614 – The Myth of Sex Addiction

A Non-Pathologizing Approach to Out-of-Control Sexual Behavior
Joe Kort

Rather than providing a pathway to healing, the sex addiction model too often contributes to clients being sexually lost and at odds with their own nature. Therapists are left with both being unable to help clients with their continued out-of-control sexual behaviors and also with the consequences of being the recipient of a pathologizing label. This workshop will educate therapists on having a sexual health and strength-based dialogue with their clients as an alternative to the sex addiction model. You’ll explore how to:

  • Help clients develop a non-pathologizing understanding of their own individual sexuality and erotic identity
  • Develop a comprehensive assessment and alternative treatment that emphasizes the nonsexual meanings of sexual behaviors and fantasies
  • Understand your own countertransference with clients struggling with sexual behaviors you may experience as problematic
  • Differentiate normative male sexuality from out-of-control sexual behaviors around the use of porn, fetishes, and sex with partners


Joe Kort, PhD, is a certified Imago therapist, licensed masters social worker, and author of LGBT Clients in Therapy: Clinical Issues and Treatment Strategies, and Is My Husband Gay, Straight, or Bi? A Guide for Women Concerned about Their Men.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Joe Kort is President of Joe Kort & Associates, PC. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Joe Kort has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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