Diagnosis / Assessment
The point of assessment is not to label a person. If anything, it is to name the struggle but this does not mean it has to name / define you. But as the saying goes, you cannot claim what you do not name. The goal is to claim recovery. The primary instrument to diagnosis sexual addiction can be either the Sexual Dependency Inventory (SDI) or the Sexual Addiction Screening Test (SAST). Both of these diagnostic tests were developed by the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction (IITAP) The SDI is a very comprehensive test that is approximately 600 questions and takes about 2 hours to complete. The SDI is used by comparing your answers with those who have been identified with symptoms of sex addiction. Here is more information on the SAST.
Individual therapy provides the atmosphere for you to not only share your story of addiction but experience feedback about how your story has impacted your behaviors today. Individual therapy provides for a place to enter into a therapeutic relationship where you are allowed to process at your own pace.
Group therapy is vital to one's recovery from sexual addiction. Group therapy provides an atmosphere of the "here and now" with others in a group. It provides the client with a broader view of reality and how they interact with others. Often times, we can all have a narrowed and skewed reality of how we relate to others. Group therapy fosters an environment for feedback on how one really is perceived by others so that healing can take place from distorted views of reality. For more info on groups visit www.nashvillegrouptherapy.com
Trauma Work / Processing
To some extent, we all have trauma. One of the most researched and proven treatment models is the use of EMDR which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing. EMDR is used as an ancillary modality of treatment in helping clients through memories and events where they seem to be stuck. It has been said that trauma can be either a big "T" trauma like witnessing war or little "t" trauma which are events that we give very little attention or notice. These little "t" trauma events have been found to be often more difficult to resolve because we do not give them the notice or attention. EMDR helps an individual reprocess those memories and events at one's own pace.
Couples Counseling - based on EFT
Couples counseling is based on a therapeutic model called Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). The goal of couples counseling is to create or reestablish connection. You spouse is not made to fix you but can be the healing agent. Couples counseling focuses on helping the couple reconnect to each other in a deep, safe and healing way. Click here (www.nashvillemarriagecounseling.com) for more information.
attachment / relational therapy
This is at the core of the issue. In essence, the work is around finding a new way to do emotional intimacy. Intimacy anorexia is an active, intentional withholding of emotions that is specifically reserved for the primary partner. It is usually motivated by an underlying fear of intimacy, but for the partner it is an emotional starvation. The problem is that if you or a loved one withholds emotions it's typically not willful, but done from a primal sense of wanting to flee or a sense of feeling frozen. So much of the work centers around this healing.
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