Alex Katehakis is a licensed Marriage, Family Therapist, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and Certified Sex Therapist in Los Angeles. She has extensive experience in working with a full spectrum of sexuality from sexual addiction to sex therapy, and problems of sexual desire and sexual dysfunction for individuals and couples. Alex has successfully facilitated the recovery of many sexually addicted individuals and assisted couples in revitalizing their sex lives.
Dr. Katehakis is the Founder and Clinical Director of the Center for Healthy Sex in West Los Angeles, CA. She has lectured for the U.S. Journal Training Conference series, the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health, the UCLA Annual Attachment Conference, the Psychotherapy Networker Annual Conference, Women’s Association of Addiction Treatment, Mt. Sinai Medical School, AIDS Project LA, Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, Phillips Graduate Institute and Pepperdine University. Dr. Katehakis earned her PhD from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in 2017.
Additionally, Alex appears as a regular guest sex expert every Friday on Dr. Drew Midday Live on KABC Talk Radio to discuss sex, addiction and sexuality. She has been a guest on several national radio programs and appeared on Voice America and WebMD, both live on-line Internet programs, as a sexual addiction expert. She is a regular guest blogger at Psychology Today, Huffington Post, PsychCentral and other websites. Alex teaches workshops on healthy sexuality in retreat settings and has been published in the Journal of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity.
She is the author of Sex Addiction as Affect Dysregulation: A Neurobiologically Informed Holistic Treatment (2016), Erotic Intelligence: Igniting Hot Healthy Sex after Recovery From Sex Addiction (2010), the co-author of Mirror of Intimacy: Daily Reflections on Emotional and Erotic Intelligence (2014) and a contributing author to Making Advances: A Comprehensive Guide for Treating Female Sex and Love Addicts (2012) — all available on Amazon.
Professional affiliations include certification as a sex addiction therapist (CSAT) and member of the teaching faculty at the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP); Senior Fellow at The Meadows addiction treatment center; membership in the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH); certification/membership American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT); membership American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT); and membership California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT). MFC 36902
Dr. Katehakis is dedicated to continuous improvement of her knowledge base and clinical skills and is a member of the Alan Schore study group and other peer consultation groups. Most recently, Dr. Katehakis is the 2012 recipient of the Carnes Award, a prestigious acknowledgement for her significant contributions to the field of sex addiction. She is also the 2013 co-recipient of the Clark Vincent Award for her role in writing sections of the clinical textbook Making Advances, the 2015 Book Award from AASECT and the 2016 Clark Vincent Award for Mirror of Intimacy.