Deborah Schiller, MSC, LPC, CSAT
- Master of Science in Early Childhood Education degree from Stanford University and over two decades working with young children and their parents.
- Master of Science in Counseling degree from the University of South Alabama.
- Internship at The Meadows working under Dr. Patrick Carnes and Pia Melody in sexual addiction, sexual anorexia, and co-dependancy
- Post-graduate work at the University of Southern Mississippi in Child and Family Studies.
- The Meadows: personality, sexual disorders, and addiction interaction.
- The Professional Enhancement Program at Pine Grove Behavioral: disruptive professionals, addiction interaction, and personality and sexual disorders.
- Gentle Path at Pine Grove Behavioral working with Dr. Patrick Carnes: sexual addiction, sexual anorexia, co-sex addiction, and addiction interaction.
Armed with the information I glean from the assessment tools, I will devise a treatment plan suited for your unique needs. This plan may include any of the following:
- Reading and written assignments
- Individual and/or group therapy
- Experiential trauma resolution exercises
- Art therapy
- Couple’s and family counseling
- 12-step program involvement
- Core Dialog Query
- Ego State Exercises
- Phone therapy
Is This for You?
According to Dr. Patrick Carnes (sexhelp.com) sexual addiction is defined as any sexually-related, compulsive behavior which interferes with normal living and causes severe stress on family, friends, loved ones, and one’s work environment. It completely dominates and becomes the organizing principle of the addict’s life. These individuals are willing to sacrifice what they cherish most in order to preserve and continue their unhealthy behaviors. No single behavior pattern defines sexual addiction. These behaviors, when they have taken control of addicts’ lives and become unmanageable, include: compulsive masturbation, compulsive heterosexual and homosexual relationships, anonymous encounters, pornography, prostitution, exhibitionism, voyeurism, indecent phone calls, chat rooms and phone sex, cybersex, child molesting, incest, rape and violence. Even the healthiest forms of human sexual expression can turn into self-defeating behaviors when compulsive.
If you are reading this, you have probably had to admit that, without help you have not been able change some unhealthy pattern of behavior. Perhaps the relationships in your life are not what you want them to be, or the time and energy you put into work is out of balance with the other aspects of your life. Your spiritual life may be suffering, or you may not be taking care of your physiological or financial needs. You may engage in a compulsive behavior that affects all these areas.
Although just thinking about it may feel overwhelming, simply admitting that you need help and taking the first step towards recovery shows remarkable strength and courage.