Heterosexism, shame, and judgment can do much harm when trying to heal from compulsive sexual behavior. At The SAT Project we are committed to providing LGBTQ-affirming therapy. We create a safe space to hear and validate your personal experiences. We recognize that struggles with sexual identity and a lack of LGBTQ role models for sex and relationships frequently impact life experience. If you grew up in a heterosexual environment, then you may have had fewer opportunities to date or be in relationships. Or that may not have been your experience at all. We strive to meet you exactly where you are on the path to self-acceptance. Through therapy you'll come to understand your compulsive behaviors and create goals around your definition of healthy sexuality, not someone else's.
We specialize in working with all aspects of sex therapy, including sexual dysfunctions and anxiety, obsessive thoughts and desires, desire discordance, and gender and orientation confusion. We welcome and have extensive experience working with a broad spectrum of individuals, including the transgender/gender non-conforming community and individuals with alternative lifestyles and sexualities.
Here are a few characteristics that LGBTQ folks with out-of-control sexual behavior struggle with:
You feel like your sexual behavior is compartmentalized and separate from intimacy
You feel that dating is anxiety evoking and so you avoid it and depend on anonymous sexual encounters to meet sexual needs or you do not address your sexual needs at all
You feel victim to sexualized culture, apps, and websites that do not reflect how you would like to explore intimacy
You feel too much focus on sexual performance as a way to feel "good enough" as a romantic partner
You feel too focused on issues of attractiveness and this interferes with your dating and intimacy
You feel too focused on body esteem rather than other aspects of self-esteem
You feel frightened and unskilled in negotiating closeness and connection with dating partners, so you avoid dating
You feel frightened and concerned about rejection which results in avoidance of dating
You focus too much on the acceptance and validation of others rather than your own interests and desires - i.e. in dating you chronically worry if someone likes you
You worry about intrusion and invasiveness with dating partners, so you remain alone as a solution
You feel sex has become coupled with drug use and you cannot tolerate connecting or being intimate without using substances