Sexual Addiction Counseling

Counseling for Problematic Sexual Behaviors

Sexual addiction is defined as any sexually related, compulsive behavior, which interferes with normal living and causes severe stress on family, friends, loved ones, and one's work environment.


Sexual addiction has also been called an Intimacy Disorder. By any other name, it is a compulsive behavior that completely dominates the addict's life. Sexual addicts make sex a priority more important than family, friends, and work. Sex becomes the organizing principle of an addicts' lives. They are willing to sacrifice what they cherish most in order to preserve and continue their unhealthy behavior.


No single behavior pattern defines sexual addiction. These behaviors, when they have taken control of an addict's life and have become unmanageable, include:

  • compulsive masturbation

  • compulsive heterosexual and homosexual relationships

  • pornography

  • prostitution

  • exhibitionism

  • voyeurism

  • indecent phone calls

  • child molestation

  • incest

  • rape

  • Internet pornography

  • cybersex

Even the healthiest forms of human sexual expression can turn into self-defeating behaviors.

excerpts taken from research conducted by Dr. Patrick Carnes

Are You a Sex Addict?

The following are the Four Basic Core Beliefs that you might have considered about yourself:

  1. I'm basically a bad, unworthy person.

  2. No one would love me as I am.

  3. My needs are never going to be met if I have to depend on others.

  4. Sex is my most important need.

Unmanageability due to Problematic Sexual Behaviors:

  • When you break off yet another relationship you never wanted to be in.

  • When your spouse announces the end of your marriage because of the latest discovery.

  • When you tell another lie about your secret sexual behaviors.

  • When your teenage son finds your pornography.

  • When you get fired from your job because of sexual harassment or viewing pornography while at work.

  • When you have a car accident while exposing yourself.

  • Persistent pursuit of self-destructive behaviors.

  • Excessive time obsessing about sex.

  • Ongoing desire or effort to limit sexual behavior.

  • Planning out your day around sexually acting out.

  • Spending excessive amount of time on the Internet viewing pornography.

excerpts taken from Out of the Shadows by Dr. Patrick Carnes

Consequences because of Unwanted Sexual Behaviors:

  • Loss or danger of losing a relationship.

  • Loss or risking losing a job.

  • Financial unmanageability.

  • Loss of interest in leisure activities due to spending excessive time sexually acting out.

  • Loss of appetite, sleep.

  • Depression or irritability.

  • Procrastination.

  • Health problems.

  • Risk of being arrested.

  • Risk of contracting a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD).


If you think you have a problem with compulsive sexual behaviors, please take the Sexual Addiction Screening Test (SAST) for an assessment by clicking

The SAST assessment test will compare your answers to a profile consistent of sex addicts who struggle with sexually compulsive behaviors.  The test will also give you a score that will indicate whether you have met the criteria for Sex Addiction.  If you've met that criteria, please contact me and let me help you start on your recovery journey.  (Please print the report and bring it to our first session).

Also, If you're interested in joining our next Facing the Shadow Men's Process Group, begin here

"Much of your pain is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self."
~ Kahlil Gibran

Irving Najman, MA, LMFT, CSAT

3102 Bee Caves Road, Suite 100, Austin, Texas 78746

Please call/text me at (512) 222-8838  or send me a message


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