PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) is an understandable response to a terrible traumatic situation. The trauma can be from war, abuse, assault and other experiences that cause intrusive distressing thoughts, feelings, images and anxiety that impair quality of life and daily functioning. Managing symptoms can be challenging and overwhelming. When I work with clients with PTSD, we focus […]
The Penn State Scandal. Focus is on the Cover Up. What about the Victims?
Partners of Sex Addicts have specific treatment needs to help them deal with the trauma, distress and complications of being a partner of a sexually compulsive person. In this upcoming workshop in Houston, Texas on April 30, 2011, partners of sex addicts will receive not only information and support but also an opportunity to share
Depression is insidious. It can sneak up on you so slowly that you don’t even realize what is happening. Or it can begin suddenly. You don’t even remember when you started to feel bad…but you know you do. It can start in response to a stressful or traumatic event. Or there may be
The holidays are over. The days are long. It’s dark going to work and dark when you get home. Kind of depressing. How do you tell when you are experiencing the temporary blahs due to winter – changes in sunlight, cold weather and post holiday let down – or a more serious depression such as […]
You are the partner of a sex addict – wife, girlfriend, husband, boyfriend. Your spouse is or is not in a recovery program. Either situation is stressful. You fear relapse. You experience grief and anger. You are trying to put together the pieces of your life. Then the holiday season approaches. Vacation. Time off. Family.
You are a Sex Addict in Recovery. Good for you. You are working a solid recovery program including therapy, 12 Step groups, a sponsor and a supportive community. You are making progress. Sober on your inner circle behaviors. Taking care of yourself and by extension your partner and family. Here comes December. Holidays. Vacation. Family.
1 out of 6 men are sexually abused as children. Research shows that a large percentage of sexually addicted and other addicted men were sexually abused and/or abused in some other way as children. Addiction becomes a way to cope with the pain of the abuse. Shame, humiliation, fear and misplaced beliefs stop men from talking
This is the final segment of the four part series of interviews that Barbara Steffens, Ph.D, LPCC, co-author of Your Sexually Addicted Spouse: How Partners Can Cope and Heal with Marsha Means, MA, did with JoAnn Russell, RN, MS at www.marriedtoasexaddict.com. In this interview Barbara touches on a variety of relevant issues involved in the […]
This is the third of four interviews Barbara Steffens, Ph.D, LPCC, co-author of Your Sexually Addicted Spouse: How Partners Can Cope and Heal with Marsha Means, MA, did with JoAnn Russell, RN, MS at www.marriedtoasexaddict.com. In this third interview, Barbara addresses issues including the trauma partners experience both on disclosure and living with a sex […]