Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Candidate (CSAT®)
Founded by renowned therapist Dr. Patrick Carnes, the CSAT® (Certified Sex Addiction Therapist) program was developed after years of extensive experience in the field of addiction.
As a CSAT Candidate, our focus is to help you work on the sexual compulsivity and any other sexual behaviors you may be encountering. Please see the information from the World Health Organization regarding compulsive sexual behaviors to provide additional clarity and guidance.
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What is Sexual Compulsivity?
The World Health Organization (WHO) provides the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as a global diagnostic standard for identifying and coding health information. According to WHO, compulsive sexual behavior disorder (CSBD) is a type of impulse control disorder characterized by a persisting pattern of failed attempts to control sexual impulses or urges resulting in repetitive sexual behaviors lasting over an extended period of time (at least 6 months). Possible symptoms identified for a person suffering from compulsive sexual behavior disorder include, but are not limited to, preoccupation with sexual activities to the detriment of personal health, interests, and responsibilities; numerous failed attempts to reduce sexual behaviors; and continued engagement in sexual activities despite harmful impact or negative consequences to self and/or others. Compulsive sexual behavior disorder can cause significant distress and diminished ability to function within a variety of important areas, such as work, school, family, relationships, or personal care. It is important to note that the distress characterized by this disorder cannot be solely based on a person’s moral beliefs or judgment about sexual impulses, urges, or behaviors.