a Certified Sex Addiction Couples Therapist, treats Couples dealing with Sex Addiction. Karen Greenhouse, PhD (c), utilizes the well-known Sexual Dependency Index developed by Dr. Patrick Carnes, from The International Institute For Trauma Professionals, to assess Individuals for Sexual Addiction.

How We Can Help

If you feel you or your partner are experiencing any of these conditions, please call me as I am one of the rare Couples Therapy Specialists who is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist trained directly by Patrick Carnes, Ph.D. from the International Institute for Trauma Professionals

Please feel free to call or contact me directly NOW for a confidential, complimentary telephone consultation about your concerns and to discuss your options. Contact me at (818) 859-6766 or use the Contact Form to the right to learn how I may be of assistance to you. 

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