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Recovery from Sexual Addiction
Laaser, Ph.D. -
Counselor for Pornography and Sexual Addictions*
Dr. Mark Laaser is the
author of, Healing the Wounds of Sexual Addiction
(Zondervan, 2004) and
A L.I.F.E. Guide for Men: A Workbook for Living in Freedom Everyday
in Sexual Wholeness and Integrity (Xulon
A few days of intensive counseling will help
jump start the recovery process and perhaps save
six months of weekly counseling. The intensives
can be attended by individual men, or a husband
and wife together.
& 5-Day Workshops
These group workshops, composed of 20 to 50
men, are periodically scheduled throughout the year.
Like the intensives, many have found that the workshops
are helpful in moving forward the recovery process.
* Dr. Laaser, is an Evangelical
Protestant, who pledges to be respectful to Catholic
beliefs and moral teaching. He has worked with numerous
Catholics, including Catholic priests struggling
and True Ministries
6542 Regency Lane
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Debra Laaser, author of shattered vows, leads a valuable 3-day intensive workshop for spouses married to husbands with pornography addictions.
Perhaps an ideal support plan for a wife struggling with her husband's sexual addiction is to attend a 3-day intensive with Debra Laaser and following up by joining the online Catholic spouse's support group lead by Melissa Guzik (listed below.)
* Douglas Weiss, Ph.D.
Springs is reported to be a successful sexual addiction counselor.
Dr. Weiss, a former sex addict, knows firsthand
how overcome a sexual addiction. Many have found
the travel to Colorado worthwhile in order to obtain his
Dr. Weiss is
an Evangelical Protestant, so he will not hold to
all of the Catholic moral teaching. Nevertheless,
he will be respectful to your beliefs. We suggest
that you investigate his three-day intensive.
Jackson’s counseling sources has been
successfully used by Catholics struggling with sexual
addiction and intimacy issues. He is open to travel
to meet with couples to conduct his intensive 5-day,
twenty hour clinical workshop.
Bethesda Workshops - Counseling Intensives for Spouses of
Catholic Counselor Leading Spouse's Support Group
Melissa Guzik is a licensed therapist who leads an online Catholic spouse's support group for wives whose husbands have pornography and sexual addictions.
Special notice regarding Rev. Dr. John Mulvey
We are very sad to announce the death of Fr. John Mulvey who was a world leader in forming Catholic recover groups for pornography addictions. Fr. Mulvey led tele-conferencing groups for men and video-conferencing groups for spouses. He will be sorely missed.
Dr. Ed Peitler is a licensed professional counselor with a private evening practice near Beaufort/ Hilton Head, South Carolina. His practice includes treating alcohol and sexual addictions. He also does marriage counseling. Dr. Peitler is a Catholic permanent deacon in the Diocese of Charleston. You can contact him at: (843) 384-3967,
*Non-Catholic Counselors (reported to be respectful
of Catholic beliefs) Websites for Dr. Laaser, Dr.
Weiss and Rob Jackson require discernment but nevertheless
offer substantial help to individuals and families.
Discernment is also required for articles and books
not related to sexual addiction recovery.
You don’t have to be alone in the fight for sexual
Please remember that the final evaluation and decision
to use any counselor is your responsibility.
Counselor Training for Treating Pornography
and Sexual Addictions
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