Intimacy Disorders, Problemmatic Sexual Behaviors, or Sex Addiction, are in many ways viewed today like alcoholism used to be in the 1930's - as if it were a moral issue rather than a self-destructive compulsive behavior that has its roots in a deprived and/or painful past. It can destroy an individual's relationships, work, financial and emotional life - often being extremely difficult or impossible to stop on your own. This can take on the following symptoms:
compulsive use of pornography, internet sex sites
intense, consuming serial relationships or dating
use of paid sex workers
sex that needs increasingly risky behaviors get the desired result
frequenting of massage parlors, bathhouses or other sex establishments
sex with anonymous partners
cruising for sex
constant flirting and "intriguing" behaviors
sex with co-workers, friends, family members
multiple affairs outside relationships
These behaviors mask, sooth, destract from negative feelings while real needs go unmet. The cycle of depression, anxiety and low self-esteem that come with this pattern can be alleviated and healed.
I work with people with the compulsive behaviors and family members affected by intimacy disorders: Adolescents and Adults.
Call me for information or a consult if you think you or a family member has this problem. 845-489-8700