David Fawcett PhD, LCSW (California LCSW License 98890, Florida LCSW SW6037, Certified Sex Therapist, 2628) is a substance abuse expert, certified sex therapist, and clinical psychotherapist. In his clinical work, he addresses a wide range of concerns, including addiction, trauma, and issues related to chronic illness, especially HIV/AIDS. In over 25 years of clinical practice, he has worked with addiction and mental health in every level of care and is highly regarded as a writer and trainer.
For nearly two decades, Dr. David has worked with persons experiencing the fusion of drug addiction and sexual behavior. This work, focused largely on stimulants and sex, culminated in the publication of Lust, Men, and Meth: A Gay Man’s Guide to Sex and Recovery, a landmark book that received the 2016 POZ Best Nonfiction Award.
In high demand as a trainer, Dr. David has been a national facilitator for the HIV Spectrum Project of the National Association of Social Workers. He also served on the Project Coordinating Committee of SAMHSA’s HIV and Mental Health Resource Center, making both written contributions and appearing in the Center’s videos. He was a founder and Chair of the South Florida Methamphetamine Task Force, a nationally recognized coalition that addressed the meth epidemic through training, prevention, and intervention. He recently co-produced a documentary about crystal meth and the gay community in New York called Crystal City.
With over 18 years of experience, specializing in mental health, Debbie Allen founded her private practice, A Safe Place to Share. She worked mainly with medical Doctors and Psychiatrists. This paved the way for expansion into sex, love, and alcohol addictions as well as infidelity, depression, and anxiety. She continued her education at the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) in Arizona as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and a Certified Partner Trauma Therapist. Debbie is also trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Inner Child Therapy. She now has a large and diverse online practice, working with individual clients and couples, also offering online support groups for addicts, partners, and family members of addicts. She runs a prodependence-focused online support group for women. Debbie helps to facilitate healthy boundaries and secure, lasting bonds between intimate partners and family members. Debbie is an interactive, solution-focused, task-based counselor who provides support and encouragement, and takes a highly personalized tailored approach to each client.
He received his undergraduate education in Psychology and Communication Studies from the Marquette School of Professional Studies. He later attended Argosy University in Chicago, where he received a master’s degree in counseling. He was trained by the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals for the treatment of sex addiction.
He is excited to work with the wonderfully talented people of Sex and Relationship Healing and is looking forward to his new role as a group moderator.
In late 1999, Lacy began 12-step recovery for anorexia nervosa and has been free from compulsive fasting and exercise for over 15 years. She has also been in sex and love addiction recovery since 2010, now mentoring other women professionally as a Women’s Whole Love Recovery Coach. A former compulsive lit-porn (erotic stories) and Hentai (pornographic anime) user, she has also fought the battle with emotional affairs and love addiction. Her love for other women seeking freedom from these interrelated compulsions runs deep. She has worked closely with women of varied sexual orientations, ages, and life circumstances. Her book, “Addicted to Love” became an Amazon International Best-Seller overnight, and is currently available on her website, www.herrecoveryroadmap.com/books.
For the last 5 years, Jon has been working in addiction recovery programs and as a sponsor to men in addiction and healing. He has worked with his wife, Lacy, on healing sexual trauma in their marriage and creating trust after betrayal (his & hers). Jon has had to learn to hold his own boundaries with love as his wife has gone through recovery, and to forgive when it felt impossible. He has also mentored men in their own recovery from compulsive pornography usage, who may or may not have also had an addicted wife. He focuses on personal healing, without excuses, through love, forgiveness, and compassion. Thanks to Dr. Robert Weiss’ new book on prodependence, Jon is currently learning to thrive inside this new paradigm as a man in his own sexual recovery while recovering from his wife’s emotional affairs and the impact pornography has had in their married life through her usage. Jon and Lacy have 4 amazing teen sons together, and are celebrating 21 years of marriage.
Kim Buck, PhD, LPC, CSAT, CCS. I have over 20 years of clinical experience in the mental health field. I am a certified sex addiction therapist, a certified clinical sexologist, the owner of Aspire Counseling Services, and an executive team member at Family Strategies Counseling Center, where I provide supervision, mentoring, and training to interns and associate level counselors seeking professional licensure. I am available for consultation, public presentations, and education on a variety of topics.
I am currently working with Dr. Robert Weiss in the creation, growth, and expansion of the new attachment-based Prodependence model. This model is designed for the treatment of partners and loved ones of individuals struggling with addiction and other forms of chronic mental illness. I have successfully applied this new model within my agency for over two years, and I am thrilled to assist in making it more broadly available.
Among his many clients, Eddie has worked with professional athletes including NFL and MLB players and television personalities. He also serves as a clinical director for the National Decency Coalition, an organization working with state governments to help limit the access to pornography to minors.
He is the administrator of the website www.MenAgainstPorn.org. He also serves as a writer for the blogs XXXChurch.com, Covenant Eyes, Pure Desire Ministries, and Marriage.com. He has spoken to numerous organizations regarding the destruction pornography has on individuals, marriages, and families. He has served as a staff member for the Everyman’s Battle weekend and as a facilitator of an XXXChurch men’s group.
His latest book, entitled “Going Deeper: How the Inner Child Impacts Your Sexual Addiction” will be published February 2020. He is also the author of the book Removing Your Shame Label: Learning to Break Free of Shame and Feel God’s Love. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Kelley Gunter is an internationally acclaimed speaker, life coach, and author of the compelling memoir, You Have Such a Pretty Face. Gunter, who describes herself as a “survivor, emotional warrior, and connoisseur of comfort food,” says that her “painful journey to find peace and self-worth began with a 243-pound weight loss, included many dark moments of despair, and eventually brought me to my knees.” In a message that is particularly resonant in these trying times, Gunter says on her homepage, “When the world says, ‘give up,’ Hope whispers, ‘try it one more time.’”
Kelley graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, a master’s degree in counseling, and was a licensed social worker for 28 years. In 2017, following a lengthy career in social services, she began writing and speaking full time. She speaks candidly about the numerous addictions she developed as a result of the unhealed trauma she suffered from a childhood riddled with sexual abuse. She digs into the correlated shame that “strangled the hope out of my life.” Those feelings of shame and powerlessness contributed to not only her initial weight gain but the cross addictions she developed following her initial weight loss and 18-year successful maintenance of that loss.
Kelley’s story of survival and writing have been featured internationally on The Daily Mail TV Show, The Daily Mail Website, Australian National News, and People Magazine South Africa, and nationally in Recovery Today Magazine, Love What Matters, and Thought Catalog, among others. She has made appearances on LA Talk Radio, Good Morning Cincinnati, and Living Dayton. She is a co-creator of the Binge-Free Babes Project, creator of the Facebook group, The Trauma Tribe, administrator in the Facebook group, Victims of Violent Crime, and author of the popular blog, Ramblings from the Homecoming Queen of Crazy Town. She is currently finishing her second memoir, The Homecoming Queen of Crazy Town.
Garrett Irby, MA, MDiv, LPC, CSAT is Founder and Clinical Director of Hope House in Birmingham, AL. He began his professional counseling career as a pastoral counselor. In 2012, he decided to further his education, and in 2014 his began an internship at a psychiatric hospital, mostly working with sexually reactive teens. Two years later, he opened Hope for Healing (now Hope House). There, he uses his experience and education to help individuals, couples, and families deal with a wide range of issues. While he helps people with many problems, his specialties are sex addiction, betrayal trauma, and relationship issues. He brings a unique mix of his own personal addiction experience, training in spiritual direction, and training in mental health therapy to his work in counseling clients.
Troy is a two time Amazon best selling author and serves as the President and Clinical Director of Yuma Counseling Services. He has over 20 years of experience in the mental health field. Troy received his Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh, PA in 2000 and much of his training has focused on addiction recovery. Troy also received Certification in Human Resource Studies from Cornell University. He recently completed certification as a Sexual Addiction Treatment Professional from Mid-Nazarene University and is certified as a Life Coach through New Skills Academy.
Troy specializes in working with individual’s trauma-related concerns, couples struggling in their relationships, and individuals who numb their pain through compulsive or addictive behaviors. Troy also helps couples find deeper connection. Troy is training in EMDR, Brainspotting, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and addiction recovery.
Troy uses his unique set of skills to help individuals seeking personal healing and for organizations who are seeking to improve outcomes. Troy’s workshops, lectures, and group discussions have helped hundreds of people explore sensitive issues, increase understanding, and to take action towards change. His down-to-earth, humorous, teaching style helps participants feel safe enough to examine their core issues required for change. For those who are interested in more intensive work with Troy, he offers a nine-month educational course that focuses on Sexual Addiction recovery using the Finding Peace Model.
Heather began using romantic fantasy to cope in her pre-teen years. Her addiction to love and fantasy spiraled out of control as an adult to the point she felt crazy and hopeless. When she finally found a solid love and porn addiction community of women who understood her experience and offered hope, her whole world changed. Through courage and hard work, she found healing. She feels honored to be able to help others in recovery.
While studying Marriage and Family Therapy, Angela trained with the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals, leading to an Associate Sex Addiction Therapist certification. She has been trained to treat trauma utilizing neurobiology, play therapy, Ericksonian hypnosis (with Bill O’Hanlon), mindfulness, Brainspotting (BSP), and EMDR. While training, she met Dr. Rob Weiss of Seeking Integrity and SexandRelationshipHealing.com, and Dr. Kevin Skinner of AddoRecovery.com, both of whom introduced her to a foundation of integrity in dealing with clients, including offering genuine dignity and compassion as an essential ingredient in the therapy process.
Angela says, “Professionals like Dr. Rob and Dr. Skinner are changing the way we treat sex addiction, compulsive sexual behaviors, infidelity, and betrayal trauma. Their approach is more effective, dignifying and compassionate than any other approach I found.”
Angela is the Arkansas Affiliate Therapist for Addo Recovery. She is also the founder of TheCenterForWell-Being.com and can be found in valuable healing and recovery programs such as www.BloomForWomen.com and www.PathForMen.com. Angela is honored to accept Dr. Rob Weiss’ invitation to offer support for partners of addicts on SexandRelationshipHealing.com, and to join the conversation on the groundbreaking Prodependence model and its clinical application.
Licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 1999, Tim Stein has worked in a variety of clinical settings. Having found his professional passion in treating sex addiction, he became a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist-Supervisor (CSAT-S) and a Certified Clinical Partner Specialist (CCPS). Tim is also fluent in the treatment of trauma, which often underlies or accompanies sex addiction. Tim co-founded and is a Director of Willow Tree Counseling (www.WillowTreeSantaRosa.com), an outpatient program for sex addicts and betrayed partners in Northern California. Tim is a consistent presenter at national conferences on sex addiction, partner sensitivity, couples work in recovery, effective treatment, recovery experiences, and trauma. He has been interviewed on numerous podcasts regarding effective treatment of sex addiction. Tim facilitates therapeutic retreats and workshops for addicts, their betrayed partners, and trauma survivors. He co-produced an online video series, “Introduction to Sex Addiction and Partner Betrayal,” which is available at www.WillowTreeSantaRosa.com. Tim’s daily meditation book, Gifts of Recovery: Daily Meditations for Men and Women in Recovery from Sex Addiction, is available on Amazon.com. More information about Tim and his work can be found at www.TimSteinMFT.com.
In addition to weekly work with individuals and couples, Jon is a proud facilitator of Ken Adam’s Mother-Enmeshed Men Workshop. Jon also works with men and couples who are learning to separate from relationships that overwhelm with obligation and guilt and to connect with the relationships they choose to be a part of.
Jon counts himself lucky to work day in and day out in his passion and life calling. When he isn’t working with clients, he can be found building memories with his spouse and two children or hiking and mountain biking with his dog.
To learn more about the work Jon does with individuals, couples, and Mother-Enmeshed Men, you can email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matt strongly believes that we are not meant to be alone in this life. Sadly, many suffer difficulties that leave us feeling isolated and on our own. As a therapist, he quickly gravitated to attachment work and loves to help individuals, couples, and families learn to connect and attach securely to each other. He has extensive training and practice in emotionally focused therapy (EFT), which is the “gold standard” for attachment work. He is also a certified sex addiction therapist (CSAT). He practices at Family Strategies Counseling Center in Mesa, AZ.
Matt doesn’t like wearing shoes and therefore has an extensive collection of fun socks.