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Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T.
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Alexandra Katehakis, MFT, CST, CSAT, is the Founder and Clinical Director of Center for Healthy Sex in Los Angeles, where she and her staff successfully treat a spectrum of sexual disorders, ranging from issues of sexual desire and dysfunction to the treatment of sexual addiction. She is the author of Erotic Intelligence: Igniting Hot, Healthy Sex While in Recovery from Sex Addiction and co-author of Making Advances: A Comprehensive Guide for Treating Female Sex and Love Addicts. Alex serves as a Senior Fellow at The Meadows addiction treatment center, as a supervisory consultant to the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP), as well as a licensed marriage and family therapist, Certified Sex Therapist (CST), and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT). Alex is a supervisor of both of these certification programs and is dedicated to bridging the gap between sex therapy and sex addiction treatment. More information can be found on her website, centerforhealthysex.com.

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Love Avoidance: Dance Partner to Love Addiction

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 7:25 PM

Where the sex addict seeks to medicate his or her pain with episodes of sexual gratification and acting out, including promiscuity, using porn, exhibitionism or voyeurism, the love addict is more concerned with emotional gratification. The love addict seeks to get "high" through the intoxicating whirlwind of romance and relationships....

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What is a 'Clean' Breakup? (and How to Achieve One)

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 4:27 PM

The demise of a romantic relationship is a difficult experience for everyone, regardless of the reasons it is coming to an end. Even under the best-case scenarios where the decision to split up is mutual or merely logistical, there are very real physical and emotional consequences to separating....

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Is the Sexual Healing Movement the New Sexual Revolution?

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 11:49 AM

The great sexual revolution of the 1960s transformed a repressed, highly heteronormative culture still suffering from the entrenched, patriarchal mores of Victorianism and Freudism into a society of "free love." Birth control, contraception and the embrace of nudity and premarital sex changed the social landscape forever. Women gained the right...

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Cyberstalking: Fastest Growing Crime

(2) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 11:57 AM

Over the past few decades, our lives have become increasingly digitized. We do more things online than ever before: date, bank, shop, work, socialize, entertain ourselves. We are living in the Age of Convenience, which is both a cause of celebration, and a recipe for increased vulnerability. The shift to...

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The 2014 Best and Worst Sex List

(2) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 7:13 PM

Lack of sex education is "really a form of child abuse," according to Louisiana State Rep. Patricia Smith in our favorite statement of the year. Sadly, even schools that do offer sex ed usually only focus on a hasty exploration of biological developments, ignoring the complexity of psychological and relational...

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Sexism Affects Female Sex Addiction

(1) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 12:41 PM

Although women are still widely underrepresented in studies on addiction, we are gradually moving towards a culture that not only acknowledges their legitimate struggles with alcoholism, sex and love addiction and compulsive eating and/or spending, but also acknowledges the unique ways in which their behaviors and recovery patterns...

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When Sex Addicts Reveal Everything to Spouses

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 1:29 PM

There are several theories as to how and why sex addiction develops. Some say that early traumatic relationships in infancy or childhood create an intimacy disorder in the individual, which then manifests later in life as high-risk behavior, sexual compulsions, infidelity or an obsession with porn. Others describe it as...

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The Best and Worst Sex and Sexuality Stories of 2013

(5) Comments | Posted January 12, 2014 | 8:35 AM

"We need to allow ourselves the freedom to figure out what we internally want from sex instead of mimicking whatever popular culture holds up to us as sexy. That would be sexual liberation." -- Ariel Levy

It's that exciting time of the year as we're each privileged to consider our...

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Weekly Meditations for Healthy Sex (Dec. 27-Jan. 2)

(0) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 12:44 PM

It's vital for mindful acts of emotional and spiritual intimacy to steadily develop as a daily practice for healthy sex. To that end, Center for Healthy Sex has created daily meditations to help you reach your sexual and relational potential. (You can subscribe for free here.)...

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Weekly Meditations for Healthy Sex (Dec. 13-19)

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2013 | 9:48 PM

It's vital for mindful acts of emotional and spiritual intimacy to steadily develop as a daily practice for healthy sex. To that end, Center for Healthy Sex has created daily meditations to help you reach your sexual and relational potential. (You can subscribe for free here.)...

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Weekly Meditations for Healthy Sex (Dec. 6-12)

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 1:14 PM

It's vital for mindful acts of emotional and spiritual intimacy to steadily develop as a daily practice for healthy sex. To that end, Center for Healthy Sex has created daily meditations to help you reach your sexual and relational potential. (You can subscribe for free here.)...

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Weekly Meditations for Healthy Sex (Nov. 29 - Dec. 5)

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 12:07 PM

It's vital for mindful acts of emotional and spiritual intimacy to steadily develop as a daily practice for healthy sex. To that end, Center for Healthy Sex has created daily meditations to help you reach your sexual and relational potential. (You can subscribe for free here.)...

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Weekly Meditations for Healthy Sex (Nov. 22-28)

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 12:42 PM

It's vital for mindful acts of emotional and spiritual intimacy to steadily develop as a daily practice for healthy sex. To that end, Center for Healthy Sex has created daily meditations to help you reach your sexual and relational potential. (You can subscribe for free here.)...

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Weekly Meditations for Healthy Sex (Nov. 15 - 21)

(1) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 3:17 PM

It's vital for mindful acts of emotional and spiritual intimacy to steadily develop as a daily practice for healthy sex. To that end, Center for Healthy Sex has created daily meditations to help you reach your sexual and relational potential. (You can subscribe for free here.)...

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Weekly Meditations for Healthy Sex (Nov. 8-14)

(2) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 1:22 PM

It's vital for mindful acts of emotional and spiritual intimacy to steadily develop as a daily practice for healthy sex. To that end, I've co-authored a book of daily meditations titled Mirror of Intimacy with a colleague at Center for Healthy Sex to help you reach your sexual...

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Weekly Meditations for Healthy Sex (Nov. 1-7)

(1) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 3:07 PM

It's vital for mindful acts of emotional and spiritual intimacy to steadily develop as a daily practice for healthy sex. To that end, I've co-authored a book of daily meditations titled Mirror of Intimacy with a colleague at Center for Healthy Sex to help you reach your sexual...

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Weekly Meditations for Healthy Sex (Oct. 25-31)

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 5:04 PM

It's vital for mindful acts of emotional and spiritual intimacy to steadily develop as a daily practice for healthy sex. To that end, I've co-authored a book of daily meditations titled Mirror of Intimacy with a colleague at Center for Healthy Sex to help you reach your sexual...

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Weekly Meditations for Healthy Sex (Oct. 18-24)

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2013 | 10:09 AM

It's vital for mindful acts of emotional and spiritual intimacy to steadily develop as a daily practice for healthy sex. To that end, I've co-authored a book of daily meditations titled Mirror of Intimacy with a colleague at Center for Healthy Sex to help you reach your sexual...

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Weekly Meditations for Healthy Sex (Oct. 11-17)

(1) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 2:43 PM

It's vital for mindful acts of emotional and spiritual intimacy to steadily develop as a daily practice for healthy sex. To that end, I've co-authored a book of daily meditations titled Mirror of Intimacy with a colleague at Center for Healthy Sex to help you reach your sexual...

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Weekly Meditations for Healthy Sex (Oct. 4-10)

(1) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 12:42 PM

It's vital for mindful acts of emotional and spiritual intimacy to steadily develop as a daily practice for healthy sex. To that end, I've co-authored a book of daily meditations titled Mirror of Intimacy with a colleague at Center for Healthy Sex to help you reach your sexual...

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