Jennifer Weeks, PhD, on Problematic Sexual Behavior

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Recovering From Sex Addiction — Yours or Your Partner’s

What happens when someone’s sexual behavior becomes a problem? In this episode of Woman Worriers, host Elizabeth Cush and her guest, Jennifer Weeks, PhD, talk about sex addiction and its impacts on the individual and the primary partner.

Sex addiction has nothing to do with sex. It’s really an intimacy disorder.
— Jennifer Weeks, PhD

Show Notes:

Sometimes, sexual behavior can be a problem. Maybe you wake up feeling bad about yourself after yet another one-night stand. Maybe you feel hurt and betrayed because your partner can’s stop turning to porn or escorts. In this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, creator and host Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., talks with Jennifer Weeks, PhD, a certified sexual addiction treatment specialist, about the complex relationship between compulsive sexual behavior and anxiety — on the part of the individual and the partner — the stigma around asking for help and the possibilities for recovery.

Listen and learn:

  • When sexual behavior crosses the line and becomes a problem

  • How problematic sexual behavior (PSB) affects the individual

  • How PSB affects the primary partner

  • Why internet porn is so addictive

  • Why it’s so hard to ask for help — and even harder for women

  • Why therapy is important even if you’re not the one acting out

  • The best way to approach therapy if you or your partner is struggling with PSB

  • How childhood trauma contributes to PSB in women

  • Therapeutic techniques that can help heal the trauma that drives PSB

  • The role of emotional regulation — learning to sit with your feelings

  • How to break the anxious cycle of checking, checking, checking on your partner

  • How to learn to accept and trust — or move on

  • Why it’s important to find the right therapist — and what to look for

  • Support groups that can help individuals with PSB

  • How coaching can help begin to address challenging sexual behaviors

Learn More

>  Sexual Addiction Treatment Services website

>  Dr. Jen’s blog

> Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) 12-step fellowship

> Sexaholics Anonymous (SA) 12-step fellowship

> Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA) 12-step fellowship

> S-Anon International Family Groups 12-step fellowship for family and friends of sexaholics

> International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals (scroll to bottom for Therapist Directory)

> The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) member directory

> Progression Counseling


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