Help for individuals struggling with Out of Control Sexual Behavior, Hypersexuality or "Sex Addiction"

Hypersexuality or "sex addiction" is not actually a clinical diagnosis in the DSM (the U.S.'s clinical diagnostic manual). However, it's an idea that has gained popularity. It is also know as sexual compulsivity, sexual impulsivity, and out of control sexual behavior, among others.

Research shows the etiology (underlying cause) of concerns related to  "out of control" behavior is quite variable. Each person has a different mix of concerns that brought them to these behaviors. Hypersexuality is actually better seen as a symptom not a unified syndrome. Proper treatment for sexual addiction requires first and foremost proper diagnosis. Treatment then is individualized and unique to each person. Someone who's underlying concern is obsessive compulsive disorder will have a different course of treatment than a person who's underlying concern is major depressive disorder. 

Potential concerns that can lead to a diagnosis or contribute to out of control behavior include:



Dr. Minten is trained in mental health, clinical sexology, and addiction treatment.  ​In her treatment process you will receive an assessment to determine underlying concerns. Individual treatment plans, depending on your needs, may be a mix of interventions such as motivational interviewing, DBT, EMDR, existential, insight-oriented, family/relationship therapy. When relevant, a referral to a psychiatrist for medication could be adjunct therapy. A strong focus on emotions, which drive  behavior, will be a core aspect of treatment. Often additional sexual and mental health concerns co-exist with hypersexuality, and these additional sexual and mental health concerns will be treated as well. Our therapy is based on a definition of sexual health that acknowledges the fragility and diversity inherent in human sexuality:


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   Sexual health is a state of physical, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality. It requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence.
-World Health Organization