Upcoming Events, Lectures and Trainings

The following events are open to the public. Clients, professionals, and curious minds are all welcome to attend and participate.
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Alex_high_resolution_headshot_2016The Face of Female Love Addiction

by Alex Katehakis, PhD, LMFT

Friday, July 21st, 2017

1:15pm – 2:30pm

FREE CEU LECTURE!
1 CEU available

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The face of female love addiction is mirrored in her relational compulsions which relegate her to a life of fantasy. Her seemingly interactive style is labile, with a come-here/go-away emotional charge that is echoed in chaotic relationships. The love addict’s “drug” of choice is less about sex than about a particular romantic experience. This CEU lecture will take an integrated approach to treating love addiction, drawing on the latest therapeutic interventions and science-based research about intimacy, desire, love, sexual health, and happiness.

This lecture takes place at Center for Healthy Sex

RSVP to charlie@centerforhealthysex.com


Mirror of Intimacy

Mirror of Intimacy webinar series
August 7, 2017, 12 noon (PST)

Interactive webinar with Alexandra Katehakis, MFT, CST-S, CSAT-S on the theme of Invulnerability from our award-winning daily meditation book “Mirror of Intimacy”

Our Mirror of Intimacy webinars now take place on Facebook Live! To view the webinar, simply like our page on Facebook and log on to Facebook at 12pm PT on August 7, and you’ll see an announcement that the live event is starting. If you have any questions, please e-mail charlie@centerforhealthysex.com.


Laurie MintzThe Sex Expert webinar series
August 11th, 2017, 12 noon (PST)

Interactive webinar with Dr. Laurie Mintz, Ph.D., on  Becoming Cliterate: Why Orgasm Equality Matters — And How To Get It

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Orgasm inequality is rampant among young adults. As one striking example, in research conducted by Dr. Laurie Mintz with college students, 51% of cis-gendered men vs. 4% of cis-gendered women say they usually orgasm during first-time hookup sex. While research shows that this disparity successively closes in additional hookups with the same person, friends-with-benefits relationships, and committed relationships, the orgasm gap never completely closes in any context.  Related, up to one-half of young adult cis-gendered women who have sex with cis-gendered men say they are troubled by their lack of orgasms. Cis-gendered women who have sex with one another do not have this issue. Clearly, then, the orgasm gap is a cultural problem. There is not something wrong with those struggling to orgasm as they so often painfully assume; instead, something is wrong with our culture.

In this webinar, Dr. Mintz exposes the cultural roots of the problem. She also details the individual attitudes and skills required to turn this knowledge into action, including the sound psychological interventions of mindfulness training, guided masturbation, and communication skills training.  Dr. Mintz also deconstructs our current cultural script for sexual encounters, which over-values penetration and the male orgasm, and replaces it with four new inclusive scripts that equally value both partners’ orgasms. Finally, Dr. Mintz concludes with a call to action to spread the word about orgasm equality.

Dr. Laurie Mintz is an author, therapist, professor and speaker whose life’s work has been committed to helping people live fuller, richer lives through the art and science of psychology. As a tenured Professor at the University of Florida, she teaches the Psychology of Human Sexuality to hundreds of undergraduate students each year. She also teaches and mentors graduate students, helping them find their own niche as psychologists. Dr. Mintz has published over 50 research articles in academic journals and six chapters in academic books. She has received numerous professional and teaching awards, and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Mintz is the author of two popular and highly acclaimed books—both written with the aim of empowering women sexually: Becoming Cliterate: Why Orgasm Equality Matters and How to Get it (HarperOne, 2017) and A Tired Woman’s Guide to Passionate Sex: Reclaim Your Desire and Reignite Your Relationship (Adams Media, 2009). With this same goal of providing scientifically-accurate, sex-positive information to enhance female pleasure, Dr. Mintz also writes a popular Psychology Today blog. She also gives presentations and workshops to professionals and lay audiences and is often quoted in national and international mediaFor over 25 years, Dr. Mintz has also maintained a small private practice. One of her greatest honors is to help clients reach their goals and to live fuller, more authentic lives.

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Michelle_Hirschman_bioTherapeutic Benefits of Coaches and Companions In Early Treatment of Sex and Love Addiction

by Michelle Hirschman, LCSW

Friday, August 18th, 2017

1:15pm – 2:30pm

FREE CEU LECTURE!
1 CEU available

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In this presentation, you will learn about the therapeutic benefits that coaches and companions can have with your clients whom suffer from Sex and Love addiction.  The industry of coaches and companions is unregulated, which has created harm to some of the people in need of support as these individuals lack the proper training to provide adequate and useful services. However, there is a new emergence of companies hiring credentialed workers and/or providing supervision to their coach’s/companions by a licensed worker.

You’ll learn the usefulness of such support and the timing of when to refer one of these workers will be discussed, the differences between the various types of coach’s and companions, how to screen for an ethical coach and companion, the differentiation between therapist, coach, companion, and case manager as well as the benefits of having a collaborative team approach with clients in early recovery.

Michelle Hirschman, LCSW, is a clinical professional with a deep understanding of the complexities of various types of addictions and mental health issues. Her work has ranged from clinical work at treatment centers in California, to the town of Ho in Ghana, and Hanoi, Vietnam. Michelle created the concept of “My Sober Coach,” which was designed to bridge the gap between treatment and independent living, with the focus being on continued life skills development. Michelle’s company has been helping clients in the greater Los Angeles area and abroad for 14 years.

This lecture takes
place at Center for Healthy Sex

RSVP to charlie@centerforhealthysex.com


Mirror of Intimacy

Mirror of Intimacy webinar series
September 11, 2017, 12 noon (PST)

Interactive webinar with Alexandra Katehakis, MFT, CST-S, CSAT-S on the theme of Equilibrium from our award-winning daily meditation book “Mirror of Intimacy”

Our Mirror of Intimacy webinars now take place on Facebook Live! To view the webinar, simply like our page on Facebook and log on to Facebook at 12pm PT on September 4, and you’ll see an announcement that the live event is starting. If you have any questions, please e-mail charlie@centerforhealthysex.com.


CHS-GiselleThe Sex Expert webinar series
September 8, 2017, 12 noon (PST)

Interactive webinar with Giselle Jones, LCSW, MSW, CSAT-C, CMF, on  Everyday Mindful Intimacy

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Whether single or in relationship, we can constantly develop our intimacy skills. Our bodies are constantly speaking to us. Join Giselle to explore some accessible ways to invite your body to speak, and how to listen to it and that of your partners.

Giselle Jones is a Clinical Associate at Center for Healthy Sex treating women, men and couples with sexual, relational and functional issues. Giselle is a graduate of the annual Sex Addiction Treatment Training course at Center for Healthy Sex. Following a career in entertainment and creative education, she worked as a staff therapist at Didi Hirsch Mental Health services specializing in behavioral issues, depression, anxiety and trauma recovery. Giselle achieved her Master’s degree in Social Welfare at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and was the recipient of both the Jannette Alexander Award for clinical excellence from the CA Society of Clinical Social Work and UCLA’s Shapiro Merit Award. Throughout her final year at UCLA, Giselle practiced psychotherapy interning at the Kaiser Permanente Department of Outpatient Psychiatry, implementing cross-model training to serve a diverse caseload of children and families, adolescents, couples, adults, seniors and LGBTQI individuals. She has facilitated groups, including those focused on treating depression, anxiety and couples. Giselle is passionate about integrating body-mind wellness, and is both a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator (CMF) from UCLA’s Semel’s Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior and a 200-hour level certified Hatha Yoga Instructor with practice in leading asana and breath meditation.

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BTS Site Graphic (1)Behind the Scenes at Center for Healthy Sex

Free Event!

Learn about employment opportunities, our apprenticeship program, upcoming trainings and other special events!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

9:00am – 10:30am

Hosted by Alex Katehakis, Clinical Director and Douglas Evans, Executive Director

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We’re opening our doors to the public, granting an inside look at our wellness treatment facility and showcasing what a future at Center For Healthy Sex could look like for you. Whether you’re a sexual health professional looking to gain some insight about our clinical approach and practices, or if you’re just curious about what it is we really do here, you are welcome to join us for a 90 minute information session led by our Clinical Director, Dr. Alexandra Katehakis as well as our Executive Director, Douglas Evans. In this session, we’ll be discussing employment opportunities, our apprenticeship program, training, special events, and more!

This event will take place at Center for Healthy Sex, 10700 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025.

To RSVP please e-mail charlie@centerforhealthysex.com.


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by Marty Simpson, MFT, CSAT, CDWF

Friday, September 15th, 2017

1:15pm – 2:30pm

FREE CEU LECTURE!
1 CEU available

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Martha “Marty” Simpson, LMFT, CSAT, CDWF has extensive experience in the field of sex addiction treatment. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, and a Certified Daring Way® Facilitator in private practice. Trained in the Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT-2), the Association for Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS), Principals of Group Psychotherapy training with The Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles (GPALA), EMDR, and Pat Ogden’s Sensorimotor Processing, a somatic & attachment based trauma training, Marty has a specialty working with partners of Sex Addicts and Couples in Recovery.

This lecture takes
place at Center for Healthy Sex

RSVP to charlie@centerforhealthysex.com


Mirror of Intimacy

Mirror of Intimacy webinar series
October 9, 2017, 12 noon (PST)

Interactive webinar with Alexandra Katehakis, MFT, CST-S, CSAT-S on the theme of Seduction from our award-winning daily meditation book “Mirror of Intimacy”

Our Mirror of Intimacy webinars now take place on Facebook Live! To view the webinar, simply like our page on Facebook and log on to Facebook at 12pm PT on October 2, and you’ll see an announcement that the live event is starting. If you have any questions, please e-mail charlie@centerforhealthysex.com.


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2-Day Sex Therapy Training Course at SASH!
October 3-4, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

Led by CHS Clinical Director Alexandra Katehakis, this intermediate, 15-hour sex therapy training program is designed for professionals interested in gaining a deeper understanding of sex therapy and ways to incorporate it into their practice. Additionally, participants receive 15% off their SASH registration fees!

For more information or to register online, click here!


Debra Kaplan Low ResThe Sex Expert webinar series
October 13th, 2017, 12 noon (PST)

Interactive webinar with Debra Kaplan, MA, MBA, LPC, CSAT-S, on  For Love and Money: Exploring Sex, Money and Power in Relationships

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Relationship conflicts involving sex and money may be an unavoidable occurrence but become particularly complex and potentially volatile when they involve sexual and financial betrayal. Tensions concerning sexual health and/or sexual addiction may take center stage in relationships, yet studies repeatedly indicate that disagreements about money are by far and away the greatest stressor on a relationship and the strongest predictor for divorce. After closing a successful chapter on Wall Street, Ms. Kaplan merged her fascination with narcissism, power and control with her studies in psychology. For over a decade, Ms. Kaplan has been a licensed psychotherapist author and speaker treating problems related to sex addiction, money, and relationships. Drawing upon her years on Wall Street where power and control are legendary, Debra lends her clinical expertise to successfully treat this potentially complex triumvirate of clinical issues.

Join Debra for this illuminating For Love and Money© webinar. Learn how to connect the dots of sex, money and power, identify your relational currency and create balance in your romantic relationship. 

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SA Training Program Fall 2017Sex Addiction Treatment Training Program

Saturdays, Oct. 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, and Dec. 2

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Over the course of six classes you will gain a comprehensive overview of the following clinical topics:

  • Definition and etiology of sex addiction
  • Neuropsychobiological processes and attachment styles related to sex addiction
  • Assessment and diagnosis of sex addiction and co-occurring disorders
  • Strategies for implementing effective treatment plans and protocols for sex addiction
  • Common errors to avoid when treating sex addiction
  • Disclosure preparation for the recovering sex addict and partner
  • Effective strategies for couples in recovery
  • Strategic reinstatement of healthy sexuality into the life of recovering sex addict and partner

Six Class Course:

$725 for Licensed Professionals (18 CEUs for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs)

$575 for Non-Licensed Interns

Click here for more information, or call 310-843-9902 to register.


Restoration of Trust in Recovering Couples: A New Model from Drs. Bill and Ginger Bercaw

by Ginger Bercaw, PsyD, CSAT, CST and Bill Bercaw, PsyD, CSAT, CST

Friday, October 20, 2017

1:15pm – 2:30pm

FREE CEU LECTURE!
1 CEU available

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Drs. Bill and Ginger Bercaw are Clinical Psychologists specializing in relationships and sexual issues. They are the only married, doctoral-level, Clinical Psychologist relationship experts holding certifications in both Sex Therapy (CST) and Sexual Addiction (CSAT). The Bercaws are the Founding Directors of the California Center for Healing, Inc., a psychological practice in Pasadena, CA, that specializes in treating sexual dissatisfaction/dysfunction, marital dissatisfaction, codependence, emotional trauma resolution, sexual addiction, and spouses & partners of sex addicts. The Bercaws have recently published two books: From the Living Room to the Bedroom: Six Steps to Lasting Intimacy and Sexual Abundance (May, 2011) is their much anticipated resource for today’s busy couples seeking to rekindle passion and connection in a realistic, practical and sustainable manner. The Couple’s Guide to Intimacy: How Sexual Reintegration Therapy Can Help Your Relationship Heal (October, 2010) presents the highly effective new treatment modality they developed, Sexual Reintegration Therapy. These resources have been endorsed as groundbreaking by many leaders and best-selling authors in the field.

This lecture takes
place at Center for Healthy Sex

RSVP to charlie@centerforhealthysex.com


Mirror of Intimacy

Mirror of Intimacy webinar series
October 9, 2017, 12 noon (PST)

Interactive webinar with Alexandra Katehakis, MFT, CST-S, CSAT-S on the theme of Seduction from our award-winning daily meditation book “Mirror of Intimacy”

Our Mirror of Intimacy webinars now take place on Facebook Live! To view the webinar, simply like our page on Facebook and log on to Facebook at 12pm PT on October 2, and you’ll see an announcement that the live event is starting. If you have any questions, please e-mail charlie@centerforhealthysex.com.


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