Why choose Impulse Treatment Center?
Impulse Treatment Center is the Bay Area’s oldest and largest sex addiction treatment program. We offer confidential assessments for men and women, individual counseling, group therapy for sex addicts, a partners group for those in relationship with sex addicts, family and couples counseling. Treatment plans are uniquely tailored to meet your needs and our staff of trained and experienced therapists work collaboratively to ensure treatment efficacy.
What makes sex addiction treatment different from regular therapy?
Treatment for sex addiction is complex and may involve a number of specific components including comprehensive assessment, targeted individual and/or group therapy, couples and/or family therapy, therapeutic disclosure protocols and more. A scientific-based assessment instrument is necessary to ensure an accurate diagnosis. Inaccurate diagnosis often leads to ineffective treatment. Treatment that is not stage-appropriate can also lead to ineffective or even harmful results.
Is sex addiction treatment going to dictate acceptable/unacceptable sexual behavior?
Sex addiction is not about specific behaviors, it’s about the negative consequences of those behaviors and the inability to moderate or stop the behaviors in the face of harm. At Impulse Treatment Center, your treatment plan will be based on a determination of healthy sexual behaviors for you, with the goal of helping you to reclaim your sense of safety, stability and self-esteem.
How is group therapy different than 12-Step meetings (and will I have to attend those too?)
Group therapy is facilitated by a trained therapist whose role is to support members in gaining awareness and insight into their behavior while at the same time holding group members accountable for their participation and attendance. Feedback between group members is seen as a valuable resource for growth and change. A three month commitment is required and groups are limited to no more than eight members.
12-Step meetings are peer led and there is no one guiding the conversation, tracking participation or attendance. In 12-Step groups, members are primarily self-directed and feedback is actively discouraged. No commitment is required and groups vary in size depending on who shows up.
12-Step meetings can be a helpful support for group therapy participants, however there is no requirement for 12-Step attendance to be a member of ITC groups.
Will my therapy be confidential?
All information discussed in sessions is kept confidential within the staff of Impulse Treatment Center, except where such confidentiality is limited by California State Law.
As licensed therapists, we have an ethical and legal mandate to protect the information you give us with the following exceptions: If you tell us a child or dependent adult is being abused, or if you tell us of your intention to do bodily harm to yourself or another individual, we are legally required to break confidentiality.
We are not legally required to report behaviors — sexual or otherwise — that fall outside of these limited areas. Information shared between ITC staff members is for treatment planning purposes only. If you have any questions about your confidentiality and how it will be protected, please talk to your therapist.
Why do I need therapy if my partner is the addict?
The discovery of betrayal by an intimate partner is often experienced as a trauma, defined as “the abrupt disintegration of one’s inner world.” If you have been in relationship with a sex addict for any length of time, you may find yourself with overwhelming feelings that need and deserve sustained attention.
Impulse Treatment Center offers a safe place to recognize your traumatic experience along with the time to identify and mourn your losses. You will also find information and resources to support you in making thoughtful decisions about how to you want to move forward in your life.
How long will therapy last?
The behaviors and beliefs that support sex addiction are more deeply entrenched for some people than for others. It takes sustained attention, practice and support to maintain long-term recovery. For family members, it also takes time and support to recover from addiction’s traumatic impact.
It is impossible to predict with any accuracy how long your therapy will last; we do regularly evaluate treatment goals and progress, usually on a 90-day basis.
How do you handle cancellations?
We have a 48 hour cancellation policy for both individual and couple sessions. If you are unable to provide 48 hours’ notice when you cancel your session, you will be responsible for the full fee. Group therapy is paid for monthly and there is no refund for missed sessions.
Do you take insurance?
Impulse Treatment Center is not on any insurance panels. We do provide an Itemized Provider Statement which can be submitted to some insurance companies for reimbursement. Check with your insurance provider to see what their policy is for reimbursement.
Do you take credit cards?
Yes, we do!