Center for Healthy Sex in Los Angeles, California was founded in 2005 by LMFT and Certified Sex Therapist Alexandra Katehakis and Douglas Evans, who are a husband and wife team, to provide a safe environment to address issues related to sex and porn addiction. Treatment from this outpatient facility includes an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), individual and group therapy, couples treatment, psychoeducation and the 12 steps. The overall intention at Center for Healthy sex is to help alleviate the shame and stigma associated with this type of behavioral addiction.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment at Center for Healthy Sex is not just for those who are sex addicts. Programming is also geared towards those who are addicted to love, those who deal with partner obsession and for partners of those who have an addiction to sex, just to name a few examples of the types of clients treated. First steps to receiving treatment is a phone interview followed by an in person psycho-sexual assessment, and recommendations from a therapist.
There are different IOP options available, some that are gender-specific and others for partners. The sex and love IOP is an 11-day treatment program that runs from 9:30 am to 5 pm, with the first week running six days and the second week running for five days. All clients who are taking part in the IOP are required to in a sober living facility during the duration, up to 13 days, which provides reliable transportation and two meals a day. On a daily basis clients have several group therapy and one individual session. Groups address topics like grief and loss, personal addiction cycles, sexualized rage, relapse prevention, setting healthy boundaries and communication. Twelve-step meetings are also integrated into treatment every day.
After the IOP may clients remain in treatment for six months to two years, in addition to attending regular support meetings and having a sponsor. In some cases where medication may be a good addition to therapy, CHS is able to provide a referral for a psychiatric evaluation for medication management to off set cravings. Therapeutic treatment methods include EMDR, art therapy, experiential therapy and trauma-informed care.
Clinical staff is hand picked by the clinical director who have extensive knowledge of sexual addictions. These include CSATs, MSWs and CDWFs.
During treatment clients put together an aftercare plan, which can consist of regular group or individual sessions. Couples intensives are offered along with regular therapy.
Center for Healthy Sex delves into a world that many people are uncomfortable or too embarrassed to discuss, and offers comprehensive and productive solutions to take the shame away from the topic and address real concerns so many people have in a healthy and safe atmosphere.
Center for Healthy Sex
10700 Santa Monica Blvd, Ste 311
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Center for Healthy Sex Cost: $8,500 (11-day IOP); $4000 (partner IOP); $3,000 (sober living). Sliding scale options are available; insurance is accepted. Reach Center for Healthy Sex by phone at (310) 843-9902. Find Center for Healthy Sex on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and YouTube
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