Sex Addiction and Neuro-affective Science
Neuro-affective science is the study of the integrated development of the body, brain, and mind. Under its paradigm-shifting theoretical umbrella, we have learned that there are mechanisms that link the psychological and biological factors of mental disorders like addiction.
Substance and behavioral dependencies share identical neurobiological workings. This means that problematic repetitive behaviors are genuine addictions, and has helped increase or understanding of addiction as a chronic brain disorder.
Clinical experience strongly suggests that sex addiction (SA) treatment informed by affective neuroscience—Alexandra Katehakis’s specialty—is often profoundly transformative.
Katehakis's relational approach to treatment blends neurobiology with psychology to help her clients accomplish full recovery from sexual addiction. Her Psychobiological Approach to Sex Addiction Treatment (PASAT) joins therapist and patient through a relationally-based psychotherapy. It is a holistic, dyadic dance that calls on the body, brain, and mind of both.
Her latest book is written with clarity and compassion and integrates cutting-edge research, case studies, verbatim session records, and patient writings and art. She uncovers the ways in which neurophysiological, psychological, and cultural forces prime susceptible people for sex addiction, then details how her innovative treatment restores patients' the interpersonal, sexual, and spiritual aspects of their relationships and their desires.
More About Alexandra Katehakis
Alexandra Katehakis, MFT, is a Licensed Marriage, Family Therapist, certified sex addiction therapist and supervisor, certified sex therapist and supervisor, and Founder and Clinical Director of the Center for Healthy Sex in Los Angeles, California. She is the supervisory consultant to the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP), the certifying body for sex addiction therapists. She specializes in and has extensive experience in working with a full spectrum of sexuality from sexual addiction to problems of sexual desire and dysfunction for individuals and couples. She speaks to professional audiences on the subject of sex addiction and sexuality and teaches workshops on healthy sexuality in retreat settings.
She also serves as a Senior Fellow at Gentle Path at the Meadows, an inpatient sex addiction treatment center for men located in Wickenburg, Arizona. Her work has had a significant impact on the treatment program there and on the Sex Addiction Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at The Meadows Outpatient Center. For more information about either program call 800-244-4949.