Understanding Sex Addiction Through an Attachment and Trauma Lens

Presented By LISA LACKEY, LCPC, CSAT, CMAT, EMDR II, Chief Clinical Engagement Officer + Co-Owner, Insideout Living, Inc.

Provided by RiverMend Health Institute

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Release date: January 25, 2018 at Noon ET

Valid through: January 25, 2021

Topic: Sex Addiction, Trauma

Media: Public

Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 60 minutes

Target Audience

CD/Addiction: This CE activity is intended for physicians, psychiatrists, physician assistants, psychologists, and allied mental health advocates.

Program Overview

Sexual addiction is an intimacy disorder that can be the outcome of impaired early attachment experiences and childhood trauma. This dysregulated bonding and unresolved trauma causes shame in the developing child. Primary needs and desires become unmet to the individual. Affect regulation also is damaged because of difficult bonding experiences. This further impairs the capacity to master feelings and successfully guide the process of need fulfillment and social engagement. Sexual addiction is a compulsive cycle that attempts to compensate, soothe, and regulate the internal struggle. The cycle, in turn, creates more shame and dysregulation of affect. Strategies to reduce shame, regulate affect, and create sexual boundaries necessary for successful treatment of sexual addiction will be outlined.

Learning Objectives

After this presentation, attendees will be better able to: 

  1. Identify the biology of addiction and trauma
  2. List at least 3 types of attachment styles associated with addictive behaviors
  3. Specify models for treating sex addiction and trauma that increase social engagement and can effectively offer corrective developmental experiences
  4. Practice at least one way of treating sex addiction through a trauma and attachment lens

Continuing Education

NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals

RiverMend Health Institute is a NAADAC Approved Continuing Education Provider and may offer NAADAC- National Certification Commission approved hours for events that meet NAADAC requirements.

NAADAC Continuing Education Units awarded: 1.0 from provider #146437

NBCC, National Board of Certified Counselors

RiverMend Health is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

NBCC CE credit Awarded: 1.0 from provider #6781



LISA LACKEY, LCPC, CSAT, CMAT, EMDR II, Chief Clinical Engagement Officer + Co-Owner, Insideout Living, Inc.


When human beings experience childhood trauma, addictions or severe life stressors, it is not uncommon for their lives to fall apart. My great purpose and passion is bringing healing to people who have been through trauma, addiction and major stressful experiences. Our team and I help clients, find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships so they can know themselves as connected, complete, valuable and safe.

I know that there is no one size fits all approach to meet the needs of every individual, and so I have been trained in a range of modalities including Emotionally Focused Therapy, Somatic Transformation, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, Sex and Multiple Addiction Treatment, Group Therapy, The Rhythm of Regulation and Reiki to support in the treatment of trauma and addictions.

My educational background includes two Master’s Degrees, one in Education from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University and the other in Human Services and Counseling from National-Louis University. My great purpose and passion to bring healing to those trapped in trauma, addiction and negative beliefs have afforded opportunities to provide clinical counseling, corporate training and development, professional training, intervention services, workshop facilitation, and public speaking. I am the grateful Co-Owner and team member of Insideout Living, with offices in Chicago and Evanston, Illinois.

Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

LISA LACKEY, LCPC, CSAT, CMAT, EMDR II, Chief Clinical Engagement Officer + Co-Owner, Insideout Living, Inc.
  • No financial relationships relevant to this field of study.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

There are no fees for participating and receiving credit for this activity. During the accredited period, participants must read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures; study the educational activity; and complete the post-test and the evaluation form. If you pass the post-test and complete the evaluation, your certificate will be available immediately for download in PDF format.

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Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.