Barbara Steffens, PhD, LPCC, CCSAS, BCC, CCPS, CPC
Counselor, Coach, Consultant, Trainer, Speaker & Author
Dr. Barbara Steffens has specialized in the area of sexual addiction and providing help for the partners of sexual addicts since 1999. At her practice in Cincinnati, Ohio, Safe Passages Counseling, she provides individual and group counseling, as well as coaching for partners of sexual addicts.
Her book, Your Sexually Addicted Spouse: How Partners Can Cope and Heal (Steffens & Means, 2009), co-authored with Marsha Means, MA, is dramatically affecting change in the lives of those who are victims and the professionals who are trained to serve them. Published by New Horizon Press it’s now in its third printing.
In 2011, along with a small group of like-minded mental health professionals she founded the non-profit APSATS, the Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists, dedicated to the professional training and certification, public education, research, and advocacy for treatment of sex addiction-induced trauma.
Speaking at international and national conferences on sexual addiction, and educating her peers on the traumatic effects disclosure of this addiction has on the partner, she is a recognized expert in this field.
Her unpublished dissertation, The Effects of Disclosure of Sexual Addiction, and subsequent co-authorship of The Traumatic Nature of Disclosure for Wives of Sex Addicts have made a significant impact on the dialogue about and treatment of spouses of sexual addicts.
Doctorate in Counselor Education & Supervision, Regent University, 2005
Master of Education in Agency and Community Counseling, Xavier University, 1991
B.A. in Human Services, College of Mt. St. Joseph, 1988
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in Ohio
Certified Clinical Sexual Addiction Specialist (CCSAS)
Board Certified Coach (BCC)
Certified Clinical Partner Specialist (CCPS) and Certified Partner Coach (CPC) through APSATS
Certified Supervising Counselor (Ohio) for counseling professionals and counselors in training
International Association of Certified Christian Sexual Addiction Specialists, credentialed to provide Sexual Addiction Specialist supervision
Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Treatment Specialists (APSATS), President
International Association of Certified Sexual Addiction Specialists (IACSAS), Executive Board
In addition to excellent reviews for her co-authored book (from Library Journal, Foreword Reviews, and hundreds of readers), she has been interviewed on radio and television, for websites, and professional journals.