Sexual Addiction & Partners Counseling
Hope Counseling Center has counselors that specialize in treating Sexual Addiction, Pornography Addiction, Partner’s of Sex Addicts, Betrayal Couples Counseling, underlying trauma and sexual addiction assessment. We strive to provide a safe, shame-free, trauma informed, client-centered experience that treats each person as a unique individual desiring healing and recovery.
At Hope Counseling Center, we believe it is important to treat the whole person, the partner of the sex addict, and restoration for the relationship. We don’t want the person struggling with sexual addiction to limit himself/herself at “getting sober”, but rather to find living a life worth living. We want the sex addict, the partner of the sex addict, and the relationship to have a deeper, longer-lasting and more complete recovery.
Treatment Program for Sexual Addiction
Our sex addiction counseling begins with a non-shaming, compassionate, sensitive, and thorough assessment. Your sexual addiction counselor will provide treatment options for healing and recovery. You and your therapist will establish treatment goals and together, will identify behaviors from which to abstain. Our counseling services include both individual sex addiction counseling and sex addiction counseling group therapy for men. Group therapy and individual therapy are among the most effective treatments for sex addiction.
We believe that the real issue of sexual addiction is not the need for more sex but rather an avoidance of real relationship to avoid being rejected, criticized, abandoned, abused, and left alone. Past relationships in the sex addict’s childhood left him/her wounded and he/she turns to a “counterfeit” relationship instead. Due to childhood, the person struggling with sexual addiction has poorly developed personal relationships and a disconnection from their feelings.
Support For the Spouse / Partner of Sex Addicts
Our counselors understand how alone and isolated it can be for the partners. The discovery of the sex addict partner’s behaviors can result in severe symptoms of anxiety, rage, numbness, hyper-vigilance, depression, deep shame, nightmares, flashbacks and intrusive thoughts and images. The partners experience symptoms consistent with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and that treatment for the partner is equally important.
Treatment for the partner typically includes individual counseling, betrayal couples counseling, and group support. Our program also provides psycho-educational materials and EMDR/Brain Spotting to reduce the trauma. Your therapist will treat you with compassion and understanding as you work through the trauma and pain caused by your partner’s sexual addiction.
Therapeutic Full Disclosure
Our counseling center also can provide a process for Full Disclosure from the addict. If done correctly, we have found that Full Disclosure can restore a sense of respect and dignity to the partner, allowing them to know more of the truth that they didn’t have and make next-step decisions based on knowing rather than not knowing. Full Formal Disclosure is an important part of the sex addict’s recovery, and should be prepared and facilitated by therapists specially trained to guide both the sex addict and partner of the sex addict though the process.