Dr. Alexandra Katehakis is a pioneer in the area of sex addiction, and healthy sexual behavior. In this episode, we talk about what sex addiction is, where it stems from, how to treat it, and how to know if you need help. It’s a provocative conversation on one of the most stigmatized addictions we face.
Dr. Katehakis is a Marriage Family Therapist, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist/Supervisor and Certified Sex Therapist/Supervisor, and Clinical Director of the Center for Healthy Sex in Los Angeles. Dr. Katehakis has extensive experience in working with a full spectrum of sexuality; from sexual addiction to sex therapy, as well as and problems of sexual desire and sexual dysfunction for individuals and couples. She has successfully facilitated the recovery of many sexually addicted individuals and assisted couples in revitalizing their sex lives.
She has written numerous books on the topics of sex addiction, erotic intelligence, the neurobiology of sex addiction, intimacy, and other topics related to this space.
You can connect with Dr. Katehakis and learn more about her work here: Twitter, Center for Healthy Sex, Her Books on Amazon, Her Books on Her Website
SOME OF THE THINGS WE TALKED ABOUT:
There are assessments people can take, one of which is located on her website here: https://centerforhealthysex.com/sex-therapy-resources/sex-addiction-test/
There is a section on her website dedicated to figure out if someone is a sex addict or not and you can find that content here: http://centerforhealthysex.com/sex-addiction/
https://centerforhealthysex.com/ Dr. Katehakis explains that, “People change their attachment styles when they attend 12-step meetings over time. She goes on to explain that attachment issues have to do with “regulation” of the nervous system. In a 12-step program you start to realize you can get your needs met from other people (as opposed to only getting them met from yourself, through destructive behavior). During this process, another human is helping to regulate your nervous system. Sex addicts have been doing this through unhealthy sexual behavior. Eventually, you start to learn to trust other people, and then your nervous system starts to seek other people when it needs help rather than engage in unhealthy sexual behavior.
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