Relationship Counseling for Individuals and Couples

Sex Addiction

Criteria for a Sex Addiction Diagnosis

How do professionals know when addiction is present?  Illnesses have a pattern of symptoms that professionals can recognize. With all addictions, a screening test or assessment instrument can usually indicate a pattern of addiction. 

At The Institute For Couples Counseling, we utilize screening assessments to assess presence of Sex Addiction. When addiction is present, the following criteria are easily identified: 

1. Recurrent failure (pattern) to resist impulses to engage in specific sexual behavior
2. Frequent engaging in those behaviors to a greater extent or over a longer period of time than intended
3. Persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to stop, reduce, or control those behaviors
4. Inordinate amount of time spent in obtaining sex, being sexual, or recovering from sexual experience
5. Preoccupation with the behavior or preparatory activities
6. Frequent engaging in the behavior when expected to fulfill occupational, academic, domestic or social obligations
7. Continuation of the behavior despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent social, financial, psychological, or physical problem that is caused or exacerbated by the behavior
8. Need to increase the intensity, frequency, number, or risk of behaviors to achieve the desired effect, or dimished effect with continued behaviors at the same level of intensity, frequency, number or risk
9. Giving up or limiting social, occupational, or recreational activities because of the behavior
10. Distress, anxiety, restlessness, or irritability if unable to engage in the behavior

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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