Men’s Sex Addiction Group Therapy

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New Sex Addiction Therapy Group!

I’m pleased to announce that we will be launching our very first weekly group therapy meeting, beginning January 2016. This group is designed to utilize the latest evidence-based treatment for men in recovery for sexual addictions, and it will be limited to the first nine men who sign up by email or by phone (832.779.1493).

What is group therapy?

Group therapy is a treatment by which a therapist guides several individuals to process their beliefs, emotions, and experiences in the context of their relationships with one another. The dynamics created in group therapy settings have been shown to be especially healing for those struggling with addictive behaviors. In fact, it is often the treatment of choice for men suffering from sex addiction.

How is group therapy different from a Twelve Step Meeting?

Twelve Step Meetings are an important component in any recovery program, but they function differently from group therapy. Twelve Step protocol operates to provide a safe place for people to share by setting a rule that no “cross talk” is allowed. This means that individuals attending a meeting cannot speak directly to one another to provide feedback. In group therapy, feedback is directed under the supervision of a therapist in a way that group members provide mutual insights, awareness, encouragement, counsel, and empathy for one another.

Another significant difference between Twelve Step Meetings and group therapy concerns who may attend. Twelve Step programs are usually open to anyone who wants help with an addiction, which means that those who attend from week to week can vary greatly. In group therapy, attendance is typically limited to those who can attend with some degree of regularity, cultivating a stable environment of trust and safety.

Jake’s personal statement on group therapy:

I love group therapy! About six months after I began my own recovery journey, I began to attend a weekly men’s therapy group in Houston. This became a fixed element of my weekly schedule for over three years! It is an essential component of my recovery plan, and where I grew most.

Group is one of my favorite therapy formats. I have invested a great deal of time honing my skills as a group therapist by taking courses and attending various training opportunities. Last year, I was honored to be a faculty member at the Houston Group Psychotherapy Society’s Annual Institute, where I taught on facilitating addiction recovery groups.

For the last three years, I have started and facilitated sex addiction treatment groups at a treatment center in Houston. I’ve seen amazing recovery develop for dozens and dozens of men during this time, and I am excited to offer my first group in my own private practice.

For most men who are working to recovery from sex addiction, group therapy will be the treatment of choice. Not only is it more cost effective, but it produces more fruit more quickly to those committed to the process.

The Details

When: The group will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. beginning on January 19, 2016.

Where: The Counseling Corner in Mont Belvieu. For directions, click here.

Material: Each participant is required to present weekly tasks from Facing the Shadow, by Patrick Carnes. Copies can be ordered from Amazon or purchased for $25 from Jake.

Cost: Each two hour group will cost $60. Attendees may miss two meetings per quarter without charged. Beginning with the third absence, members will be charged $50 for each missed meeting. (Why charge for missed meetings? Because you are, in a sense, renting one of a limited number of seats.)

Commitment: Those who sign up are asked to make a three month commitment. This is in order to cultivate the consistency needed for a successful group therapy dynamic. After three months, members can decide if they would like to continue with the group or not.

Therapists: The group will be co-facilitated by Jake Porter and Austin Leighton. Jake is an ordained minister and pastoral counselor. He was trained as a sex addiction therapist by Dr. Patrick Carnes, and has completed training in the APSATS Multidimensional Partner Trauma Model. Austin is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern completing his Masters in Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. Austin is currently undergoing training to become a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and works in the Texas prison system, where he treats individuals and runs therapy groups for those suffering from addictions.

Participation is limited to the first nine men who commit to attending! To sign up, you can reply to this email or call 832.779.1493. If you know someone from another Twelve Step recovery program or support group who could benefit from this group, feel free to pass this information on to them.