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Pornography Addiction Support Group

Time: Tuesdays 8:30 - 9:30am
Location:
Ann Arbor Psychotherapy and Counseling Center, 2155 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor

Facilitator: Felix Paulick

Group Description
This therapy group is designed to help men increase awareness of how their sexuality developed and how best to integrate it with a healthy, fulfilling life. It will help men resolve sexual behaviors that are interfering in their lives.

The issues we examine and help solve include:

  • Examining the negative effects of unresolved family-of-origin issues in childhood, which
    currently are interfering in one's adult life.
  • Pornography use and Internet cybersex
  • Past and present abuse (sexual, physical, verbal, emotional) and other traumas that make men ashamed of their sexuality.
  • Misconceptions about sexual behavior and bad role models that can damage or even ruin your intimate relationships.

You are appropriate for this group, if:

  • Behave in sexually compulsive ways and have unsuccessfully tried to stop.
  • Have ever suffered overt or covert sexual abuse in childhood and adulthood (such as rape and/or inappropriate sexual behaviors and/or harassment from others).
  • Want to increase your sexual confidence and  self-esteem, and integrate your sex life into your life as a whole.


In group, there is talking, crying, laughing, and learning to become not just comfortable with men's sexuality, but proud of it. To do so, we must identify-and modify-any behaviors or attitudes that steer men away from joyous, loving relationships which are also sexually gratifying.

Sexual Addiction/compulsion are behaviors that are rarely about sex, but rather about early
childhood trauma. Often it is based in childhood sexual, physical and emotional abuse or neglect. The individual is usually terrified of adult intimacy and uses the sexual acting out (SAO) behaviors as a way to avoid it unconsciously. Therapists often misdiagnose this disorder because of the stigma attached to sexual behaviors.
Viewing the sexual behaviors as windows to the client's past trauma can be very helpful in
successfully treating the individual. This requires the therapist and client to be comfortable with talking about and listening to the SAO behaviors without judgment.

We invite you to join us—and be surprised at how other men in all walks of life are grappling with the same challenges! We would need to meet for an initial evaluation to establish if you are right for the group and if the group is right for you.

If you have additional questions or would like to join the group please contact us.
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