As companions on your journey, our approach is non-judgmental and empathetic, but we will respectfully challenge you to make appropriate behavioral changes and guide you
steadfastly toward recovery.
The treatment model of New York Pathways is a holistic, three-fold approach with education, individual therapy, and group therapy intertwined throughout treatment. Because addiction
affects the entire family system, we also encourage individual treatment for partners and family members of the addict as well as couples therapy. Therapeutic models vary, depending on each individual's unique needs and
goals. We utilize psychodynamic therapy and other techniques, such as Gestalt, psychodrama, and experiential approaches.
We rely in part on the work of Patrick Carnes and his task-centered methods to form the basis
of our treatment of sex addiction. We also encourage attending self-help groups for sex addiction that are modeled on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) support groups, which help members maintain sobriety on addictive and
compulsive behaviors through sharing of experiences; emphasize the spiritual awakening; and honor the tradition of anonymity.
Treatment begins with a confidential assessment session of approximately 1-1½
hours. During this time, we discuss the addictive and compulsive behaviors that are causing pain for you and your loved ones.
Our assessment involves evaluating the consequences of sex addiction on marriage, family,
and other meaningful relationships; and ramifications in the work, social, spiritual, and financial realms. There are often significant and catastrophic repercussions of sex addiction such as divorce, job loss, physical
injury or even criminal arrest.
The holistic, three-fold treatment philosophy of New York Pathways encompasses education, individual therapy, and group therapy.
In our education
groups, we begin with creating an awareness of the addiction and continue with personalized education throughout the recovery process. The more you understand your addiction, the more you will learn to recognize
triggers and avoid treacherous situations. We will provide you with recommended reading lists to further your understanding of sex addiction, and we will offer you tools that you will be able to use to support you in
your recovery process.
Individual therapy is a continuous, one-on-one process. In the early stages of individual therapy, we focus on addressing your specific acting out
behavior and offer you direction in slowing and stopping such behavior. As we continue our work, we will explore your own unique deeper issues, with the goal of developing a balanced life.
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Group therapy provides both support and accountability among those with sex addiction and those who engage in compulsive behaviors. Sessions involve education and discussions of traumatic events as well as
confrontations regarding denial, delusions, and inappropriate behaviors. It has been our experience that most clients find group therapy to greatly assist in freeing them from secrecy and shame.
We also offer individual and group therapy for partners and family members of those
who suffer from sex addiction, as we have found that partners and family members can benefit tremendously from such treatment themselves. Often partners are deeply affected by the addiction and develop a strong desire
to control their loved one in the hope of stopping the behavior or "curing" the addict. They may become obsessive about uncovering evidence of the addiction or preventing behaviors. We will work to help
partners and family members reclaim their lives from codependency and participate in healthy relationships. Partners Page >
Couples therapy encourages exploration of issues which impact intimacy and sexual well-being. Building skills for cultivating
and sustaining healthy, loving, and mutually satisfying relationships are emphasized in couples therapy.
Discernment CounselingMore >
The goal of discernment counseling is to assist you in gaining
greater clarity and confidence in your decision making while working through the structural and emotional damage to your relationship. The immediate decision is framed not as whether to stay together or divorce but
whether to continue moving towards divorce or committing to a six month effort to restore your marriage, with divorce off the table for that time period.