SHAW Center for Healing provides expert affirmative therapy for LGBTQI individuals and their families in Austin, Texas.
All SHAW Center for Healing clinicians have expert knowledge, awareness, self-awareness, and specific skills to competently counsel LGBTQI+ individuals and their families.
LGBTQI+-Affirmative Therapy & Services
Affirmative therapy for LGBTQI+ individuals is based on the premise that LGBTQI and heterosexual identities are equally valid. LGBTQI+-affirmative therapy challenges oppressive stereotypes and systems of thought, and it celebrates and advocates for LGBTQI+ people and their relationships. All members of our clinical team, whether LGBTQI or heterosexual themselves, have expert knowledge, awareness, self-awareness, and specific skills to competently counsel LGBTQI+ individuals and their families. Learn more.
According the SAMHSA, the extent of substance abuse disorders among the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population is not well known, although a variety of research studies suggest that the rates may be 20 to 30 percent—rates which are higher than in the general population. Further, the clinical issues associated with LGBT clients may vary substantially within this population and in comparison with other clients.
Our sex-positive approach to recovery is designed to inspire emotional, physical, spiritual, & erotic intelligence.
Our Holistic Services & Programs
Our holistic services are designed to inspire individuals to develop emotional, physical, spiritual, and erotic intelligence while overcoming compulsive/addictive behaviors, trauma, and mental health challenges. Our holistic philosophy addresses the Mind, Body, & Spirit using an eclectic blend of evidence-based treatment approaches. Our team of talented clinicians passionately dedicate their skills and talents to bettering the lives of those they serve and the world as a whole.
Our program offers expert holistic assessment & testing, psychotherapy (individual, couples, group, & family), specialty programs, workshops, intensive retreats, and functional wellness & nutrition support for the recovering addict, partner/spouse, couple, and family.
Sex Addiction or Sexual Freedom?
"Not everyone who engages in public/anonymous sex, has affairs, hooks up through smart-phone apps, sees prostitutes, has multiple partners, or is involved in the BDSM or fetish scene is a sex addict. Not everyone who has unsafe sex or keeps sexual secrets is a sex addict; indeed, most people who fit these descriptions are likely not. The type of sexual activity you prefer, your choice of sexual partner(s), or where you go to have sex does not determine sex addiction. Sex addicts are people whose lives worsen in direct proportion to self-destructive patterns of sexual behaviors over which they appear to have little control." (Cruise Control: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men, p. 21).
Cruise Control: Gay Men & Sex Addiction
According to Rob Weiss, author of Cruise Control: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men, "gay male sex addicts are not compulsively sexual because of their sexual orientation but rather as a consequence of their individual psychological issues and biological predisposition toward addiction. This is exactly the same set of risk factors presented by straight male sex addicts. Unfortunately, for the gay sex addict, his increasingly destructive patterns of behavior take place against a cultural background of dramatically greater sexual and social freedoms than those enjoyed by his heterosexual peers" (p. 21 Second Edition).
Are you a Sex Addict?
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Recovery IS possible - Our Sex-Positive Programs
Sexual addiction recovery requires a gentle and supportive approach. Our sex-positive approach to sexual addiction recovery offers our clients and their loved ones a chance to heal from the painful effects of sexual addiction and lead lives that are rich with emotional, physical, spiritual, and erotic intelligence. Learn more.
Our Services & Programs
CHEM SEX Help
Expert Holistic Assessment & Testing
Groups, Workshops, & Intensives
Are you a sex addict?