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Dr. Alexandra Katehakis, PhD, MFT

Sex Addiction and Sex Therapy Expert
Clinical Director, Center For Healthy Sex

Dr. Alexandra Katehakis, PhD, MFT, CST-S, CSAT-S, is a licensed marriage and family therapist, a certified sex therapist, and a certified sex addiction therapist. She’s the author of Sexual Reflections (2017), Sex Addiction as Affect Dysregulation (2016), co-author of the award-winning book Mirror of Intimacy (2014), contributing author to the award-winning clinical book Making Advances (2012), and author of Erotic Intelligence (2010). Katehakis blogs at Psychology Today and Huffington Post and is the Clinical Director of Center for Healthy Sex.

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Sexual Reflections Workbook

Sexual Reflections book by Alexandra Katehakis

Sexual Reflections: A Workbook for Designing and Celebrating Your Sexual Health Plan

Sexual Reflections: A Workbook for Designing and Celebrating Your Sexual Health Plan is carefully researched, designed, and clinically tested to help you uncover and embrace your unique, optimal sexuality. This Workbook gives you a powerful new program to achieve your authentic sexual expression.

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Sex Addiction as Affect Dysregulation Book

Sex Addiction book by Alexandra Katehakis

Sex Addiction as Affect Dysregulation: A Neurobiologically Informed Holistic Treatment

Sex Addiction as Affect Dysregulation is the first book on sex addiction that takes into consideration neurobiological underpinnings, examining sex addiction in line with the new definition of addiction as a primary, chronic brain disorder.

Published by W. W. Norton & Company Summer 2016

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Mirror of Intimacy Book

Mirror of Intimacy book by Alexandra Katehakis

Mirror of Intimacy: Daily Reflections on Emotional and Erotic Intelligence

“Mirror of Intimacy is one of those books which you don’t let out of your sight. The book will soon be one of the important therapeutic tools in our field.”

-Daniel L. Araoz, author of Integrating Hypnosis with Psychotherapy

Published by Center for Healthy Sex December 2014

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Erotic Intelligence Book

Erotic Intelligence book by Alexandra Katehakis

Erotic Intelligence: Igniting Hot, Healthy Sex While In Recovery from Sex Addiction

“I consider this book a great gift to all recovering addicts and their partners who will benefit from its instruction and an impressive, effective resource for those who help them.”

-Patrick Carnes, author of Out of the Shadows

Published by HCI Publications Spring 2010

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Media Credits

The Addicted Mind Podcast – “The Root of the Addictive Process with Alex Katehakis” – February 2020

Stigma Podcast – “Let’s Talk About Sex (Addiction)” – December 2019

VICE – “Is Sex Addiction Real?” – October 2019

The Angry Therapist Podcast –“No B.S. with Dr. Alex Katehakis” – October 2019

Noggin Notes Podcast – “Let’s Talk About Sex” – September 2019

The Paper Gown – “A Primer on Lady Libido Care” – September 2019

Dr. Drew Midday – with Dr. Alexandra Katehakis – August 2019

BBC – “Pornography: Re-wiring Teenage Brains” – July 2019

Betrayal Recovery Radio – “Is Sexual Deception a Sexual Assault?” – July 2019

Martha Stewart Weddings – “This is What Your Cuddling Style Says About your Marriage” – June 2019

Armchair Expert Podcast – with Dr. Alex Katehakis – June 2019

A Brave New Man Podcast – “Sexual Consent in the Post #MeToo World” – May 2019

Mel Magazine – “Why Do Hotels Make You Horny?” – Article featuring Alexandra Katehakis – March 2019

CNN – “Wonder Why Men Send Photos of Their Genitals? Here are some Theories?” – Article featuring Alexandra Katehakis – February 2019

Reader’s Digest – “What Doctors Wish You Knew About Sex Addiction – Article featuring Alexandra Katehakis – August 2018

Sexology Podcast – “Healthy Sex in Recovery with Alexandra Katehakis, Ph.D.” – August 2018

Newsweek – “Is Sex Addiction a Real Disorder? Majority of Americans Believe it is – Article featuring Alexandra Katehakis – July 2018

Prevention – “Is Sex Addiction Real?” – Article featuring Alexandra Katehakis – July 2018

Seventeen – “Am I Demisexual?” – Article featuring Alexandra Katehakis – July 2018

Playboy – “We’ll All Be Watching Porn When the World Ends” – Article featuring Alexandra Katehakis – June 2018

Healing Paths Podcast – “Episode 85: ‘Healthy, Fun, Connecting Sex in Recovery with Alex Katehakis'” – June 2018

FLARE – “Women on What It’s Like Being Addicted to Sex: ‘I Was Hooked from the Start'” – Article featuring Alexandra Katehakis – April 2018

Conversation with Alanis Morissette Podcast – Conversation with Dr. Alexandra Katehakis – March 2018

The Man Rules Podcast – Dueling with Dualities – Discussion with Dan Griffin and Alex Katehakis – December 2017

Indie Wire – Can Hollywood’s Predators Be Rehabilitated? Doctors Say Yes, for Some — but There’s No Quick Fix – Article featuring Alexandra Katehakis – November 2017

Health Magazine – How Taking a Break in Your Relationship Can Actually Make It Stronger – Article featuring Alexandra Katehakis – November 2017

Washington Post – Why do men force women to watch them masturbate? Two therapists explain – Article featuring Alexandra Katehakis – November 2017

The Hollywood Reporter – Why Do So Many Hollywood Men Self-Pleasure for a Captive Audience? – Article featuring Alexandra Katehakis – November 2017

LA Times – Why Powerful Men Make Women Watch Them Masturbate – Article featuring Alexandra Katehakis – November 2017

Rolling Stone – Why Do Famous Men Pressure Women Into Watching Them Masturbate? – Article featuring Alexandra Katehakis – November 2017

Men’s Health – Why Men Like Louis C.K. Masturbate In Front Of Women – Article featuring Alexandra Katehakis and Douglas Evans – November 2017

NBC News – The Psychology of Exhibitionism: Why Men Force Women To Watch Them Masturbate – Article featuring Alexandra Katehakis – November 2017

The Wrap – Masturbation as Harassment: Experts Try and Understand Bizarre Secret Behavior – Article featuring Alexandra Katehakis – November 2017

USAToday – Weintstein, Spacey scandals prompts questions about treatment for sex addiction, criminal behavior – Article featuring Alexandra Katehakis – November 2017

The London Times – Weinstein seeking ‘cure’ at $37,000-a-month sex clinic – Article featuring Alexandra Katehakis – November 2017

The Cut – Why Men Force Women to Watch Them Masturbate – Interview with Alexandra Katehakis – October 2017

Live Science – Harvey Weinstein’s Retreat: Does He Really Have a Sex Addiction? – Article featuring Alexandra Katehakis – October 2017

Sounds True Podcast – Alexandra Katehakis: Grown Up Sex – Discussion between Alexandra Katehakis and Tami Simon – March 2017

Shrink Wrap Radio – Sex Addiction as Affect Dysregulation with Alexandra Katehakis podcast featuring Alexandra Katehakis – October 2016

Blog Talk Radio – Human Sexuality and Erotic Intelligence: Addiction Therapist Alexandra Katehakis podcast featuring Alexandra Katehakis – October 2016

iTunes – Voices of Esalen interview with Alexandra Katehakis – June 2016

iTunes – The Dr Drew Podcast interview with Alexandra Katehakis – 2016

KABC Radio – Dr. Drew Midday Live (Every Friday at 12:45pm-1pm) – 2015-2016

KQED Interactive – Love in the Digital Age interview with Alex Katehakis – 2015

KABC Radio – The Drive Home with Jillian Barberie and John Phillips – 2015

“Love Addict” documentary – Interview with Alexandra Katehakis – 2012

Klean Radio – Interview with Andrew Spanswick and Judah Friedman – 2011

ABC 7 News – Is Sex Addiction a Real Illness or Just a Cop Out? – 2011

KABC Radio – Peter Tilden and Teresa Strasser Morning Show – 2011

Strange Sex Post-Celebrity Rehab. Alexandra Katehakis and Phil Valone – 2010

HLN – Interview with Jane Valez -Mitchell “Tiger Woods” – 2009

HLN – Interview with Jane Valez -Mitchell “Addicted to Violence” – 2009

Inside Hollywood – “Caught Cheating” Episode 16 – 2009

SPIKE TV – 1000 Ways to Die “Kill-Basa” Episode 107A – 2009

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Published Blogs Blog: Posts by Alexandra Katehakis

Psychology Today Blog: Sex, Lies & Trauma: Straight Talk About Sexual Compulsivity

Huffington Post Blog: Articles by Alexandra Katehakis, MFT, CST-S, CSAT-S

PsychCentral Blog: Posts by Alexandra Katehakis

Published Articles

The American Journal of Play – Sexual Fantasy and Adult Attunement – Vol. 9, No. 2, Winter 2017

Robert Weiss blog Sex Addiction as Affect Dysregulation interview with Alexandra Katehakis – January 2017

Modernae 6 Tips to Reignite Your Sex Life article with Alexandra Katehakis – October 2016

The Neuropsychotherapist Sexual Addiction: Holistic Treatment Goals and Protocols for Body, Brain, and Relationship 2-part article by Alexandra Katehakis – September & October 2016

The Fix: Addiction and Recovery, Straight Up Aug 2011 Sex Addiction Is Not So Funny

Counselor Magazine July/August 2010 Erotic Intelligence for Recovering Sex Addicts

Psychotherapy Networker “Addicted to Sex” Case Study March/April 2010

The Family Therapy Magazine Jan/Feb 2010 Supervision of the Treatment of Sexual Addiction: Attending to Counter-Transference Issues

Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity Jan-March 2009, Vol. 16 Issue 1, p. 1-31 Affective Neuroscience and the Treatment of Sexual Addiction

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