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Sex Addicts Should Get Out of the Dog House

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Fell into profound sleepRebuilding a relationship after the upheaval of sex addiction is a slow process.  It demands a great deal from both the sex addict and the spouse or partner.

For many sex addicts and partners the initial disclosure and crisis is followed if not by a rupture then by an uneasy peace.  And that peace is often characterized by alienation and doubt and punctuated with flare ups and mistrust.


How to Divorce Your Toxic Relatives

Monday, April 7th, 2014

family dysfunctionMany people have relatives who are hazardous to their mental health.   In all family systems there are roles and expectations for each member.  And there are established rules, both spoken and unspoken.

Much of the work for recovering sex addicts and for people generally involves understanding the roles we played in our family and the damage that may have been done to our sense of self.  This is not always easy.


Mindfulness and Brain Changes in Sex Addiction Relapse Prevention

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Mature woman dreamingThe bad news is there are brain changes in addicts that make it harder for them to resist cravings and avoid relapse.  The good news is that those brain changes can be reversed.


Are Sex Addicts a Danger to Children? What to Look For

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Cheerful friendsIf you are a family member of a sex addict or of a recovering sex addict, or if you are dating a sex addict, you may have concerns about whether that person poses a danger to children.


What is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT)? Frequently Asked Questions

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Mature students studying in libraryWhat is involved in becoming a CSAT therapist or counselor?

First, an important point to remember is that only those therapists who are already licensed or otherwise credentialed in their particular counseling field (e.g. psychologists, clinical social workers, marriage counselors, pastoral counselors) are eligible to enroll in the CSAT training.


Recovery in Partners of Sex Addicts

Monday, February 10th, 2014

sexual betrayalI believe that sexual betrayal of the partners of sex addicts has a two-fold impact.  It is both a trauma and a serious loss.   The trauma that accompanies the discovery of sex addiction shakes the spouse or partner to the core.


Self Awareness: What it is and What it Isn’t

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

photo for self awarenessMany sex addicts enter recovery with little or no ability to identify what it is they are feeling.  I had one client say that he never used to know what his feelings were, that he used to think hunger was a feeling!


Why Partners of Sex Addicts Get Sick: A Vicious Circle

Monday, January 20th, 2014

photo for why partners of sex addicts get sickThat the partners of sex addicts seem to suffer both minor and major illness might not be a surprise to those currently dealing with the crisis of discovering sex addiction in a relationship.


Do Sex Addicts Have Multiple Personality?

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Young man in nightclub approaching camera with arms outstretchedSex addicts often seem to have two distinct personalities.  Often they will report to me that they experience themselves that way.  One personality is thoughtful, loving and responsible while the other is self centered, impulsive and primitive.


Do Porn Addicts Cheat on their Partners?

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Working coupleNot all porn addicts cheat.  But compulsively watching porn all the time doesn’t guarantee that the addict won’t find time to be unfaithful.





Check Out Linda Hatch's books,
Relationships in Recovery & Living with a Sex Addict.


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