Adults and Couples
Intimacy Disorders / Problematic Sexual Behaviors
What are Intimacy Disorders?
Intimacy issues, compulsive sexual behaviors, internet sex addiction, infidelity or however you define it, can harm an individual’s relationship, family life, financial and overall emotional life – it is often very difficult to stop on your own.
Maybe I just have a high libido. Is this really a problem?
I can tell you it is a very real health issue people suffer, despite any controversy you might read. If you are reading this, you likely already know this.
“It’s hard to get enough of something that almost works…”
-Vincent Felitti, MD
Treatment for Intimacy Disorders / Problematic Sexual Behaviors
Intimacy issues, compulsive sexual behaviors, internet sex addiction, infidelity or however you define it, can harm an individual’s relationship, family life, financial and overall emotional life – it is often very difficult to stop on your own. I can tell you it is a very real health issue people suffer, despite any controversy you might read. If you are reading this, you likely already know this.
I work with men, women, trans, nonbinary, and LGBTQ people who suffer with these symptoms. I also work with family members and conduct relationship restoration sessions.
Common Signs/Symptoms (1 or more may be present) :
- compulsive use of pornography, internet sex sites
- intense, consuming serial relationships or dating
- compulsive masturbation
- use of paid sex workers
- sex that needs increasingly risky behaviors get the desired result
- frequenting of massage parlors, bathhouses or other sex establishments
- sex with anonymous partners
- cruising for sex
- constant flirting and “intriguing” behaviors
- sex with co-workers, friends, family members
- serial monogamy
- multiple affairs outside relationship
- compulsion to always wear sexually provocative clothing
Isolation, feeling of shame or guilt, living a double life, low self esteem and anxiety or depression are common. After time, sexual performance itself becomes affected in many people.
Stress, Chronic Worry, and Fears
Intimacy / Sex Addiction
Behaviors which can harm relationships
Real and lasting change for couples
Difficulties in interacting with others
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