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1818 Westlake Avenue North
Seattle, WA, 98109
United States


This is the homepage of Staci Sprout. Staci is a licensed psychotherapist, author, publisher, and promoter of high candor stories of overcoming adversity. This site serves as a portal to her therapy practice r.evolution psychotherapy, her memoir Naked In Public: A Memoir of Recovery From Sex Addiction and Other Temporary Insanities, and her publishing and promotion company Recontext Media.

Women's Sex-Love Addiction Help and Treatment

Where do women struggling with relationships and/or sexual addiction go for cutting edge resources? Where can they find women-specific treatment? 12-Step programs, Women-only Inpatient and Intensive programs listed here, along with some specialty mixed-gender groups.

If you or someone you love has a problem, getting specialized therapy to help navigate the journey can make a vital difference. You can find a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) in your area, or arrange distance therapy, through the Find a Therapist page on the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) website at, or by calling 1-866-575-6853. Research therapists who are comfortable and experienced working with women. You may also take more comprehensive self-assessment tests at See the Resources section for more information. There are also selected specialty recovery coaches experienced helping women heal from intimacy, relationship, porn and sex addiction or related problems.


If you suspect you are addicted, you may also find help by attending several 12-Step sexual recovery meetings to see if you can relate to what you hear. I wrote Are Women Safe in 12-Step Recovering Meetings, that article may be helpful to you. If you suspect a loved one is addicted to sex, you can attend an open 12-Step meeting in a sexual recovery fellowship to learn more; there are fellowships for partners and families of sex addicts to get more support. Some 12-Step fellowships have their own self-assessment tests on their websites.


12-Step Programs for Sexual Addiction


Support sites for those struggling with their own sexual or relationship addiction.


Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA): 713-869-4902,

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA):

Sexual Compulsives Anonymous (SCA): 800-977-4325,

Sexual Recovery Anonymous (SRA):


Support for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s sexual or relationship addiction.


Codependents of Sex Addicts (COSA): 866-899-2672,

CoSex and Love Addicts Anonymous Connecticut (COSLAA): 860-456-0032,

S-Anon: 615-833-3152,


Support for couples affected by addiction, often with a sex addiction focus.


Recovering Couples Anonymous (RCA): 877-663-2317,






The Meadows’ Willow House Relationship Healing for Women - Arizona


The Ranch Center for Relational and Sexual Recovery

Women's Love, Relationship and Sex Addiction Program


Promises in Scottsdale, AZ 

Contact:  Shannon McQuaid, CSAT, Medical Director is Steven Karp, MD.

The Glass House, formerly called Five Sisters Ranch in California 


For Psychiatric Issues like Borderline PD, Bipolar, Dissociative Disorders, consider:

Del Amo Hospital in Torrence, CA

Clearview Treatment Programs, CA




Kelly McDaniel's Ready to Heal Therapeutic Intensive Retreat

Individual one-to-one work for 2 – 3 days, focused on healing “Mother Hunger”. Individually tailored weekend experiences for each woman. 

Kelly McDaniel LPC, NCC, CSAT

Nashville, TN 37215


210-826-8377 (m)
Author: Ready to Heal: Breaking Free of Addictive Relationships
Also available as ebook.


Marnie Feree's Bethesda Workshops - Healing for Women

Bethesda Workshops are in Nashville, TN    

4 days, Individual and Couples workshops       

Treating only sexual & love addiction and intimacy disorders - Healing for Women - only for adult females who personally struggle.  A Christian and Clinical intensive that is the equivalent of 8-12 months of weekly individual therapy; cost includes meals and lodging for duration of workshop; scholarship money and non-interest payment plans available.

Healing for Women Workshop: In only four days, women are invited to determine their sobriety and identify the triggers and rituals that threaten it, as well as the boundaries that protect it. They also complete a Trauma Egg to help them understand the engines that are driving their acting out. Most importantly, they can deeply connect with other women on a healing journey and work with a female therapist who has long-term personal recovery experience as an female sex and love addict.

This program begins Wednesday at 1:00 pm (Central) and continues through Saturday at 6:00 pm. The affordable price includes all lodging, meals, and transportation to and from the conference hotel, as well as the airport. 

Many groups are still meeting via Skype or similar technology years after their workshops! Even if women are already engaged with an excellent recovery coach or a CSAT, women can greatly benefit from this intensive (10-12 clinical hours daily!), supportive process.

Bethesda Workshops is a 501c3        

Marnie Ferree - Executive & Clinical Director

For more info call: 615-467-5610 

Publication: No Stones: Women Redeemed from Sexual Addiction by Marnie C. Ferree                               


Center for Healthy Sex

Sex and Love Addiction 11-Day Intensive at Center for Healthy Sex is built upon the tenants of Interpersonal Neurobiology using Alexandra Katehakis’s Psychobiological Approach to Sex Addiction Treatment (PASAT). The program is highly relational and, therefore, deeply trauma based incorporating material from McDaniel's, "Ready to Heal” research from "Making Advances,” and art exercises by Marilyn Murray, including the original Trauma Egg. Clients report completing the programs with their dignity restored, sound recovery skills and a felt sense of the issues they need to continue working on. Cost $8500 (does not include sober living)


Women’s Love Addiction Weekend Workshop: Are you ready for a healthy love and sex life?

This 3-day workshop takes an integrated approach to treating love addiction, drawing on the latest therapeutic interventions and science-based research about intimacy, desire, love, sexual health, and happiness. This is an experiential workshop providing the tools needed to break free of problematic relational patterns to start developing a core sense of authentic emotional intimacy.  Clients will learn what love addiction is, examine their own destructive cycle, explore its historical roots, and deconstruct the cultural beliefs about sex, love and femininity that fuel it.  Additionally, they will deepen their understanding of healthy romantic relationships, create a personalized plan to help reduce harmful behaviors, and learn how to expand their capacity for personal integrity, intimacy and erotic radiance.  Cost $395 (does not include housing)

Alexandra Katehakis, Ph.D., MFT, CST-S, CSAT-S
Clinical Director, Clinical Sexologist

Center for Healthy Sex
10700 S. Santa Monica Boulevard

Suite 311
Los Angeles, CA 90025


Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows

A 5-day intensive for female sex and love addicts.  Journey of a Woman's Heart: Finding True Intimacy is the name of our women's only sex and love addiction workshop.  We help women to explore the ways in which their addictive behaviors and relationships are
major obstacles in finding the true intimacy they desire.  We also incorporate The Meadows' commitment to focus on trauma by delving into relational trauma that set up current addictive and problematic relationship behaviors and patterns. 

Journey of a Woman's Heart: Finding True Intimacy

Wickenburg, AZ

5-day intensive (Monday-Friday)


Created by The Meadows Program Directors in collaboration with Alexandra Katehakis,  We draw from the work of Dr. Patrick Carnes, Kelly McDaniel and maintain commitment to The Meadows’ focus on application of the best trauma modalities currently supported in the field.

This workshop is created for women who want to explore unhealthy sexual patterns and behaviors that deeply impact their ability to connect relationally in healthy ways. Whether the issues involved are past or present trauma, cultural messages, or negative beliefs, all can serve as roadblocks to true intimacy. Understanding the neurobiology that leads to sexual obsession and compulsivity offers a foundation to shame reduction, and the alleviation of self-loathing.  Emotional regulation, body image, triggers for sexual acting out, and grief related to the myriad of associated losses are just a few of the many issues that are explored. Methods of enhancing esteem from within, rather than seeking validation from other sources are instilled. Critical to ongoing recovery, the ability to differentiate the behavior from one’s worth offers the participant greater compassion for self. Participants garner necessary tools and develop their own individual recovery plan. This workshop offers each individual a safe, supportive environment in which to explore sensitive issues.

Contact: Nicole Clarke, Intake Manager  800.244.4949 ext.4191More information on this workshop can be found by clicking
on the following link:
Rio Retreat @ The Meadows
Main: 1-800-MEADOWS ext 84144


The Meadows: Love Addiction / Love Avoidance Workshop - Wickenburg, Arizona - Based on Pia Mellody Model

Love addicts assign too much value, time, and attention to another person, while neglecting to care for or value themselves. Focus on the partner is obsessive, and fear of abandonment drives the obsession. Love addicts can be addicted to anyone: lover, spouse, friend, parent, or child. It is a painful, obsessive, and addictive process that negatively impacts not only the love addict, but also the individuals with whom he or she is in relationships. In this workshop, self-love and self-care are enhanced, as is tolerance for feeling instilled.

The love avoidant systematically uses relational walls during intimate contact in order to prevent feeling overwhelmed by the other person, associating "love" with duty or work. The love avoidant's greatest fear is that of vulnerability, which is explored throughout the workshop. During this process, authenticity is encouraged, and an overdeveloped sense of responsibility is released. This workshop intervenes on the destructive cycles of both the love addict and the love avoidant, offering them intimacy with healthy boundaries.

Call 866-330-3258 

Psychological Counseling Services (PCS) - Scottsdale, AZ

Offers an 8-day outpatient Intensive program that is geared toward women and men with sex and love addiction and is heavily trauma-focused. The Intensive at PCS was the first intensive outpatient program in the country, started by Ralph Earle more than 40 years ago. Clients do 64 hours of intensive work in each 8-day block (Saturday through Saturday) with 35 hours of individual therapy, 20 hours of group therapy and psycho-education, and 9 hours of inner child workshop. About 20% of clients will stay for a second or third week. Individual work includes EMDR, psychodrama, somatic experiencing, art and music therapy, equine therapy, and other techniques.

 The program is offered 52-weeks a year and enrolls 6-8 clients per week. The intense nature of the program can bring about substantial change for the addict and/or the partner. The program is not gender-segregated and deliberately mixes women with men and addicts with partners in order to increase empathy and understanding across genders. We work with individuals, couples, and families that are stable enough to manage an outpatient program and interested in getting a big head start on the issues that drive their unhappiness and individual/family dysfunction. Marilyn Murray, the inventor of the Trauma Egg and Circles of Intimacy, is an integral part of our program. We Also focus on brain health from an
integrative medical perspective, seeking to facilitate on-ging therapy work with nutrition, exercise, improved sleep habits, brain games, and supplements. The intense nature of the program can help bring about substantial change for the individual with sequelae of trauma.

 Clients stay in either nearby sober-living homes or in local hotels. We are gay-affirming and welcome people of all faiths and backgrounds. We have a staff of 27 therapists dedicated to the Intensive, including PhDs, MFTs,
 LCCs, nurses and physicians.

 PCS 8-Day weekly Intensive Program
 Marcus Earle, PhD, CSAT, Clinical Director
 Rick Isenberg, MD, CSAT, Medical Director
 5730 E. Angus Drive
 Scottsdale AZ 85251
 Intake/Info: 480-947-5739

Five Sisters Ranch - recently redeveloped as The Glass House in California

The Glass House is the new version of the Five Sisters program. They offer a 3 Week Intensive for women who are experiencing relationship challenges and feeling destabilized. This program is a combination of the one week Women’s Strength of HeartIntensive and is immediately followed by the Women’s 12 Day Intensive. The combined programs are bridged with a day of self-care and a day of personalized equine. If you are interested in an extended stay, please read through the two programs, Women’s Strength of Heart Intensive and the Women’s 12 Day Intensive, and call to discuss the particulars of a personalized program.


Onsite workshops -near Nashville, TN - Mixed Gender

Offers a 4 1/2  day Healing Love Addiction program.
It  addresses core wounds driving self-sabotaging behaviors and the need for 
 external validation and approval.

For information contact

Toll Free: 800-341-7432
Nashville Area: 615-789-6609

Vicki Tidwell Palmer, LCSW, CSAT, SEP

Author | Psychotherapist

Vicki offers a 4-day family of origin trauma intensive Reclaiming Wholeness, is gender-specific and perfect for female sex and love addicts. FOO work is often the missing piece that helps clients move to the next level of their recovery/healing. Many of my clients who've done this work say it literally changed their lives—helping them reduce shame,
and practice better self-care and boundaries.

More info here:


Triune Therapy Group

Offers a 12-day women's sex and love intensive. Our intensive includes daily individual therapy, daily neurofeedback, somatic work, in addition to psychoeducational and process groups and 12 step meetings. - Los Angeles, CA

Lauren Dummit–Schock, Clinical Director

Kate Balestrieri, Psy.D., CSAT-S

Executive Director, Licensed Psychologist 

Triune Therapy Group

11600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 412

Los Angeles, CA 90025

310-993-1664 p


Kate Parkinson, MFT, CSAT, CHFP

Facilitates individual intensives for female sex and love addicts.
Marriage Family Therapist
Trauma Specialist
Certified Sex Addiction Therapist
Certified in EMDR
(650) 380-0526
415 Cambridge Avenue Suite 13
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Candi R. Kaatz, LMFT, CSAT, EMDR

Runs family of origin-based relational trauma 4-day intensives for women.  Pia Mellody-trained.

2000 Warfield Drive

Nashville,  TN37215


Desert Star Addiction Recovery Center – Tucson, AZ

Grace: Gender Specific Intensive Outpatient Unhealthy Sexual and
Relationships Program
Individual and Group Therapy Psychiatric and Psychological Service
Families Workshop ACU-Detox
Couples Workshop On-site 12 Step Meeting

7493 N. Oracle Road, Suite 203 | Tucson, Arizona 85704

Jennifer Jones MS, LPC CSAT, CCP - Affiliated Wellness Group

Trauma specialist who offers regular week Intensives; customized to 
assess & address dissociation, create a self care aftercare plan  and work 
on early attachment deficits with Ego state work, EMDR including resourcing, 
 sensory work and acupuncture (if desired).

Psychotherapist, EMDR, CSAT
Certified Esogetic Colorpuncture Practitioner 
Esogetic Colorpuncture LayPerson Class Instructor 
Reiki Master Practitioner
4650 N Port Washington Rd
Lexington Entrance Suite 120
Milwaukee WI 53212

414-335-3024 mobile/referrals/consultation 


Erin L. Wysong, MS, LPC, LCDC, NCC, CSAT - Dallas, TX

Three day intensives once a month for 3-4 women (gender separate) that address family of origin trauma and neglect, based on the Survivors intensive at the Meadows. In the intensive, love addiction is addressed as a relational/intimacy problem that results from adaptations 
 made to survive childhood trauma and neglect.

Counseling, Consulting & Inspiration AssocIates, LLC
3500 Oak Lawn Avenue
Suite 620

Dallas, TX 75219

(214) 906-5138 office,

Cara Weed, LCSW, CSAT - Love Addiction, Love Avoidance

This 3-day workshop is also a family-of-origin workshop. Participants will also explore how their current relational patterns have been impacted by family of origin, including the patterns of love addiction and love avoidance. 

Love addiction is profoundly painful. Love addicts assign too much time, attention and value to another person while neglecting to care for themselves. Love avoidant systematically uses relational walls during intimate contact in order to prevent feeling overwhelmed in relationships. Participants will gain a greater awareness of how these cycles have been evident in their own adult relationships as well learning how to overcome these dynamics.

This experiential workshop consists of two "processes" that focus on how/where participants get stuck into "addictive/avoidant" cycles and how to strengthen functional adult behaviors when those cycles get activated. 

Workshop Specifics

Cost: $1,350 per person


Kathy Higby, LMFT, MA, CSAT, CSTP, Reiki Practitioner - Portland, OR USA

This program is for women (and couples and families) who wish to break the crippling bonds of the past, gain access to their feelings, and are willing to take the risks necessary to move from fear to choice. Past hurts can be a hindrance to the present and to the future. The creative, free self may have been beaten down, abused, belittled and stifled. Often we have enlisted the aid of unhealthy behaviors or substances to hide the pain, yet we have an incredible resilience and once that power is tapped - miracles happen. Ms. Higby has been working as a therapist for over 30 years and has seen countless miracles happen for those able and willing to do the footwork. This program is dedicated toward helping to provide a safe place for individuals, couples, families and groups to heal the traumas of the past, deal with the present, and make new choices for the future. Techniques such as Somatic Transformation, Family Sculpture, Humor, Play, Imagery, Inner Child Work, Music, Drawings, and Feedback are used to unlock feelings and aid growth.

Call for more information (503) 998-1865, or see, or email for more info:

Belinda Berman-Real, M.A., M.F.T., C.S.A.T. - Trauma Recovery Groups

Offered about 5 times per year: small, highly intensive workshops for up to no more than four people. For three days, we explore what happened to you in your childhood and we do very deep, richly emotional, release work. Participants routinely report that this three day intensive experience has had the power to transform their lives. It is often said that the workshop is equivalent in its healing capacity to several years of weekly therapy. The techniques employed in this workshop come largely from the work of my mentor, Pia Mellody, with whom I co-led such groups for about ten years. I am also informed by the pioneering trauma work of Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., the creator of Internal Family Systems Therapy.

For more information:

Belinda Berman-Real
256 Concord Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Please note that she does not take insurance.



Bethesda Intensive workshop for teen females ages 15-18
(18-year-olds still in high school) and their parents (Nashville, tn)

This clinical intensive workshop is family-based, rather than a program just for the adolescent girls themselves. Whoever is identified as the girl's parents (whether parents or step-parents - those who have primary residential and legal responsibility for the teen) are REQUIRED to attend.

The workshop is a group process where multiple families attend at the same time (normally four to six families). The participants move between brief educational segments, activities, and group settings. Some of the groups are separate gatherings of the girls and another group for the parents, where each population has a safe space to share their challenges as a family. Other groups are family therapy (with the girls and parents together) in a multi-family group setting with a male and female group leader. The intensive is active, experiential, and engaging for both the teen and the parents.

The inaugural Healing for Teen Females & Parents Workshops:

April 11-14, 2018

June 13-16, 2018

August 8-11, 2018

September 26-29, 2018

The workshop fee includes all lodging and meals for all family members attending. (Families will be housed in an executive suite at a nearby hotel.) Insurance does not cover the cost, but a no-interest payment plan is available.

See Bethesda's website has complete information:


While none of the programs below proclaims to specialize in sexual compulsivity treatment for teen girls/young women, they do treat many underlying causes and conditions of the self-soothing or self-numbing behaviors. Do your research carefully, but here is a start:


Discovery Ranch for Girls

Addictive Behavior Program

4928 N 4500 West
Cedar City, UT 84721, United States

Phone:  855-667-9388

Fax: (435) 865-9584



Newport Academy - near Los Angeles, CA

To protect the privacy of our residents, we do not disclose the address of our residential teen treatment facilities to the public. If you are interested in learning more about our locations, please contact us at 888.934.1222.



Falcon Ridge Ranch - Near Zion National Park, UT

Falcon Ridge Ranch is a licensed Residential Treatment Center for girls ages 12 to 18 who are experiencing emotional and behavioral problems but haven’t thrived under the traditional care of outpatient treatment and require and out-of-home therapeutic setting. 

CARE Behavioral Health

747 E. St. George Blvd
St. George, UT 84770



Inner Change - Multiple residential programs across the U.S. for adolescent girls, variety of levels of care.



Other Resources FOR WOMEN:


Naked in Public: A Memoir of Recovery From Sex Addiction and Other Temporary Insanities

In this intensely personal memoir, Staci Sprout offers a vulnerable account of her recovery journey from the painful world of sexual intrigue and addiction to recovery, family healing, and true love.

I've made a more complete list of links to ten other women's sex and love addiction memoirs on my blog, here:


For an extensive list of more books, online resources, special programs, check out:


If you have any resources you’d like to see added or corrected on this list, please contact me with your information. It is ever evolving! :)


Last update 5.7.19