Sex Addiction often disrupts relationships and destroys intimacy,
If you are having difficulties in your life related to sexual behavior, or if you desire to improve the experience of intimacy and closeness in your sexual relational experiences, then the information on this page is for you.
What is Sexual Health?
The American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) defines sexual health as the ability to embrace and enjoy our sexuality throughout our lives. It is an important part of our physical and emotional health. Being sexually healthy means:
- Understanding that sexuality is a natural part of life and involves more than sexual behavior.
- Recognizing and respecting the sexual rights we all share.
- Having access to sexual health information, education, and care.
- Making an effort to prevent unintended pregnancies and STDs and seek care and treatment when needed.
- Being able to experience sexual pleasure, satisfaction, and intimacy when desired.
- Being able to communicate about sexual health with others including sexual partners and healthcare providers.
The most fulfilling and satisfying relationships happen when we find ourself in the green part of this diagram. Sometimes, sexual addiction or out-of-control sexual behavior disrupts our lives and destroys our capacities for participating in what this diagram calls a relationship of “consumate love”.
What is Sex Addiction?
At least one thing that should be considered when assessing for a sex addiction is whether or not one’s sexual behavior is resulting in the experience of distress or life impairment. When we consider one’s sexual behavior as having become a sex addiction, it is because a person has come to feel powerless over how they behave sexually, resulting in their inability to stop the sexual behaviors that result in their feeling distressed or the experience of life impairments. In addition, their sexual behaviors have become unmanageable in one way or another. In working with people with these out-of-control sexual behaviors, I find they often promise themselves that they will stop doing these behaviors but then fail to keep these promises. These failures, along with the response of loved ones who know about their sexual behaviors, result in the feeling of shame, embarassnment and sometimes self-loathing. Click here to read my page on getting help for sex addiction.
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