Counselling Spouses of Sex & Porn Addicts
Private Counselling for Spouses of Sex Addicts in Australia with Renown Sex Addiction Therapist: Sydney and Australia Wide Online
Need help for spouses of sex and porn addicts? As a wife or spouse of a sex or pornography addict, you most certainly experience very serious emotional upheaval upon discovery of your husband's or partner's betrayal. Many spouses of sex addicts experience significant clinical distress and sex-addiction-induced-trauma (SAI-T) and may require treatment from a specialist.
MY HUSBAND IS ADDICTED TO PORN
Expression of healthy sexual intimacy is a wonderful experience of pleasure, relaxation and deep emotional connection. The experience of sex is very different for a sexual addict and partners of sex addicts. Sexual and pornography addictions are disorders of the brain, also termed Progressive Intimacy Disorders. Sex and pornography addiction disorders are characterised by escalations of sexual and pornographic thoughts, obsessive preoccupations with sex, escalations of sexual acts and sexual cravings, regrets, shame and growing isolation. Despite the addicts' awareness of the negative consequences their behaviour is causing, they find themselves unable to stop. If you believe your husband or partner is addicted to sex or pornography, there is help available for you at Sex Addiction Australia too.
IS YOUR HUSBAND FULLY AWARE OF THE DAMAGE HE IS CAUSING?
As a part of sexual addiction disorder, addicts experience cognitive distortions and spiritual disconnection, and therefore tend to fail to fully appreciate the extent of the damage their behaviour is causing to their spouse and family, and to themselves. As a partner of a sex addict, you may feel helpless and isolated when observing the unfolding of your spouse's addictive problem. Sex Addiction Australia can help with our addiction specific holistic spouse and partner counselling program that provides support for partners of sex addicts.
INTERNATIONAL PORNOGRAPHY ADDICTION RESEARCH
Research studies in the UK, Germany, US, and Australia have explored the impacts of pornography on the brain, and warn that over-consumption of porn can lead to biological changes in the striatum of the brain. This region of the brain is associated with reward seeking, motivation, and decision-making. Read further research information.
YOU ARE NOT TO BLAME IF YOUR HUSBAND IS ADDICTED TO SEX OR PORN
Spouses of sex addicts often blame themselves, receive partner blame, or become subjected to destructive criticism from others for their partner's sexual addiction.
In reality, sexual addiction is a disorder of the brainand cannot be caused by another person. You have not contributed to the development of your husband's or partner's sexual addiction. However, you may experience a lack of attraction, a lack of being sexually desired and loved, or unwilling/unable to give sex to your partner. Unresolved marital and sexual intimacy problems may stand in the way, but none can create sexual addiction.
Instead, you as a partner of a sex addict, are likely to experience an array of devastating and conflicting emotions, linked to sexual betrayal; shock, numbness, disbelief, disgust, emotional constriction, extreme agitation and arousal, disturbed sleep, nightmares, concentration difficulties, struggling to manage daily demands, anger, anxiety, depression, hopelessness, loss of trust, feelings of unworthiness and rejection, humiliation, loss of self-esteem, loss of identity, and more...... and you may blame yourself.
You are NOT crazy, your reactions to such sudden, unexpected and threatening life-changing traumatic events, such as sexual addiction of your partner, are normal.
HELPING YOURSELF, THEN HELPING YOUR HUSBAND
Your sex addict husband or boyfriend has lost control over his behaviour. There is no biological evidence that sex addicts have abnormally high sex drives. Successful sex addiction therapy enables sex addicts to fully recover and to develop normal healthy sexual intimacy. If you want to help your husband/partner, you need to help yourself first.
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COUNSELLING FOR SPOUSES OF PORNOGRAPHY AND SEX ADDICTS
Your sex addiction relationship and marriage counsellor is available during AEST office hours for further information and confidential appointments. For help for spouses of sex addicts, get in touch with Heide 02 9380 4486 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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