Patrick J. Carnes , PhD

With over 30 years experience in the addiction field, Dr. Carnes is in high demand as a speaker, presenter, and interview subject, and continues to be the leading voice in the field of sex addiction. Dr. Carnes’ assessment tools related to sex addiction and trauma offer therapists a proven means to begin the treatment process with clients. He is the primary architect of the Gentle Path treatment program for the treatment of sexual and multiple addictive disorders; pioneered the founding of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) and Gentle Path Press. From 1996 until 2004, Dr. Carnes was Clinical Director for Sexual Disorder Services at The Meadows, where he is currently a  Senior Fellow. His achievements include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH), where they present an annual “Carnes Award” to researchers and clinicians who have made exceptional contributions to the field of sexual health. He is the author of several books, including the landmark bestseller, Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction.