- Series: Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology
- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (September 20, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393709027
- ISBN-13: 978-0393709025
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sex Addiction as Affect Dysregulation: A Neurobiologically Informed Holistic Treatment (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology) 1st Edition
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“Alexandra Katehakis does one of the best jobs I have seen of describing what addiction is, how it comes to be, and how to work with an addicted person. . . . The depth of her knowledge, research and her ability to draw it altogether into a coherent, logical, and understandable theory with practical applications is amazing. . . . [O]ne of the best I have read in the addiction field in quite some time, and I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in or whose life has been touched by addictions, and that includes just about everyone to some degree.”
“Alexandra Katehakis has written a fascinating book on sex addiction…. I recommend this book for everyone in the field of SA treatment as an introduction into the complexity of the problem…. I felt a deep affinity for Alexandra Katehakis’ work and her empathy for her patients… I found myself engrossed in her clinical material.”
“With insight that can only be developed from years of professional experience and detailed research, counselor and clinical director Alexandra Katehakis provides a comprehensive account of sex addiction from a neurobiological perspective. . . . It works through the intricacies of a particular form of addiction in a way that is respectful to clients, while addressing their experience neurobiologically and relationally. An insightful and thoroughly informative account.”
“Alex Katehakis has written a new book on sex addiction as affect dysregulation which will become one of the touchstone books for understanding sex addiction. In a clear practical way it will help addicts make sense out of the insanity in their secret and destructive lives. Katehakis integrates how the brain, attachment, trauma, and family combine into a powerful addictive force. Plus, she teaches how to use therapy, and how therapists can become effective partners in healing. A great read for all people involved in the addiction epidemic―which means most of us.”
- Patrick Carnes, PhD, CAS, founder of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals and Gentle Path Press
“Sexuality has the potential to be an apex physical, emotional, and relational experience, but when hijacked by addiction it can become a controlling and destructive master. Alex Katehakis integrates her vast experience as a therapist with an emerging understanding of how neuroplasticity affects cognitive, affective, and reward-based learning to address the dysfunction sexual addiction wreaks in the lives of those affected. This book presents a novel therapeutic approach incorporating a holistic merging of these various learning templates, and provides a powerful instrument to heal the behavioral and emotional fractures characteristic of addiction.”
- Donald L. Hilton Jr., MD, FAANS, Adjunct Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
“Sex Addiction as Affect Dysregulation provides what few―if any―books on the subject have done yet: it offers a comprehensive, practical discussion of sex addiction as a primary, chronic brain disorder. More than that, the book presents a holistic approach to treatment for which Alexandra Katehakis offers an unparalleled foundation of information. This foundation for understanding sex addiction becomes the groundwork for a holistic approach to treatment. The case studies in the book add to its richness and, overall, Katehakis illuminates what has been largely unexplored for much too long.”
- Drew Pinsky, MD, internist/addictionologist and host of Dr. Drew on HLN; Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Keck School of Medicine, USC
“Outstanding. A groundbreaking contribution! With clinical wisdom and heart, Alex Katehakis presents a detailed analysis of the latest science behind sexual addiction and the techniques being used to treat it. Refreshingly sex-positive and accepting, this book reveals the why and how of the therapeutic journey to secure healthy relationships and life-affirming sexuality.”
- Wendy Maltz, LCSW, DST, author of The Sexual Healing Journey and The Porn Trap
About the Author
Alexandra Katehakis, MFT is Founder and Clinical Director of the Center for Healthy Sex in Los Angeles, Senior Fellow at The Meadows, faculty for the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals, and the 2012 Carnes Award recipient. She is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist/Supervisor and Certified Sex Therapist/Supervisor specializing in the treatment of sexual disorders. Ms. Katehakis is author of Sex Addiction As Affect Dysregulation: A Neurobiologically Informed Holistic Treatment, (2016). She is co-author of the 2015 AASECT award, and 2016 Clark Vincent award winning Mirror of Intimacy: Daily Reflections on Emotional and Erotic Intelligence (2014), contributing author to the 2013 Clark Vincent award winning Making Advances: A Comprehensive Guide for Treating Female Sex and Love Addicts, in M. Feree (Ed.), (2012), and author of Erotic Intelligence: Igniting Hot Healthy Sex After Recovery From Sex Addiction (2010).
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The title of the book is deceptively narrow, focusing on the author’s specialty of sex addiction. But the book itself is an magnum opus, providing insight broadly applicable to general psychotherapy and addiction treatment, as well as touching on history, cultural drivers, gender and sexuality, the economics of addiction, spirituality, public policy and more. The book is enriched with literary references, compelling descriptions of client breakthroughs, and with touching personal disclosures about the author’s own discovery process applying Regulation Theory.
As a counselor reading this book, I get a very exciting sense of breakthrough.
The book is written mostly for students of psychology or clinicians, but I believe it is accessible to lay persons as well. It is readable if one is willing to put some effort. Unfortunately, since it is a text for professionals, costs about three times more than most self-help books on the topic. I believe, however, that the quality of the research and new conceptualizations merit the price even for non-students of psychology.
On the second part one might get a good idea of what the wholistic approach the author proposes would look like. It is not hard to see that it must be cutting edge in the practice of sexual and perhaps other types of addiction recovery, although it might remain unaccessible, if one is not near to a psychologist that would use it.
Still, most people could put into practice at least some of the components of the approach to recovery outlined in the book, most clearly, the use of 12-step programs, as there are local groups branches of fellowships such as SAA or SLAA worldwide. In this regard, however, I personally, missed a clearer stance on key components of these programs. such as predefined vs. self-defined conceptions of sexual sobriety.
Perhaps this book will open a new line of practice that will help many of us. It was very exciting to get up to date on this effort.
I believe that many therapists will benefit and be better therapists as a result of digesting its message. The book has been helpful to me over the weeks that I have been reading it. I find myself thinking of different aspects of the book as I'm preparing to meet with a client and what we should be trying to accomplish in the session. I find myself paying more attention to my body and emotions in my sessions with my clients and being mindful to meet them in that sacred space of awareness, pain, hope, and possibility that exists in each client (and therapist) and will spring forth in sessions that create a safe-enough space.
All in all, this book is a "must read"!