As counselors complete the training and the required supervision hours to become certified in treating partners, their names will be added to the website. The first training date is set for June 26-29, 2013 in Dallas, TX.This certification will not only give them the ability to offer partners of sex addicts better treatment, but it will make them highly marketable.Addicts should be taught how to empathize and support his traumatized wife.
Symptoms of PTSD have been shown to mimic symptoms of co-addiction, but still most therapists are sticking to this outdated model which is doing great harm to partners.So does that mean there is no hope in finding a good counselor to help a woman whose world has been turned upside down by the discovery of her husband’s pornography or sexual addiction? But it may prove to be more challenging than it should be.Once a therapist or life coach receives the certification their name and information will be listed on the APSATS website. All are welcome to attend, even if they are not a clinician.Pastors and others in the ministry, as well as other helping professionals, will benefit as well.I get e-mails daily from women all over the world asking if I can refer them to a good sex addiction counselor in their area.
Since they are asking me I know that means they have been to my website or read one of my articles and are looking for someone who will recognize and validate their trauma while not labeling them a “co-sex addict.” Helping people find good therapists could become a full time job for me.
Since the release of the book Your Sexually Addicted Spouse, partners have been desperate to find professionals who work from this model.
E-mails are pouring in asking for referrals to therapists who have been trained by APSATS.
Sex addiction is arguably the easiest addiction to hide, and addicts are very good liars and manipulators. This is the website for the fairly new organization, the Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS), of which I am a board member.
You shouldn’t be told something is wrong with you because you didn’t know. At this time there are only a small number of counselors listed here.
APSATS is a non-profit organization dedicated to the professional training and certification, public education, research and advocacy for treatment of sex addiction- induced trauma. If your husband is in recovery and you both want to stay married, ask if they support simultaneous couple’s and individual counseling.