We understand that getting help can feel like a very big step

Sexual Addiction

If you’re looking at this it might be because you have concerns about your own behavior or that of someone close to you.  Below is some information to help you think about this issue and whether talking to us might be helpful.

So, what is sexual addiction?  Well, this is a term given to any one of a variety of sexual behaviours, including use of the internet which have become compulsive and may now be adversely affecting your life.

At Relate we understand that having a sexual addiction can feel and be devastating for those involved or connected.  But how can you tell if some behaviours amount to an addiction?

Below are some questions designed to help you think about whether this maybe an issue for you or someone close. 

If you have a look through and want to know more, we’ll tell you about our service for helping people begin their recovery from sexually addictive behaviours.  We know that saying ‘yes’ to any of the questions can feel difficult but this can often be the first step to getting help and making changes.

Basically, if it’s a ‘yes’ to any of these, you may find it helpful to come and talk to us.  Our expertise in relationships means we completely understand the damage that any of these behaviours can do to you, to family, to friends.

And, you’re not alone.  Sexual addiction is an increasingly common problem.  Many people find an outlet for feelings of stress, shame, low self esteem and anxiety through a variety of behaviours which eventually feel out of control and difficult to stop.

At Relate Oxfordshire we can offer a range of services to help people begin the long journey towards healthy sexual choices.

Our group for people either actively engaged in addictive sexual behaviours or those who want additional help to stay stopped is a sixteen week, twenty four session series of weekly meetings which includes a non residential week end. During that time we help each member:

We understand that people can feel very worried about bringing problems like this to a group but we also know that the support of the group and therapists can be a key ingredient to recovery and maintenance of change.

If you get in touch, we’ll ask you to come to an initial consultation with one of our specially trained team.  Together, you can decide if joining the group might be helpful and explore other resources that could help too.

We are not currently running groups for those who may be dealing with a partner's sex addiction but we can offer an initial consultation and possible ongoing counselling to help you to learn more about sexually compulsive behaviour and think about healthy choices for yourself and your relationship.

These services are provided by experienced psycho-sexual and relationship therapists all of whom have undertaken further training in the treatment of and recovery from sexual addiction and abide by the British Association of Sexual and Relationship Therapy code of ethics.

So finally...

We understand that getting help can feel like a very big step, especially if you’ve never told anyone else, but if you want to talk about it now, please get in touch.  Contact Alison on 01865 242960 and she will answer any preliminary questions, including our charges, before you decide whether to make an appointment to see one of our therapists.

It’s a big first step.  If you want, we’re here to help you take it.

Our Services

So, what is sexual addiction?  Well, this is a term given to any one of a variety of sexual behaviours, including use of the internet which have become compulsive and may now be adversely affecting your life.

This service is provided by experienced psycho-sexual and relationship therapists all of whom have undertaken further training in the treatment of and recovery from sexual addiction.


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