Sexual addiction causes low self-esteem, shame, and intimacy problems, including in couples. Thankfully, sexual addiction is treatable. And I treat it.
This is a process addiction. It is not caused by families, but when children cannot attach to parents or feel insecure at home, they cannot soothe themselves. Being able to sooth oneself when anxious is a necessary skill in life. Without it, people are prone to addictions, including a sexual addiction. Psychotherapy focuses on building the capacity to notice feelings and to soothe feelings.
I use Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) for sexual addiction. Both of these therapies are evidence-based.
Feel free to call me at 410-381-7551 during business hours to discuss getting a FREE 15 minute telephone consultation for you if you or someone close to you seems to have sexual compulsivity or sexual addiction.