Posted by: counselorcarmella | August 13, 2012

More Resources on Sex Addiction

Dr. Patrick Carnes  is considered the unofficial father of sex addiction treatment. He wrote the first book on the  subject called “Out of the Shadows” and has also written “Don’t Call It Love” and other books.  He developed Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) Training as a way to address the overwhelming demand from mental health professionals for tools to help treat an ever-increasing number of patients who exhibited sexually compulsive behaviors. Information on this training can be found at the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) website.  
Additional info about Dr. Carnes and the program he directs called Gentle Path is available at 
This site also contains info on how to find a clinician who has the  CSAT certification.
Richard Blankenship LPC, NCC, CCH, CCSAS currently directs Cornerstone Training, North Atlanta Center for Professional Counseling and Faithful & True – Atlanta; a program for male addicts, female addicts, spouses, and couples in recovery.  Richard is the president and director of the American Association of Certified Christian Sexual Addiction Specialists (AACCSAS).  He and Dr. Mark Laaser developed  the first graduate course in sexual addiction counseling. 
The American Association of Certified Christian Sexual Addictions Specialists has a  sex addiction certification for therapists that appears to incorporate additional information/elements specific to  those of the Christian faith. This websites  title is “The International Association of Certified Sexual Addiction Specialists” so I’m not  exactly sure if that is the updated name

IACSAS is committed to supporting training opportunities and to conducting research in the field of sexual addiction.  Someone who has  completed the coursework, supervision, and  clinical experience to become fully certified is a Certified Clinical Sexual Addiction Specialist (CCSAS). Elsewhere on this site, they are referred to as Certified Christian sexual addiction specialists. 


Marnie C Ferree MA LMFT CSAT is well known in  sex addiction treatment circles.  Marnie  is the Executive Director of Bathesda Workshops, a sexual addiction treatment program in Nashville TN, sponsored by Woodmont Hills Church.
There is a lot of helpful information on this site.
In 1997, Marnie established a workshop program for female sex addicts that was the first of its kind in the country and today draws participants from across the United States and Canada. Marnie is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (clinical member), the American Association for Christian Counselors, and the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health, where she is on the editorial board of the professional journal Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity. She is a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals. Her books include:

Ferree, Marnie C., A L.I.F.E. Guide: Women Living in Freedom Everyday

Ferree, Marnie C., No Stones: Women Redeemed from Sexual Addiction


Robert Weiss LCSW CSAT-S has a blog on called Sex and Intimacy in the  Digital  Age. He is an international sexual addiction expert, author, educator and founder of the Sexual Recovery Institute.

His site is

Linda Hatch is a psychologist and certified sex addiction therapist specializing in the treatment of sex addicts and the partners and families of sex addicts. She has a blog called  “The Impact of Sex Addiction” at PsychCentral, and also blogs on her own website at

Dorothy Hayden  LCSW MBA CAC

I found her work particularly interesting.  She addresses the issue of  sexual addiction  in  depression and ADD, among other topics.  Not surprisingly, Sex addiction often co occurs with  substance abuse,  mood or anxiety disorders,  personality disorders,   eating disorders, and other  mental health conditions. Appropriate treatment involves  addressing these issues, as well. Otherwise it is less likely that treatment will be successful.  
SPECIFIC PLACES TO LOOK FOR TRAINED PROFESSIONALS: – lists therapists who have fulfilled the requirements as a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT), – lists therapists who are members of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health, an association for professionals who treat sex addiction and trauma.


12 step support groups are a vital  part of recovery for  the addict and the  “co addict” as the partner is often called.  They  are free and  offer accountability and structure.  Those groups are  
Sexaholics Anonymous
Sex Addicts Anonymous
Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous
Some people want  programs that are
specifically Christian.  Those programs include
Celebrate Recovery
There is a CE program at  First Baptist Church  Lexington SC
I am not as familiar with these other two programs but have seen them listed on several related websites.
L.I.F.E. Groups

Overcomer’s Outreach

Online support:  These sites do not replace therapy and intensive treatment. They can be a helpful starting point and addition to  counseling and other supports.  I’ve taken at least a  brief  look at  most of these sites.   It is up to the reader to  take the time for further exploration for any resource mentioned in this or any other  post on my website.
Be Broken
provides hope and help for sex addicts in pursuing addiction recovery and sexual purity.
Covenant Eyes
 online monitoring service


Pure Online
 Christian based online workshops for men dealing with Internet porn and other sex-related addictions.

Christian resources for pornography addiction

S-Anon, COSA, and various other organizations  give support to spouses of cyber and sex addicts.
A Woman’s Healing Journey
help for wives of sex addicts
New Life Partners:
 online support group for wives of sex addicts


Staying with someone who  is a sex addict is controversial, but each person has to decide  for themselves what seems best and right.  A lot may depend on whether their partner is willing to get help too.  Some spouses try, only to realize that their partner isn’t committed to change or that they can never  feel comfortable trusting again.  Either way,  nonjudgmental support during a very painful time of decision is crucial.  Individual counseling can also be helpful during this time. 


  1. Helpful info. Lucky me I discovered your website unintentionally, and I’m stunned why this coincidence did not took place in advance! I bookmarked it.

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