As I approach this Thanksgiving, I am so grateful for many things in my life. Professionally, my gratitude list is growing every day! I am so grateful for the work that I have been called to, and grateful for my colleagues, clients, and friends like each of you who in one way or another partner with me in this work.
Here is just a brief listing of things I am thankful for today!
I am now President of the Board of the Association for Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS). We will be training and certifying treatment professionals in the Trauma Model approach beginning in spring or early summer of 2013. Our first training will take place in Dallas, Texas, so watch for more news!
APSATS is an incredible group of professionals committed to excellence in responding to the needs of partners of sex addicts, as well as advocating for trauma awareness and treatment for all impacted by sex addiction. We expect to be working very hard this next year!
I will be speaking at the International Association of Certified Sex Addiction Specialist (IACSAS) conference in Nashville, TN in May 2013. This is a major conference on sex addiction that will take place at the Opryland Hotel.
My clinical practice has grown with many face-to-clients and intensives. I also have a thriving partner recovery coaching practice where I coach individuals and run partner recovery coaching groups. I also receive frequent emails or phone calls where I can provide encouragement, offer resource ideas, or provide one-time consultations to help people find the support and assistance they need.
An Encouraging Future
The message of how sex addiction impacts partners is spreading like wild fire with clinicians beginning to recognize and address the trauma experienced by so many! Books written specifically for partners are beginning to talk about and address the trauma, and therapists are beginning to incorporate this model into their treatment. There is much left to do, however, as every day I hear from partners who are unable to find a therapist in their community who respects their experiences, or who feel further injured by their counseling experiences. The professional treatment community continues to press for broader recognition of the condition of sex addiction or hyper- sexuality disorder, while those who have experienced it have no doubt of its reality! I can honestly say, there is a shift and it is moving in the right direction.
Thanks for your continued support, care, prayers and encouragement! May you have a meaningful and safe holiday season!