Sex Addiction Is It Cheating?

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Dr. Linda Hatch

Interview with Dr. Linda Hatch and Mishka, Wife of Sex Addict

I am so excited about this interview with sex addiction therapist Dr. Linda Hatch and popular blogger wife of sex addiction Mishka.

Linda has written some super articles on her blog and the article that caught my attention was "Spouse of Sex Addict Asks Is It Cheating?" She has a wonderful website and I encourage you to check it out here. Her writing is super.

After interviewing Dr. David Ley about the Myth of Sex it got me thinking about "responsibility" and I wanted to find out if in fact a diagnosis of "sex addiction" is in fact being used as an excuse by cheating spouses. And whether or not the label somehow absolves the cheater of responsibility.

Her blog came out around the same time I read about a criminal defendant seeking to use "sex addiction" to reduce his sentence for bribery. Click here for the story. Here is what the defendant said in his motion filed with the court:

“The entire bribery scheme between Neal and myself was driven by the insatiable desire for sex,” Carroll wrote in a one-page attachment to his motion. “If it were not for the sex addiction I would have not engaged [in] the illegal activity.”

I interviewed George Collins from Compulsion Solutions on this same article for the vicereport's first ever video blog. It's coming out soon so stay tuned.

I wanted a spouse's perspective and a wonderful woman named Mishka agreed to talk. Just listen to the interview and you wil see how super she is and inspiring. She and Linda clicked in this interview and I'm so excited to bring it to you. It's magic. Mishka is the wife of a sex addict and blogs here. I couldn't say it any better then her so check out how she describes herself and her blog:

I have been married to a recovering sex addict for 13 years.  I am here telling my story . . . the awful times and the fantastic times!!!  We have 2 fantastic kids and have recently found the help and support that our family so very much needed.  My hubby (and me as well) are well on the great road to recovery and I feel happier than I have felt in a very long time!

Both Linda and Mishka are on Twitter. Linda here and Mishka here. Their tweets are great so I encourage you to follow them.

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This is not just for spouses. This episode is for anyone connected to sex addiction. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Here is a summary of Linda's bio from her website:

Dr. Linda Hatch was born and grew up in New York City and has worked as a licensed clinical psychologist in California since the 1970’s. She completed her BA, MA and PhD at Cornell University and University of California Riverside. She also taught at UCLA as an acting assistant professor and received a post-doctoral fellowship at UCLA in social psychology.

Dr. Hatch has been in private practice combined with teaching and consulting for most of her career. For many years she consulted with the Superior Court, the Probation Department, the Board of Prison Terms, and the State Department of Mental Health during which time she provided forensic assessment and expert testimony as well as psychotherapy. She did considerable work with both adult and juvenile sex offenders, mentally disordered offenders and sexually violent predators both in and outside of the courts and prison system. Her earlier experience also includes several years in university student counseling and crisis intervention/critical incident debriefing. She also worked as a staff psychologist and as training coordinator for the Santa Barbara County Department of Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services before choosing to specialize in the field of sex addiction.

Currently Dr. Hatch is in private practice in Santa Barbara as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT). Prior to this she was affiliated with Sexual Recovery Institute in Los Angeles. Her practice is limited to the field of sexual addiction treatment including the treatment of sex addicts and sex offenders, as well as their partners and families.

Dr. Hatch is a member of the American Psychological Association, and the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health. She received her CSAT certification through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals.

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