Sex addiction, also known as sexual compulsion and sexual dependency, describes any sexual activity that feels “out of control”.

A sex addict feels compelled to seek out and engage in sexual behaviour and may spend an excessive amount of time planning, engaging in and recovering from their chosen sexual activity.And in spite of the problems it may cause to their relationships, family, social and work lives they feel unable to stop their behaviour.Or at least, unable to stay stopped.

Sexual behaviours can cover any single or multiple types of sexual behaviour. Examples may include:

Porn addiction

Compulsive masturbation

Multiple affairs



Telephone sex


Chat room/online sex


If you’re unsure if the above description fits you or someone you know, who you think may be a sex addict, click here to complete a simple diagnostic tool.

Further reading 

‘Understanding and Treating Sex and Pornography Addiction’ by Paula Hall

‘Cruise Control:  Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men’ by Robert Weiss

‘Always Turned On: Sex Addiction in the Digital Age’ by Robert Weiss and Dr Jennifer Schneider


A Mind Map for Sex and Porn Addiction – Paula Hall

Your Brain on Porn – Gary Wilson


How does it begin?

Sex addiction therapy begins with an assessment to help you understand what the underlying causes behind your sex addiction are and helps me to create a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs and goals of therapy.  The initial appointment also provides you with the opportunities to ask any questions or address any anxieties you may have about therapy.

How many sessions do I need?

The number of sessions will depend on the history and severity of the sexual behaviours.