Sex Addiction Therapy

Qualified, Judgement-Free Sex Addiction Therapy and Support For Porn Addiction

 

Sex and Porn Addiction Can Drastically Impact Daily Life

While people may trivialize sex and porn addiction, they are very real experiences that can have a detrimental effect on the lives and loves of those that experience them.

Individuals may feel guilt, shame, and embarrassment. But, we understand that this concern is more common that most realize and with the right therapy and treatment, it is possible to develop a happy and healthy relationship that adds to your life rather than consuming it.

What is Sex and Porn Addiction?

At the Tri Health Clinic, we use the following definition of sex/porn addiction: “Sexual problem of consensual sexual urges, thoughts, or behaviours that feel out of control for the individual” (Braun-Harvey & Vigorito, 2016).

“Sex addiction” is an intense focus on sexual urges, fantasies, or activities that cannot be controlled and causes harm to one’s health, relationships, and job performance. “Sex addiction” is believed to impact 3% to 6% of the population but that is likely lose as many never seek support or even know it is available.

“Porn addiction” is a form of sex addiction characterized by the obsessive and compulsive viewing of pornography to the detriment of everything else in one’s life, including potential financial losses and relationship complications.

What you Need to Know About Sex and Porn Addiction

It is important to understand that there is a great deal of low quality — and even dangerous — information on the internet about sex addiction and porn addiction. While these terms are commonly used, they are not exactly accurate, according to leading high-quality research.

The best research out there shows us that the use of sex and pornography is not exactly an “addiction”, in the sense that drugs or alcohol create an addiction. However, when sex and porn use get out of control, the pain it causes is all too real.

According to the Harvey Institute: “out-of-control sexual behavior is a non-diagnostic term to describe men and women who experience significant problems with regulating their sexual behavior, thoughts, urges and negative consequences.  Despite significant amounts of distress, agony, shame, worry, fear, embarrassment and losses sexual behavior and urges continue to be difficult to regulate and manage.  Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, despondency and futility increasingly overwhelm hope, choice, self-care and responsibility.”

Sex Addiction Therapy and Porn Addiction Counselling Can Help

Sex addiction and/or porn addiction can erode your sense of self and damage your well-being and relationship. The good news is that there is help and support available.

By meeting with a trained therapist in a safe, comfortable, and judgment-free environment, you can better understand your addiction, your physical and emotional triggers, and your own feelings and experiences, uncovering what’s at the heart of your behaviours and setting you on a path towards recovery and the healthy sex life you deserve.

If you are looking for sex addiction treatment or porn addiction treatment, we suggest you read the following brief statement here

Tri Health Clinic Sex and Porn Addiction Services

At Tri Health Clinic, we understand that sex and porn addiction is a complicated thing. That is why we take a holistic approach to therapy. We address the mental, emotional, and relationship factors that support or hinder your sexual health and well-being. 

Our treatments are based on four major principles (education, self-knowledge, changing behaviours, and tracking change), tailoring each to meet your specific personal needs. 

With a focus on education, we can help identify and worth through sexual myths that may be holding you back from gratifying and fulfilling sexual experiences. Sex addiction and porn addiction are not your “fault,” but you will need to play an active role in your recovery through communication and understanding of who you are. 

We can identify and explore ways to strengthen your skillset, help to develop the emotional skills you may be missing, and support you in letting go of behaviours and coping strategies that are holding you back. 

And because we don’t want you to focus on the healing journey without worrying about your progress, we use questionnaires and other methods to track changes for you, helping you continue towards and reach your personal therapy goals.

Sex and Porn Addiction Resources

How Tri Health Clinic Helps Sex and Porn Addiction

  • We take the time to help you identify, understand, and process the root causes of your sex or porn addiction.
  • We identify your strengths and build solutions that play to these strengths, making it easier for you to recognize and work through your triggers.
  • We can work with you and your partner to address any concerns in the relationship that may impact your behaviour and interfere with true intimacy.
  • We can help you identify and move beyond behaviours and attitudes that no longer serve you or your sex life.

Download the Tri Health Clinic's Free eBook

Discover the key to optimal sexual health with our free ebook! Packed with expert advice and practical tips, this comprehensive guide will empower you to take control of your sexual well-being. Download now and embark on a journey towards a fulfilling and vibrant intimate life.

The Sexual Response Cycle Handout

All the information from our eBook compressed into a bite-sized version.

Download the Tri Health Clinic's Free Sensate Focus Guide:

Sensate Focus is a therapeutic technique that promotes intimacy and connection by emphasizing non-sexual touch and exploration, allowing couples to enhance their sensual experiences and deepen their emotional bond. Download it directly here.

Book Recommendations

Desire: An Inclusive Guide to Navigating Libido Differences in Relationships

A radically inclusive, sex-positive guide to managing the inevitable libido differences in our relationships, authored by two certified sex therapists who are passionate about good sex

Desire invites readers of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, and relationship structures to shed the shame and misinformation that surround the topic of sex and instead learn from 2 certified sex therapists about how libido really works. Desire differences are one of the most common relationship issues, yet, with fewer than 1,100 certified sex therapists in the country, it can be difficult to find help. This essential book breaks the mold of the sex self-help genre, which typically focuses only on cisgender women.

Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life:

An essential exploration of why and how women’s sexuality works—based on groundbreaking research and brain science—that will radically transform your sex life into one filled with confidence and joy.

Researchers have spent the last decade trying to develop a “pink pill” for women to function like Viagra does for men. So where is it? Well, for reasons this book makes crystal clear, that pill will never be the answer—but as a result of the research that’s gone into it, scientists in the last few years have learned more about how women’s sexuality works than we ever thought possible, and Come as You Are explains it all. 

Not Always in the Mood: The New Science of Men, Sex, and Relationships

If there is one thing we know about men and sex it is that men are always in the mood. Any time, any place. Right?

Wrong.

Men’s sexual desire has long been depicted as high, simple, and unwavering. But the new research around men’s desire tells us this is far from true; and that good sex and relationships are suffering from these long-held misconceptions. In Not Always in the Mood: The New Science on Men, Sex, and Relationships sex researcher and relationship therapist Sarah Hunter Murray presents a lively, timely, and critical exploration of the newest, most surprising science on men and sex, shattering myths about men’s sexuality and helping today’s couples connect more deeply and authentically than ever before.

One-by-one, Murray examines the most detrimental, deep-held beliefs we as a society promote around men and their desire, and dive into how they affect our intimate relationships daily – and what to do about it. Do men actually crave and enjoy sex more than women? Do men “do the wanting” and prefer the chase? Where do they stand on sexual rejection? What’s the deal with porn? Answering these questions and more, this is a book for modern women and men alike. Moving beyond typical “here’s what he likes” sexual tips, the book empowers readers and offers a completely new perspective on sexuality that will validate men’s experiences and help their partners to a greater understanding of the psychology and emotions surrounding them. 

These resources are intended as a compliment to therapy under the guidance of a trained sex therapist.

TRI HEALTH CLINIC

Contact us today to book a complimentary consultation with our Intake Coordinator to match you to the best therapist for your needs.

Struggling with sex addiction can be tough and isolating.

We provide sex addiction and porn addiction counselling to all of Ontario, including Windsor, London, Guelph, Waterloo, Kitchener, Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga, Brampton, Toronto, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Markham, Oshawa, Brockville, Kingston, Ottawa, and beyond.

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Phone Number

613-929-6518

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