Leading California Sex Addiction Psychotherapists, Recently Featured in USA Today, Raise Warning that Treatment is Integral to Addressing the Sexual Harassment Crisis

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Kate Balestrieri, Psy.D., CSAT-S, and Lauren Dummit, LMFT, CSAT, Co-Founders of Triune Therapy Group in Los Angeles, explaining why treatment must be central in any real effort to address the concerns of the #MeToo movement

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Our message is that silence, protection and shielding these perpetrators is not the answer. After they have become aware of the problem, organizations need to take immediate steps, including providing treatment, or they will pay the price, as will their employees and others, added Ms. Dummit.

Top sex addiction and trauma experts Kate Balestrieri, Psy.D., CSAT-S, and Lauren Dummit, LMFT, CSAT, of Triune Therapy Group in Los Angeles, were recently featured in a USA Today "Your Say” column warning that treatment is integral to addressing the anti-sexual harassment push put on the map by the #MeToo movement.

Their column was written in response to the front-page USA Today article entitled "Confidential Deals Can Obscure Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Doctors” published January 15th, 2018.

Balestrieri and Dummit explained that the revelations in the article did not surprise or shock them but that the exact opposite was true. Working in the fields of sexual trauma, sex addiction, and sexual offending in Los Angeles, they come in contact with individuals on a daily basis who engage in destructive and sometimes illegal sexual behavior. A great deal of this behavior occurs either in the workplace or offsite between a powerful representative of management and an employee, client or patient of the organization.

They went on to state:

"Luckily, if the perpetrator is coming to see us it most probably means that their employer (or perhaps their family, or both) has decided to handle the problem head-on by being above board and making sure the offending party gets treatment. When that is the case we can make great strides and short-circuit the cycle of relapse and recidivism. Unfortunately, this is often not the case since the employer has decided to cover for the employee to “protect” the organization and bury the facts behind layers of legal maneuvering. When that’s the case, as in your article, the behavior is usually repeated and the world of hurt continues. The organization loses the confidence of the community, thwarting their attempts at proactive damage control, hurting many, and perpetuating the problem. We urge large organizations to instead dedicate their time, effort, resources and reputations to defending victims by treating the perpetrator. Only in that way is there a real chance to attain honesty, protection, and healing.”

"Per our column, we see an untreated sexual harassment epidemic in basically every sector our society. Whether it’s doctors, judges, clinical researchers, members of Congress, the political parties, Hollywood, Wall Street, the United Nations, or non-profits like the Humane Society we see the most senior people on down being brought low by sexually compulsive or inappropriate behavior," stated Dr. Balestrieri.

“Our message is that silence, protection and shielding these perpetrators is not the answer. After they have become aware of the problem, organizations need to take immediate steps, including providing treatment, or they will pay the price, as will their employees and others," added Ms. Dummit.

Triune Therapy Group uses evidence-based practices to ensure expert care to individuals, couples, and families. Through a blend of neuroscience, attachment therapy, somatic modalities, cognitive behavioral therapy and other interventions, Triune Therapy Group employs a team approach to meet each individual at their own pace for an integrated recovery. The Triune Team works with individuals on all sides of the #MeToo movement, and firmly believes that treatment and support is the best way for everyone to break the shackles of shame, fear, and isolation and forge a path toward healing.

Dr. Kate Balestrieri, Psy.D., CSAT-S, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in CA and IL, and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist. In over ten years of clinical experience, she has conducted clinical and forensic evaluations, served as an expert witness, and provided treatment in clinical, forensic, and correctional settings. Lauren Dummit is a licensed psychotherapist (MFT) and a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) with a focus on treating trauma and addiction (eating disorders, substance abuse, and sex and love addiction/intimacy disorders, and other behavioral addictions.) Their unique style treats emotional discomfort and pain as an avenue for self-discovery and personal growth.

For additional information, or to schedule a 20-minute consultation free of charge, please call 310-933-4088, email info(at)triunetherapy.com or visit http://www.triunetherapy.com/contact.

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