Partner Relational Trauma Care
NorthPoint Professional Counseling can help if you have been affected by a loved one's unhealthy sexual behavior.
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Our approach utilizes a Multidimensional Partner Model. From this perspective, we do not see you as a "codependent" but rather, as someone who has experienced significant wounding in response to his/her partner's sex addiction. Another way to describe what you are experiencing is a "sex addiction trauma." Utilizing a Multidimensional Model we focus on the Partner, Addict, Primary Coupleship, and the Family.
Therapeutic Areas of Focus Include:
- Physical Safety
- Emotional Safety
- Financial Safety
- Relational Safety
- Spiritual Safety
- Coping Interventions
- Coping Mechanisms
Sex Addiction Induced Trauma:
(SAI-T) Facing the reality of impact of sex addiction on others (i.e. spouse) as well as facing the reality of the trauma of discovery and/or receiving a disclosure of sexual behaviors. (Minwalla)
Disclosure traumas can occur as the result of planned or unplanned disclosure events. Repetitive fragmented (staggered) disclosers seem to add to the partner’s trauma. Furthermore, staggered disclosures appear to increase barriers to the process of rebuilding trust. (Steffens)
Traumatic Life Events:
Having experienced or witnessed events involving actual or threatened death or serious injury or serious injury or threat to physical integrity. (DSM-V)
Relational or Attachment Traumas:
Attachment Injury or Attachment Trauma. (Johnson)
Violation by someone relied or depended on for safety, security, etc. (Freyd)
Other Trauma Types:
Recurrent and intrusive distressing recollections, dreams, flashbacks, psychological and/or physiological distress in response to “cues” triggers. Other recognized PTSD symptoms include efforts to avoid thoughts/feelings, places, activities, inability to recall details, feelings of detachment, from others as well as sleep difficulties, irritability or anger, difficulty concentrating, hypervigilance, exaggerated startle responses just to name a few.
Exposure to repeated or prolonged instances or multiple forms of interpersonal trauma, often occurring under circumstances where escape is not possible due to physical, psychological, maturational, family/environmental or social constraints. (International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies) (ISTSS)
-Adapted from Dr. Barbara Steffens APSAT Multidimensional Partner Trauma Model