Who is Foundry?

We are licensed therapists, psychologists and mental health professionals, including Certified Sex Addiction Therapists (CSAT), Certified Sex Therapists (CST) and EMDR-trained clinicians. All clinicians are highly trained and experienced for their area of expertise; each clinician holds a Master and/or Doctorate degree and are appropriately licensed for their scope of practice. In treating sex and love addiction, we employ a task-centered model with a mindfulness-based approach. Our founders excelled as staff clinicians for the country’s top Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs) and designed The 5-Day IOP at Foundry as a skills-based curriculum to maximize client resources, focus upon the core competencies for successful recovery, and deliver what works. Bios for all of our clinicians are listed here. Contact information is listed here.

How safe is my privacy and confidentiality?

Your privacy and confidentiality are highly important and is protected by law. Without a signed release from you, we cannot divulge any information about you to a third party. When a signed release is given by you for us to communicate aspects of your case to another mental health professional, those professionals are also legally bound to maintain your confidentiality. Foundry does regularly consult with trusted colleagues and may discuss non-identifying aspects of your case within that professional setting.

If you are using insurance to pay for any portion of your therapy (even through reimbursement), you should be aware that insurers may request access to certain information about treatment for which they are paying. If you have concerns about this, please discuss this with us before starting therapy or before submitting claims for reimbursement to your insurance provider.

Legal and ethical standards of our profession may require that your confidentiality be broken if we believe you’re intent upon causing lethal harm to another person or to yourself. Clinicians at Foundry are legally mandated to report suspected abuse of a child, elder, or dependent adult. However, we are not mandated to report illegal activity that falls outside of these tenets (e.g., prostitution, exhibitionism/voyeurism, theft, etc.).

How long are individual/couples therapy sessions? How often?

Therapy sessions are 50 minutes in length. In some cases—particularly couples therapy— it may be more productive to have 80-minute sessions. Most patients come to therapy once a week, although some may come more frequently depending on the severity of the issues and/or resources available.

How long are group therapy sessions? How often?

Group therapy sessions are 1.5 – 2 hours in length, depending on the group. Groups meet weekly and group members typically commit to a minimum length of time (e.g. 6 months, 12 months, etc.) to participate. Group members are expected to follow the boundaries of group, including maintaining the confidentiality of other participants.

How long are IOP sessions? How often?

IOP sessions are structured as groups (with education and processing) and are 1 – 2.5 hours in length, with several sessions per day. Generally, the IOP sessions amount to approximately 3 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the afternoon for the duration of the IOP. All participants are given a schedule at the beginning of their IOP.

Do you accept credit cards?

Yes. We accept Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Discover. You may also pay by cash or check. Payment is due at the time of service.

Will my insurance cover therapy?

Many of our clients do successfully use their insurance for reimbursement of therapy fees. Some clients receive more reimbursement than others. It will depend on your policy’s mental health benefits. Foundry is not an “in-network” provider for any insurance company. However, we can provide you with a statement that you can submit for reimbursement, if you are so covered. Payment is due at the time of service.

What is your policy for canceled or missed appointments?

All appointments are subject to a 24-hour cancellation policy. If you must cancel or reschedule an appointment with less than 24 hours notice, you will be responsible for the full fee of that session.

Are you going to judge my sexual behaviors?

Absolutely not. We respect your dignity as a person and see our role as being a therapeutic guide for you. Many people who come into therapy for sex, relationships, trauma and/or addictions already have tremendous amounts of shame and guilt. We’re here to help you wade through these issues and discover the life you wish to lead and what that means and looks like for you. Sex is not the enemy, even though it may have become a serious problem. Our goal is to help you discover and uncover a definition of healthy sexuality that works for you.

What if I just want to “cut down” on my sexual behaviors?

Getting to “healthy sexuality” is the goal, so it depends upon what your sexual behaviors are and what’s consistent with your definition of healthy sexuality. For example, some clients can moderate their pornography use; others find that using any pornography is a slippery slope and choose to remain abstinent from all pornography. Some clients want to continue visiting strip clubs but reduce the time and money spent. Some clients want to stop their compulsive nightly search for anonymous sex but still want to engage in the occasional hook-up. Our goal is to help you embrace sexual behaviors that enhance your life.

How do I know if I need professional help for my sexual behavior(s)?

If you’ve tried to stop but you cannot simply “shut off” destructive sexual behaviors and effect long-term change through will-power alone. This is in no way a failing, it’s just that life-long patterns of coping are deeply ingrained and take a lot of work to change. Therapy and intensive programs can give you the guidance, structure, support and tools you need to make healthy changes much more quickly and effectively than if you were doing this on your own.

What are the components of sex addiction treatment?

  • Reducing/stopping the addictive/compulsive behaviors
  • Education about sexual compulsivity
  • Increasing mindfulness, awareness and accountability
  • Developing greater empathy for those in your life impacted by your behaviors
  • Working through trauma and root causes, including guilt & shame
  • Relapse prevention

Will you make me go to 12-Step meetings?

No, we won’t make you. But we might suggest you check out a couple of meetings before rejecting the idea entirely. Sexual compulsivity thrives in secrecy, so there’s a lot of value and shame-reduction provided by a group of addicts (or partners) meeting to solve their common problem. If you’re worried about being seen at a 12-step meeting by someone you know, telephone conference-call meetings are offered by some programs. There are a few different 12-step programs for sex addicts and their partners, and they all define and approach recovery a little differently. We can help you navigate the options and determine which meetings might be the best fit for you. For a list of 12-Step recovery groups, click here.

Why would I choose an IOP (intensive out-patient program)?

Crisis is the most common precipitating factor for people entering an intensive program for sex and love addiction. If you have (or are about to have) severe consequences from your sexual behaviors and you are ready for help, then an IOP could be a very effective way to get a lot of help all at once and give a solid start to your recovery, without being admitted to an in-patient program.

How do I know which IOP is right for me?

Choosing the program which would be the best fit for you can be overwhelming. Things to consider are: severity of your problem and its consequences, experience and skill of the treating clinicians, resources available to you (including how much time you have and affordability), and of course, logistics and travel. The 5-Day IOP at Foundry was designed for busy people who need the structure of an intensive program and want a jump-start on recovery, but cannot take 2 weeks or more away from work and responsibilities. However, we do not try to be all things to all people and if you need more than what we can offer, we work collaboratively with many treatment centers across the country and would be happy to help you find the program that really is the best fit for you.

How long is The 5-Day IOP at Foundry and what days is it run?

It is 5 days long and is run from Wed-Sun, which allows most people to take only 3 days off from work. Each day during the program, participants are at Foundry from 9AM – 5PM, with a lunch break. The program can, in some cases, be adjusted to run Mon-Fri or on some other custom schedule. You can attend The 5-Day IOP at Foundryfrom any of our three California office locations: Beverly Hills, Berkeley and Del Mar. Generally, The 5-Day IOP at Foundry is held monthly in each city as follows:

  • Beverly Hills (Los Angeles) – 2nd week of every month (Wed-Sun)
  • Berkeley (S.F. Bay Area) – 4th week of every month (Wed-Sun)
  • Del Mar (San Diego) – “as needed” depending upon enrollment

What is disclosure and is it part of The 5-Day IOP at Foundry?

Disclosure is a therapy session where a person reveals to their partner information about their addictive/compulsive behaviors. It includes types of sexual behaviors, frequency, relevant locations, money spent, people at risk, lies told, secrets kept, and so forth. There is a protocol to guide this process and therapists work diligently with recovering addicts to ensure the most complete and accurate disclosure possible. If you are a partner of a sex addict and decide to participate in a formal disclosure, you will be asked to participate in several individual “prep” sessions both before and after the disclosure. The formal disclosure can be very powerful in rebuilding trust and healing in the relationship. A formal disclosure is not part of The 5-Day IOP at Foundry, however, much of the prep work will be done during the IOP so that you will be able to readily prepare for a complete disclosure as part of your own recovery process.