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This goes beyond sex and love addiction. Out of control behavior and sex addiction therapy can help you control unwanted or unhealthy sexual behaviors.

Because clinicians at CRIWB are either Certified as Sex Therapist or Candidates for Sex Therapy Certification through the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), we uphold AASECT’s statement on sex addiction.

We recognize that people may experience significant physical, psychological, spiritual and sexual health consequences related to their sexual urges, thoughts or behaviors.

AASECT recommends that its members utilize models that do not unduly pathologize consensual sexual behaviors. AASECT does not find sufficient empirical evidence to support the classification of sex addiction or porn addiction as a mental health disorder and does not find the sexual addiction training and treatment methods and educational pedagogies to be adequately informed by accurate human sexuality knowledge. Therefore, it is the position that linking problems related to sexual urges, thoughts or behaviors to a porn/sexual addiction process cannot be advanced as a standard of practice for sexuality education delivery, counseling or therapy.

The position is an assertion that the best scientific studies do not currently support the theory that sex can be an addiction directly analogous to drugs and: That similar neural pathways may sometimes be shared by sexuality and other sources of pleasure and reward, including those involved in true addictions, reflects correlation, but does not establish causation. While the addiction model may be helpful for some people, particularly those that experience substance and alcohol addiction, it often addresses sexuality concerns from a moralistic and judgmental perspective putting itself directly at odds with sex-positive advocacy.

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Sex Addiction Therapy & Out of Control Behavior

At CRIWB, we recognize that out of control sexual behavior can occur.

Feeling the compulsion to watch porn for such an extended time that it interferes with your professional or personal functioning. Experiencing feeling as if you are unable to stop pursuing hookups for the thrill or high of the chase.

Sex addiction therapy and counseling for sexuality issues takes into account the behavior and looks to explore the underlying reasons that support the behavior. We do this in a safe, non-judgmental setting that focuses on helping clients gain awareness of their behavior while cultivating sexual health and engaging the underlying causes of unwanted sexual behaviors. 

Out of control sexual behavior is “a sexual health problem in which an individual’s consensual sexual urges, thoughts, and behaviors feel out of control to them” (Douglas-Braun-Harvey). It is often not about sex, but rather untreated trauma and/or abuse, untreated mental health issues, unresolved relationship issues, and problematic habits.

Our Approach to Sex Addiction Therapy & Out of Control Behavior


At CRIWB, while counseling sexuality issues, we work with sexual behavior that may feel out of control as a manifestation of an underlying cause that—when addressed and redefined—can lead to greater pleasure, fulfillment, and alignment in your sexual health and intimate relationships.

Our therapists come from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, religions, and lifestyles, and are prepared to handle any situation. We focus on being an open and inclusive space for you to learn about yourself and spirituality so you can resolve out of control behavior and reach your goals.

Sex addiction therapy and therapy for other sexual issues can help you get your life back on track. Contact us to learn more. 

Sexual pleasure is the physical and/or psychological satisfaction and enjoyment derived from shared or solitary erotic experiences, including thoughts, fantasies, dreams, emotions, and feelings. Self-determination, consent, safety, privacy, confidence and the ability to communicate and negotiate sexual relations are key enabling factors for pleasure to contribute to sexual health and well-being. Sexual pleasure should be exercised within the context of sexual rights, particularly the rights to equality and non-discrimination, autonomy and bodily integrity, the right to the highest attainable standard of health and freedom of expression.

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