Several of my blogs deal with the myth of sex addiction. Every city has lots of CSAT counselors, those who claim to be certified as sex addiction therapists. The problem is you cannot certify something that does not exist. There is no conceptual clarity or empirically proven condition called sex addiction.
The DSM, the manual mental health counselors use to diagnose mental health problems, soundly rejected the inclusion of either sex addiction or hyper-sexuality. They rejected these concepts and diagnoses because they could not justify something that has not been empirically verified.
The latest nail in the coffin of the misguided sex addiction approach is a clear position statement on sex addiction by The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). After a thorough review of research, many members helped draft and revise this statement. I was one of the agitators that got AASECT to do a statement.
Part of the statement follows: “AASECT 1) does not find sufficient empirical evidence to support the classification of sex addiction or porn addiction as a mental health disorder, and 2) 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 of AASECT that linking problems related to sexual urges, thoughts or behaviors to a porn/sexual addiction process cannot be advanced by AASECT as a standard of practice for sexuality education delivery, counseling or therapy.”
None of this means that some people are not out of balance or obsessive and compulsive in their sex lives. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is an empirically proven approach to those who are out of balance with distorted thoughts, which prompt them to be out of balance in their emotions and behavior. This is the approach I successfully utilize to treat those who are out of balance, and it works.
The sex addiction industry makes a lot of money playing on the fear of being out of control. Not surprisingly, this industry is fighting every media treatment that argues against the validity of their approach. The result is a virtual war over the meaning of sex, porn and related issues.
My work is dedicated to make commonsense out of all of these issues. I believe in an evidence-based approach with rational thinking, rather than an emotional knee jerk reaction to porn or sex. Now that AASECT has made a reasonable statement, we will see more pressure on CSATs to attempt to justify their irrational and moralistic treatment. They are not qualified to help improve a couple’s sex life, which is a partial answer for those who are unhappy sexually.
I see couples and individuals who are out of balance in their sexual expression. I take a holistic approach, and I am extremely effective. This cannot be said for sex addiction counselors. An AASECT certified sex therapist is the best bet to deal with sex, porn and being out of balance. I am such an AASECT therapist. I look forward to hearing from those who wish to deal with being out of balance.