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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 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). Ms. Katehakis blogs at Psychology Today and Huffington Post and appears as a weekly guest expert every Friday on Dr. Drew Midday Live. She’s the Founder and Clinical Director of Center for Healthy Sex.

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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

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

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

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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