The American Association For Sex Addiction Therapy
Sex Addiction, Intimacy Anorexia, and Partners Recovery Training
We provide premiere training for counselors, coaches, and ministry partners who are dedicated to making the addiction recovery community better. Our remote, self-paced training programs count toward continuing education units (CEUs). The training materials are based on the most current clinical research, treatment methodologies, and recovery practices with cited research sources in the fields of sex addiction recovery and psychology.
About Douglas Weiss, Ph.D., The Founder of AASAT
Douglas Weiss, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist and the President of the American Association for Sex Addiction Therapy. He is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of sexual addiction, partners of sex addicts and intimacy anorexia. He has been counseling sexual addicts, spouses and family members for almost 30 years. He is the founder of the term "intimacy anorexia" and developed the treatment in this field of psychology. He has written several books on these subjects and his treatment of sexual addiction has been the focus of television movies and international documentaries. He also is a regular media guest and has appeared on Oprah, Dr. Phil, and many other shows. He is currently the Executive Director of Heart to Heart Counseling Center, located in Colorado Springs, CO.
AASAT Training Programs
Our certification and training programs are globally recognized as some of the best sex addiction training, partners recovery training, and intimacy anorexia training programs available to counseling professionals. We offer unique training and insight into the mindsets of people suffering from sex addiction and intimacy anorexia in addition to what their partners are feeling and how to help them heal. Get involved and help people change their lives for the better while strengthening your counseling practice.
Sex Addiction Certifications
The AASAT Sex Addiction Certifications demonstrate your understanding of sex addiction treatment. Properly treating sex addiction is a complex topic and involves understanding the neurological foundations, relapse strategies, behavioral patterns, possible comorbid elements, and individual assessments unique to every person undergoing treatment. Completing one of our sex addiction certifications proves that you are well equipped to handle the challenge.
Partners Recovery Certifications
The AASAT Partners Recovery Certifications are some of the few certification programs available that demonstrate your understanding and empathy towards partners of sex addicts. The partners training helps you validate partners pain, grief, and emotions. This lets you provide a full-treatment regime to help couples working through sexual addiction by working with both the person struggling with the addiction and their partner.
Intimacy Anorexia Certifications
The AASAT Intimacy Anorexia Certifications demonstrate your understanding of intimacy anorexia treatment. Having a lack of intimacy in a relationship can be very hard to address - especially when the partners or spouses don't know what is causing the disconnect or how to fix it! Gaining an intimacy anorexia certification allows you to heal broken relationships and help couples restore their relationships.
I am grateful to have been introduced to this program. Dr. Weiss is very easy to understand, and I am hoping to become more and more proficient in this area.
- Barb Gladue, MA, SRT
I simultaneously completed my Master's degree and the AASAT course in April of 2009. I opened a private practice in May of 2009 and set up supervision with Dr. Doug Weiss from July through December of that year. Upon fulfillment of the supervision, Dr. Weiss certified me as a sexual recovery therapist through AASAT. My goal was to provide well-informed and effective therapy to people struggling with sex addiction. The goal was accomplished and continues to be accomplished. The course and supervision provided invaluable knowledge and techniques that I have applied diligently in working with people. Results have been dramatic and rewarding. I have had the privilege of journeying with hundreds of people in their healing from sex addiction. In addition, the training helped me to work with the partners of sexually addicted people. As both husband and wife recover, marriages reconcile and I experience a deep sense of fulfillment in being part of the process. I would encourage anyone thinking about taking the course to put your thoughts into action. It is worth it! If anyone is taking this course in the Winnipeg, Manitoba area, let me know and we will team up to help more people in this province.
- Gerry Pettyjohn, BA, MA, SRT
The AASAT has been very helpful in further defining the approach I take with persons caught in the sex addiction web. The best approach that I have come upon and it fits with what I have learned over the years. The benefits have been many - I fit pieces of the training into other areas of counseling as well, eg. the 6 Behavior Structures for a healthy marriage relationship.
- Arnie Weber, MA, SRT