Early attachment difficulties often lead to out-of-control sexual behaviors (OCSB). These difficulties often result from one or more trauma(s), including sexual, physical and/or emotional abuse, parental addiction or other mental health issues, familial stressors such as financial hardship, divorce, object loss and types of marginalization and/or discrimination. Such experiences can lead to emotional neglect and OCSB is one way people respond to and cope with this neglect. We find it helpful when working with people suffering from OCSB to understand the behavior as an attempt to soothe attachment trauma that eventually backfires, causing more problems.
When treating OCSB, we recommend intensive, multiple-sessions-per-week individual therapy, and/or combined individual and group therapy. This aggressive approach makes possible a deep, long-term recovery by exposing, addressing and healing the effects of early ruptures, making it possible to understand and move beyond these traumas.
Combining individual and group treatment reveals individual attachment issues in group, where a trained therapist facilitates change, repair and growth. The therapist supports the client by encouraging risk-taking in the group experience. Additionally, the therapist helps the client process group experiences in individual therapy. Each treatment enhances and reinforces the other.
The SAT Project is committed to helping each client find an individual path to a longer-term recovery process. Recovery is more than just ameliorating symptoms of OCSB – it is healing the wounds that gave rise to symptoms.