Expert Atlanta Counseling for Problematic Sexual Behavior, Porn Struggles and Sex Addiction

Bill Herring, Atlanta psychotherapist and consultant

Overview of My Atlanta Counseling Practice

I've provided psychotherapy and counseling services in Atlanta for nearly 30 years.  Over that time I gradually focused my private practice to the point that I now exclusively help people struggling with chronically problematic sexual behavior, a term I've helped develop for sexual behavior that significantly conflicts with a person's commitments, values and/or self-control. Some of the problematic sexual behaviors I help people figure out and stop include excessive or inappropriate use of pornography (which is any use for some people), inappropriately spending money for sex (including prostitutes, strip clubs or sexual 'massage parlors'), engaging in risky sexual hook-ups, getting involved in repeated or lengthy affairs or other forms of chronic infidelity.  

As a nationally recognized expert in helping people manage these issues I know that problematic sexual behaviors happen for lots of reasons.  Sometimes they point to a form of sexual or pornography addiction.  No matter the reason, I help people stop unwanted behaviors, heal relationships damaged by sexual deception and achieve greater integrity, intimacy, accountability and self-esteem.  My extensive experience can prove extremely helpful during what may ultimately prove to be a uniquely vital moment in the direction of a person's life. Learn more about the counseling and consultation services for sex addiction and other problematic sexual behaviors I provide in my Atlanta counseling practice to get a sense of how I may be able to help you. 

The Types of Services I Provide

I have been helping people in Atlanta address their personal issues for many years.  I am a respectful, affirming. good-natured and intelligent provider of the following services I am ready to provide to you to help improve your happiness and quality of life. 

Individual Counseling

One of the primary clinical services for problematic sexual behavior I provide in Atlanta is individual counseling.  My typical client is an adult (usually but not always a man) who finds that some aspect of his sexual behavior is significantly in conflict with his commitments, his true values or his full self-control.  This may have involved actual physical contact with other people such as affairs, one-night stands, anonymous encounters, strip clubs, prostitutes or sexual 'massage parlors'.  Some people use online chat rooms or cam sites for 'virtual' sex, while about a quarter of my clients struggle only with pornography without ever having any contact or communication with another person.  Almost all of my clients are committed to doing anything to stop their behavior for good and heal any harm they've caused themselves and others.

I'm skillful at helping people see what is happening in their lives in a way that begins to make new sense and give new opportunities for conscious and sustained personal and relational healing.  Whatever brings them to this painful point is the best fuel for growth, as long as it's channeled appropriately.  From the first encounter I'll help give the support, information, guidance and direction to assess what's going on from all relevant dimensions and offer some suggested plans of action to take both in and out of 'session'.

I also regularly work with spouses and other committed relationship partners who are often reeling from the many painful consequences of discovering that they have been living with a person who has been lying to them on a very deep level.   Anyone who has been repeatedly sexually deceived needs a wide range of support, and a properly trained and experienced source of professional counseling is one essential component for addressing such complex betrayal trauma.  If you are ready to book a time to meet and talk individually about what is going in your life and what to do about it, contact me for a prompt reply.

Marital and Relationship Counseling

I also provide marital and couples counseling to help rebuild relationships in the aftermath of chronic sexual deception.  In addition I have a lot of eperience with formal disclosures, a process for a person to re-establish integrity and responsibility to a partner.  I've helped a lot of marriages stay together and weather through the storm of chronic infidelity recovery.  I can offer both hope and action to couples looking to heal their relationship in the aftermath of chronic sexual infidelity.

Group Therapy for Men

I also run half a dozen men's therapy groups, which is an entire discussion unto itself.  Openings in these groups are infrequent due to the level of support, accountability, intimacy, trust and opportunity these venues provide for men to finish the job of becoming the person they never really knew how to be nor witnessed growing up.  All of my group clients come from my established caseload, meaning that nobody comes into one of my groups 'off the street', so there's no need to discuss them further here.

Although I can perform all of these components of professional service at a consistently high level of competence, I rarely engage in all of them with the same client.  I regularly work in collaboration with other helping professionals around Atlanta.  Many people can be affected by the damages caused by sex addiction and other forms of problematic sexual behavior, and insuring the best healing for everyone involved generally benefits from more than one therapist, especially in the kinds of complex cases that make up the bulk of my practice.  

About My Office Location

My unique and comfortable Atlanta office (located just two blocks outside I-285 at the LaVista Road exit on the east side of Atlanta) sits on a quiet street of former residences converted into business addresses.  Instead of lobbies, elevators and support staff you will enjoy a peaceful and well-maintained sanctuary with me as your sole point of contact.  Setting does indeed make a difference. 

How to Best Use This Website

Exploring my extensive website can help you decide if I'm the right person for you and hopefully provide some useful information along the way.  The section on my professional biography and background is the place to review a summary of my pertinent professional qualifications.  There is an entirely different section that houses many articles I have written for professionals and the public which you may find helpful.  For years I have also enjoyed writing little essays and observations on my blog, and I think it's fair to say that if you find my writings helpful then it's likely we'll do very well together.  Finally, I used to collect comments and reviews from former clients who agreed to share their opinions of the help I've provided them, and looking over them may be helpful to your sense of confidence in my abilties.

Contacting Me for an Appointment

 If you want to meet with me please first make sure you are ok with my policies, rates and other important information, then feel free to contact me.  I try to offer appointments quickly so you don't have to wait long to discuss what's going on in your life and talk about what do do about it. 

Bill