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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. Katehakis presents not only a well-rounded discussion of the issue–integrating topics such as attachment patterns, brain development, trauma history, as well as neurophysiological factors–but ends by presenting a holistic treatment model. Treatment implications are explained, and case histories demonstrate the validity of a holistic treatment approach.

Published by the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology.

Sex Addiction as Affect Dysregulation – An Overview, By Chapter

PART ONE: UNDERSTANDING SEX ADDICTION: Terms, Etiology, Mechanisms, and Effects

Chapter 1
History, Debates and Definitions: The Evolving Field of Sex Addiction
Chapter 2
Basic Neurophysiology of Attachment and Affect Regulation
Chapter 3
Etiology, Mechanisms, and Effects of Addiction
Chapter 4
Individual, Familial, and Cultural Factors Perpetuating Sex Addiction


Chapter 5
Presentation and Initial Assessment of Sex Addiction
Chapter 6
Holistic Treatment Goals and Protocols for Body, Brain, and Relationship
Chapter 7
First Steps: Extinguishing Addictive Behaviors Using PASAT
Chapter 8
Healing Underlying Trauma Using PASAT
Chapter 9
Epilogue: Restoring Social, Sexual, and Spiritual Relationality
Chapter 10
Conclusions and Applications: How Public Policy Can Protect and Nourish Relational Health

Alexandra Katehakis, Founding Director of Center for Healthy Sex, participated in the Annual Interpersonal Neurobiology Conference on March 14, 2014 in Los Angeles, California at UCLA Ackerman Grand Ballroom.
Celebrating 20 years of innovative work by Allan Schore, the year’s theme was “Affect Regulation & Healing of the Self.” It was an exciting weekend, starting with the first day’s roster which included Daniel Siegel, Drew Pinsky, Diane Winston, Christopher Kennedy Lawford and Alex Katehakis.
Alexandra Katehakis, MFT, CSAT-S, CST-S, gave a presentation Friday, March 14th, 2014, titled “Sex Addiction as Affect Dysregulation: A Holistic Healing Model.” The recording is available below.


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