Treatment for Sex Addiction: Finding the Right Therapist

Written by Connie Zollner, PsyD, LMHC, CCPS-C, CSAT-C

Sex addiction, also known as compulsive sexual behavior, can have a profound impact on an individual’s life. Seeking help from a qualified professional is an important early step in receiving  effective and timely treatment. Here are 4 key qualifications to look for in a qualified sex addiction therapist:


  1. Specialization and Certification- Look for a therapist who is certified or has sought additional training in treating sex addiction. For example, the Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) credential signifies that a therapist has undergone many hours of additional training to understand how to effectively treat sex addiction.
  2. Experience- Choose a therapist who demonstrates they have sought opportunities to gain experience treating sex addiction. For example, look for things they have written about treating sex addiction or that mention something about their ideal client or the majority of who they see in their practice being individuals who are impacted by sex addiction. 
  3. Approach- Seek therapists who address the underlying psychological, emotional, and relational issues related to sex addiction. Therapists who create a safe and supportive space for you who also understand the complex issues related to sex addiction might be a better fit for you during your time of recovery from sex addiction.
  4. Effective Therapeutic Techniques- Ensure the therapist is well-versed in evidence-based therapies for sex addiction. The therapist should be able to share their approach and resources they rely on in the treatment of sex addiction. 

By selecting a therapist with these qualifications, you can take the first step toward recovery and a healthier, more fulfilling life. Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength and the beginning of a path towards a better future.

The team at the BTRC is a great place to get started in your search for sex addiction treatment! Reach out today to have a discussion about how to get started! 


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