For Parents Whose Children Have a Sexual Addiction

by | Mar 22, 2015 | what you can do

Does your son or daughter have a sexual addiction? Do they go from one promiscuous relationship (with the same-sex or the beauty2opposite sex) to another? Are they irresistibly drawn to pornography in various forms? Have these behaviors become a pattern? If so, you need to know about Bethesda Workshops in Nashville, Tennessee.

Their mission is to provide a place for healing for those damaged by pornography and other forms of sexual addiction; and to provide training for professionals who work with sex addicts and their loved ones. They offer clinical intensive workshops with the best strategies based on grace-based Christian principles.

What sets them apart?

  • Facilitated solely by licensed clinicians; a majority are CSAT trained (Certified Substance Abuse Training).
  • 4-day core workshop program instead of only 3 days
  • Affordable fee includes all lodging and meals
  • Similar intensive available for partners and couples
  • Multiple staff at each workshop offer different styles and therapeutic expertise.


Topics they cover: Unmanageability, family of origin issues, childhood trauma, cycle of addiction/co-addiction, 12 step recovery, boundaries, rebuilding trust, healthy intimacy and sexuality, talking with children and spirituality.

Bethesda offers workshops for men and women separately, for teen males, for partners, and for healing wounds. To participate in a couples workshop, each spouse must have attended his/her own workshop first.

What participants have to say:

“I received hope and tools I never had before.”

“The workshop was worth 5x the cost.”

Bethesda Workshops Director, Marnie Ferree, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is also a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist. In her book, No Stones – Women Redeemed from Sexual Addiction, that she has been there and understands. Marnie was the first Christian author to address this issue among females. She has published many other articles and books and is an editorial board member for a peer-reviewed professional journal.

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In her book, Ferree offers a unique resource for women struggling with sexual addiction. Taking her book’s title from the parable where Jesus extends grace to the woman caught in adultery, Ferree bravely shares her own story of sexual addiction, recalling her years of shame from living a double life and the moment when she ultimately had to tell the truth. But more than just offering her story as a hopeful example of God’s transforming power, Ferree distills her clinical expertise on female sexual addiction accessibly and gently, providing a much-needed resource for women struggling with any degree of relational or sexual addiction. Ferree details the roots of addiction in family trauma and offers clear-eyed advice as both a counselor and a “grateful recovering sex addict” on how to achieve sobriety and healing.


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Dear God, please direct the men and women who struggle with an addiction to pornography, sex and unhealthy relationships to find the healing these workshops can provide. Open doors and make a way for them to be able to attend. Speak to their hearts and set them free. Lead them to the intimacy they long for that can only be found in You. 

In the Name of Jesus.