Many couples have underlying addictive patterns, often unrecognized by one or both in the couple.
It could be addictions to drugs, alcohol,
pornography, sexual acting out, workaholism,
withholding intimacy, eating disorders, etc. These are all barriers to true intimacy. I work to help
clients recognize and develop true intimacy –
emotional, relational, sexual. As a Certified Sexual Addiction Recovery therapist I work extensively with couples battling against and recovering from sexual addictions and Intimacy Anorexia as well as other substances. The evidence based research on how to work with these couples integrates the Gottman method research, as well as research on addiction recovery processes.