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Sex Addiction as Affect Dysregulation

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Alexandra Katehakis, MFT, is a Licensed Marriage, Family Therapist, certified sex addiction therapist and supervisor, certified sex therapist and supervisor, and Founder and Clinical Director of the Center for Healthy Sex in Los Angeles, California. She is the supervisory consultant to the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP), the certifying body for sex addiction therapists. She specializes in and has extensive experience in working with a full spectrum of sexuality from sexual addiction to problems of sexual desire and dysfunction for individuals and couples. She speaks to professional audiences on the subject of sex addiction and sexuality and teaches workshops on healthy sexuality in retreat settings.


With insight that can only be developed from years of professional experience and detailed research, counselor and clinical director Alexandra Katehakis provides a comprehensive account of sex addiction from a neurobiological perspective. . . . It works through the intricacies of a particular form of addiction in a way that is respectful to clients, while addressing their experience neurobiologically and relationally. An insightful and thoroughly informative account. Alexandra Katehakis has written a fascinating book on sex addiction.... I recommend this book for everyone in the field of SA treatment as an introduction into the complexity of the problem.... I felt a deep affinity for Alexandra Katehakis' work and her empathy for her patients... I found myself engrossed in her clinical material.-- (11/20/2016) Alex Katehakis has written a new book on sex addiction as affect dysregulation which will become one of the touchstone books for understanding sex addiction. In a clear practical way it will help addicts make sense out of the insanity in their secret and destructive lives. Katehakis integrates how the brain, attachment, trauma, and family combine into a powerful addictive force. Plus, she teaches how to use therapy, and how therapists can become effective partners in healing. A great read for all people involved in the addiction epidemic--which means most of us.-- (11/20/2016) Sexuality has the potential to be an apex physical, emotional, and relational experience, but when hijacked by addiction it can become a controlling and destructive master. Alex Katehakis integrates her vast experience as a therapist with an emerging understanding of how neuroplasticity affects cognitive, affective, and reward-based learning to address the dysfunction sexual addiction wreaks in the lives of those affected. This book presents a novel therapeutic approach incorporating a holistic merging of these various learning templates, and provides a powerful instrument to heal the behavioral and emotional fractures characteristic of addiction.-- (11/20/2016) Outstanding. A groundbreaking contribution! With clinical wisdom and heart, Alex Katehakis presents a detailed analysis of the latest science behind sexual addiction and the techniques being used to treat it. Refreshingly sex-positive and accepting, this book reveals the why and how of the therapeutic journey to secure healthy relationships and life-affirming sexuality.-- (11/20/2016) Alexandra Katehakis does one of the best jobs I have seen of describing what addiction is, how it comes to be, and how to work with an addicted person. . . . The depth of her knowledge, research and her ability to draw it altogether into a coherent, logical, and understandable theory with practical applications is amazing. . . . [O]ne of the best I have read in the addiction field in quite some time, and I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in or whose life has been touched by addictions, and that includes just about everyone to some degree.-- (11/20/2016)

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