Is it possible to work with an online CSAT therapist for sex addiction recovery?
Many CSAT therapists offer services over Zoom online. It’s convenient for some people to do therapy from home, or even from their car during a break from work. Some people have anxiety at the thought of physically going to a therapist’s office for therapy. Some people live in a small town and either don’t have local access to a qualified CSAT or are concerned about sharing their private information with someone that could be a friend of a friend. Often therapists are only allowed to do therapy within state lines where they are licensed. We offer therapy for clients in the state of Utah and therapeutic coaching for clients outside the state of Utah. We offer our coaching clients the same quality service as our therapy clients.
What is a CSAT?
A CSAT therapist is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist. These therapists are adeptly trained and certified to assist individuals grappling with sex addiction and correlated challenges. They’ve undergone an intensive training program devised by the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP), arming them with the acumen and expertise to efficaciously aid clients in their battles against sex addiction, ushering them towards enduring recovery. CSAT therapists also immerse themselves in perpetual education, ensuring they remain abreast with the freshest research and therapeutic methodologies in the domain of sex addiction therapy. CSATs are the vanguards in sex addiction treatment.
What kind of therapy does a CSAT do?
The training CSAT’s do focuses on the 30 task model created by Patrick Carnes. The 30 Task Model, designed by Dr. Patrick Carnes, is a treatment model for sex addiction recovery. It comprises 30 tasks divided into three sections: early recovery tasks, long-term recovery tasks, and relational/family recovery tasks. These tasks are explored in Carnes‘ workbooks and are not necessarily completed in order. The tasks share similarities with the 12 Steps program, providing a roadmap for treatment and recovery from sex and love addiction. The model can be used as a reference point during recovery and as a self-assessment tool for continued growth. The first task, breaking through denial, is crucial as it requires the individual to face the reality of their addiction and its destructive power. Practical steps for task one include taking addiction-related assessments, listing problems and consequences, identifying secrets, recognizing denial, sharing the story with someone, checking the story with others, and repeating the process throughout recovery.
A good CSAT therapist also utilizes other of the most effective therapy modalities. Some of these include:
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy): A therapy modality that focuses on identifying and changing negative thought patterns and behaviors associated with sex addiction, helping individuals develop healthier coping strategies.
- ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy): A therapeutic approach that encourages clients to accept their urges and emotions related to sex addiction, while committing to values-based actions that promote personal growth and well-being.
- IFS (Internal Family Systems): A therapy modality that explores the different “parts” or aspects of an individual’s psyche, helping them understand and heal the internal conflicts that contribute to sex addiction.
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing): A therapy technique that utilizes bilateral stimulation to help clients process and reframe traumatic memories and experiences related to sex addiction, reducing their emotional intensity and negative impact.
How much does it cost to work with an online CSAT therapist?
Hourly rates often can range from $125 to $200 or more. One beef some people have is that a traditional CSAT counselor may tell you that therapy for 3-5 years is required. At $150 per week for five years that adds up to over $30,000! When you consider that the betrayed wife also needs therapy and that the couple should do marriage counseling together, that can really add up. We believe in a more focused approach. Our clients usually improve and depend less on the therapist in less than half that timeline.
To encapsulate, online CSAT therapy furnishes a tangible and expedient avenue for souls endeavoring to heal from sex addiction. Blessed with the presence of certified and astutely trained therapists, clients can tap into specialized care tailored to their distinctive needs and scenarios. The employment of a medley of therapeutic techniques, such as CBT, ACT, IFS, and EMDR, guarantees a holistic strategy in confronting the root causes of sex addiction. While therapy expenditures might be a potential deterrent, a pinpointed approach can usher clients towards enduring recovery in a compressed span, rendering the financial commitment justifiable. By championing the ease and ubiquity of online therapy, individuals at loggerheads with sex addiction can embark on a momentous journey towards convalescence and self-enhancement, unbounded by geography or personal predicaments.
Rob Terry is a therapist for clients in Utah and coach for clients outside of Utah and across the globe. He specializes in sex addiction recovery for individuals and couples. He integrates the CSAT, OCSB, and Minwalla models for individual recovery and Gottman Method, RLT, and ERCEM for couples recovery. He is betrayal trauma informed. His therapy modalities are IFS, ACT, CBT, EMDR, and Attachment Theory.