Kevin Leapley, MA, LPC, CSAT
I became a counselor after working my own recovery and healing. My desire is to help men and marriages experience restoration in the same way that I and my own marriage has been restored.
I believe that the real issue of sexual addiction is not simply out of control sexual behaviors but rather a numbing, medicating, and escaping a deeper wound of pain, trauma, and relationship hurt. I see my counseling role as a fellow guide back to a path of wholeness.
I work with men to determine the underlying wounds or trauma that he is using the sex to numb, medicate, escape, and alleviate. The “wound” is usually related to past abandonment, physical or emotional abuse, rejection, low self-worth, shame, and/or disconnection by parent, caregiver, family, and friends. The sexual behaviors have become a pseudo-connection that will never hurt him, leave him, or reject him. The goal is not simply to stop the sexual behaviors but to learn new ways to connect and trust others to meet his needs.
My area of focus in counseling is to work with clients who struggle with sexual addictive behaviors, pornography addiction, multiple affairs, trauma (physical, emotional, spiritual, and men who struggle with anger.
I have received specialized training and education from Dr. Patrick Carnes, who is recognized as both a research and expert in sexual addiction. I obtained a certification from IITAP as a certified sexual addiction therapist (CSAT).
I did not just go to college or a training program and read about recovery from sexual addiction. I also personally lived “the life” and went through my own journey of recovery. Who is better able to help you than a counselor who knows what you are struggling with and also personally knows what it will take to heal?
I earned a Masters Degree in Counseling from Denver Seminary and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado. I participate in forums on pornography and sexual compulsion, and I also give presentations on sexual addition.
I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for the treatment of trauma and have received additional EMDR training for trauma associated with both addictive behaviors and anger.