What is Sex Addiction?

Sexual addiction is defined as any sexually-related, compulsive behavior which interferes with normal living and causes severe stress on family, friends, loved ones, and possibly one’s work environment. Sex addiction is essentially an intimacy disorder that results in cycles of avoidance, acting out and deep shame.

Approximately 6-10 million men suffer from an addiction to pornography or other sexual addictions. The Internet (apps, social media, etc) has made it much easier for individuals to anonymously hook-up as well as obtain addictive sexual content including pornography and chat rooms.

We believe the main issue of sexually compulsive behavior is not the need for sex, rather, it is to control and avoid relational pain and emotional and/or spiritual wounds.

What is a Men’s Sex Addiction Intensive?

A Men’s Sex Addiction intensive is customized to meet the specific needs and goals of the client and to help provide them treatment that includes a roadmap to freedom from their unwanted sexual addiction.

The intensive counseling process helps the client to break out of emotional and spiritual isolation and shame. Some other benefits of treatment include identification of the root cause of addiction, identification and treatment of unresolved trauma, emotional and spiritual restoration, along with a clear roadmap, tools and resources for the continued road to recovery.

What is the format for a Men’s Sex Addiction Intensive?

An intensive format differs from traditional counseling and can provide a client much more “traction” in a shorter timeframe as they navigate their way out of the addiction.

Typically, this intensive is structured so that an individual client meets with either Sean McDonald OR Vance Crow on 3 consecutive days which will usually be a Wednesday thru a Friday with Saturdays occasionally being an option based on availability. Sean and Vance are both Certified Sexual Addiction Therapists (CSAT) and one of them will meet with the client for approximately 3 to 3.5 hours of therapy per day for 3 consecutive days which is the equivalent of approximately 3 months of weekly therapy.

The 3 to 3.5 hour blocks are typically between 7a and 6p on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays depending on Sean and Vance's schedule and availability.

A 30 minute phone consultation takes place before the intensive to assign “pre-work” to the participant and a very thorough online sexual assessment is included in the fee.

Daily tasks are also assigned during the intensive and it is strongly encouraged that the participant complete the work outside of the therapy sessions to maximize the benefit of the counseling process. There will also be many recommended resources given to the client before and during therapy such as podcasts, book recommendations, and articles that will help with recovery.

Who should attend a Men’s Sexual Addiction Intensive?

Men, ages 18 and older, who desire to experience life-changing emotional and spiritual restoration from their compulsive behaviors, shame and isolation.

What is the cost and accommodations for a Men’s Sexual Addiction Intensive?

The fee is $2700 and that includes the 3 days of therapy along with a few online assessments that we ask that you take prior to starting the intensive.

A $250 non-refundable deposit is required at the time the intensive is booked and the remaining balance is due 21 days before the intensive. Please note that cancellations can be made up to 21 days before the scheduled intensive and only the $250 deposit will be forfeited.

We accept cash, check, or credit card. Please note that insurance companies generally do not cover intensives but we will be happy to provide you with a receipt for tax purposes.

If you live outside of Northwest Arkansas, please be aware that lodging, transportation, and accommodations are NOT included in the fee. All the intensives take place at our office in Springdale and we do have several hotels right next to our counseling center that you can stay in.

Our office is located approximately 30 minutes from the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport so it is very easy to UBER or taxi to our location.

What are some other important things I should know about the intensive?

We realize that participating in an intensive requires a significant investment of your time and resources. That being said, we do our best to facilitate a comfortable environment that promotes safety, security, vulnerability and authenticity. Your confidentiality and growth is very important to us! We believe this type of environment is essential to help you maximize the benefit of your investment.

Who should I contact to learn more about or schedule an intensive?

You can email Sean McDonald, Owner and Clinical Director, at sean@waterstonecounseling.com or call our office at 479-202-6300 and leave a VM letting us know that you are interested in an intensive and we will get back with you quickly.

Waterstone Counseling Center is a full-service family counseling practice that provides a wide range of services for individuals, couples, and families in Northwest Arkansas. » Contact us to learn more