by Kyle Beard on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
Three years ago the concept of a therapy center for sex addiction never crossed my mind. After working alone in private practice for a few years, my dream was to continue helping struggling individuals with their sex addiction as a sole practitioner. When I began counseling, my practice was slowly gaining stream and I was happy with it. Oh how naive my former self was. After years of working with sex addicts, I began to see a need for a team-based approach to working with an addict, their partner, and family all in one place. Out of this idea, Restorations Therapy Center was born.
Fast forward to today, April 11, 2016, and the doors of Restorations Therapy Center have now been open for two years. I sit here thinking how unfathomable it is to do this work alone. Individuals, couples, and families affected by sexual addiction come to see us in such tumultuous situations, believing that no one person can provide the care, support, and encouragement for the journey ahead. The staff surrounding me at RTC continue to amaze me daily with their knowledge, tenacity, and love for helping the clients that we work with every day. Each week, Tracy, Stephen, Kevie, and I meet together to challenge and push each other to become better therapists, to brainstorm how to help our hurting clients, and to encourage one another after comforting hurting people. After two years working alongside this group, I would cannot fathom working with sex addicts and their families without this team.
Directly helping clients and their families through counseling has and will always be the main purpose of RTC, but in the past two years, other avenues for helping those struggling have come to our attention. I have found that one of my passions is educating local therapists and treatment facilities on the sweeping epidemic of sexual addiction today. Through partnerships with in-patient facilities, such as Elements, The Meadows, and Shadow Mountain, as well as local churches and non-profits, I have given over a dozen seminars, teaching almost five hundred individuals about prevention and assessment of sexual addiction. In reality, there will always be individuals in need of our services, but our hope is by educating therapists, parents, and the like, there will be some people who will never have the need for our services. By teaching others about sex addiction, we can help more clients get the help they need. The ability to help even one person avoid sexual addiction, stirs my heart in a powerful way.
What’s on the horizon for Restorations Therapy Center at this time of reflection? We have many different programs and possibilities that continue to evolve. In March, we hosted a conjoint Experiential Night with a local therapist Mark Miller, inviting our clients to experience a unique type of therapy, in an attempt to create new movement in their recovery. After seeing incredible change in the clients who attended, Mark and the RTC team plan to continue this Experiential Night quarterly over the next year. Additionally, new seminars are continuing to be developed for this year. This past February we partnered with The Meadows to host a workshop on “Health Sexuality in the 21st Century” for counseling professionals, and we hope to offer this seminar again this year. The Colorado Association of Addiction Professionals (CAAP) has invited me to give presentation on sex addiction at their annual conference for addiction professionals in Colorado this June. Every day, we are continuing to educate clients, professionals, and families on the issue of sex addiction, how anyone can help and prevent this struggle from ever occurring.
As I said earlier, the heart of Restorations Therapy Center will forever be helping clients foster a healthy sexuality. From individual and group counseling, to experiential nights, to marital therapy, to weekend intensives, to workshops and the like, our heart is to help the hurting. We strive to be a facility of therapists who are gifted in counseling, have the highest level of training, and a heart for those affected by sexual addiction. Today, we want to take a moment to thank all of the amazing supporters along the way. From the marketers, to fellow therapists, to pastors giving us a listing ear, and organizations taking a risk on us – to everyone who has been part of this journey, we thank you for the amazing support and care you’ve provided. We could never work in this field without you, and we see you as a part of our larger team. And as for the next two years before us at RTC, we continue to dream of new ways to help restore hope to the hurting!