Paul Ginocchio is an addictions specialist and works with patients suffering from addictions to processes and substances such as sex, food, gambling, video games, alcohol, drugs, and compulsive spending.
Paul Ginocchio is a certified sexual addiction therapist (CSAT) and has been working professionally for years to help individuals and couples to heal from the secrecy, shame, and betrayal of sexual addiction and infidelity to heal their lives and marriages.
CSAT Therapists (Certified Sex Addiction Therapists) have completed 120 hours of in-person classroom training with such sexual addiction experts as Dr. Patrick Carnes. The CSAT (Certified Sex Addiction Therapist) program was developed after years of extensive experience in the field of addiction therapy and Dr. Carnes Task Based Recovery Model is quickly becoming an industry standard for addiction professionals.
One of the powerful tools available only to Certified Sex Addiction Therapists is access to confidential online assessment tests. These tests will save an individual 8-10 therapy sessions due to the breadth of information that each assessment test provides. All tests are taken on a secure website and all results are confidential. The costs of the tests will be discussed in your first appointment. Here is more information about the assessment tests:
Sexual Dependence Inventory (SDI-4)
This standardized assessment, developed by Patrick Carnes, Ph.D., provides invaluable information re: diagnosing client’s sexual behavior, assessing the range and scope of any problematic sexual behavior, arousal template, amenability to treatment, attachment style, relationship addiction, other addictions (substances), as well as assisting with overall treatment planning. It is a critical part of treatment and used with all clients with possible sexual addictions.
Post Traumatic Stress Inventory-Revised
This standardized assessment, developed by Patrick Carnes, Ph.D., has 11 categories of trauma. It offers significant information related to client’s past and current trauma bonding patterns. This test is part of the assessment with clients during the initial assessment phase of therapy. It is an excellent guide in treatment planning.
Money and Work Adaptive Scales Index (MAWASI)
This standardized assessment, Developed by Bonnie DenDooven, MC, gives clients a better understanding of their financial disordered behaviors and dysfunctional work patterns. It assists in the treatment planning and goal setting process. Research suggests that people diagnosed with sex addiction or substance abuse often have a co-occurring financial disorder.
IPAST (Inventory for Partner Attachment Stress and Trauma)
This is a battery of assessments for partners that assist clients in gaining a thorough understanding of all the elements involved in the trauma they have endured related to their partner’s sexual addiction. This includes: demographics, critical items, PSS (Partner Sexuality Survey), TIPSA (Traumatic Inventory for Partners of Sex Addicts-evaluates PTSD and their assessment of the addicts denial), strengths assessment, depression, anxiety and stress, trauma history, family of origin, attachment scales, drug use.
Paul Ginocchio created and released one of the first documentaries ever made about sexual addiction, "The Courage to Love". "The film premiered at the 2014 Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health Conference in Portland, Oregon and has screened at many conferences and venues around the country. The documentary is now available for free on You Tube:
There is a growing body of research that shows that sex can be just as addictive as drugs, alcohol, food, and gambling. A person who is addicted to sex is habitually chasing the high experienced during pursuit, arousal, and orgasm despite the negative outcomes of shame, secrecy, emptiness, and isolation. Although the patterns may vary for each person, someone who becomes addicted to sex typically struggles with such behaviors as:
· Compulsive masturbation
· Anonymous Sex
· Soliciting Prostitutes and Escorts
· Erotic Massage
Zoom video appointments and in person appointments available at Paul Ginocchio Counseling's private practice office in Danville. Schedule your appointment online by clicking the "schedule appointment" button on any page of this website.
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