Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is almost always a direct result of sex addiction. When the sexually addicted person acts out continuously, they end up having real physiological problems that result in ED. When I see couples in treatment and one of the spouses admits to ED throughout the relationship due to sexual addiction.
I help create a safe environment for the person with ED to discuss their feelings about it and help them with shame reduction, which is also a common theme with this group of individuals; especially those who are in a primary monogamous relationship.
My goal is to determine the set-up for the ED and hope that given enough support and psychological treatment the issue of ED will resolve itself. ED in and of itself is a problem that also is separate from Sex Addiction ED. I will be able to determine that during our initial assessment.
As a certified sex addiction therapist, I help people understand addiction as a disease rather than a moral issue. I help the addict see that they didn’t choose to become an addict, that addiction is like any other disease. I educate about sex addiction and multiple addictions. I treat both the addicted and the spouses, families and friends of the addicted, and treat both from a place of complete empathy, compassion and non-judgement.