Support & Guidance toward your Certification in Sex Addiction Therapy
Congratulations on your journey toward your CSAT Certification!
IMPORTANT NOTE: Greetings CSAT Candidate - While I do my very best to keep this page up-to-date, please always refer and defer to IITAPs website for the most updated and accurate information for the CSAT certification, required supervision hours, and other certification information.
Welcome to our CSAT community! Working toward the CSAT certification is a rewarding process, however, at the start it can feel as if you are learning a new language. Because there are many concepts, tools and tasks to learn, the process may feel overwhelming at times.
I supervise diverse therapists from all around the country and the world. I meet every CSAT candidate where they are in their training process and professional growth, no matter if you are a student or a seasoned clinician.
I enjoy supporting candidates as they develop the confidence and skill set in understanding and professionally executing the tasks, tools and assessments needed in this complex specialization.
In addition to my clinical work with men and women in sexual recovery, I also have extensive experience in working with betrayed partners and spouses. I work from a trauma model vs. a co-dependency model with partners.
Additionally, I speak and teach nationally on this topic of sex addiction and betrayal trauma, and co-authored "Facing Heartbreak" with Dr. Stefanie Carnes, and am the author of, Healing from Betrayal. I am also on the IITAP Ethics Committee , and part of the IITAP academic faculty for the CPTT certification (as of this update on June 2019).
For CSAT candidates who are interested in adding group therapy to your practice, I have many years of experience in facilitating recovery groups and workshops. As a CSAT supervisor, I enjoy teaching candidates how to organize and facilitate both men's sexual recovery groups, and recovery groups and workshops for betrayed partners and spouses. My groups have been filled with a wait list and going strong for over 14 years.
I am highly skilled in the Formal Disclosure process having researched, developed, and created the four step Formal Disclosure modality and the Formal Disclosure Materials Packet that is now used by hundreds of CSATs and agencies world wide.
During our work together, I will help you develop a deeper understanding of the task model as you build confidence in applying your growing CSAT skills in your clinical treatment planning. I am here to support your learning as you support each stage of recovery for your clients including:
Exercises & Materials
Clinical Boundaries and Self Care
Legal and Ethical Concerns
My Supervision Style
Here is a bit about who I am as a professional: I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California, the founder of Growth Counseling Services, the co-author of, "Facing Heartbreak: Steps to Recovery for Partners of Sex Addicts", the author of, "The Creative Clinician: Exercises and Activities for Clients and Group Therapy", and, "From FairyTales to Facelifts: Learning to Love the Image in the Mirror" workshop, and the author of, “Healing from Betrayal.” I am a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist with 14 years of experience, and a trusted CSAT Supervisor certified through the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP).
I truly enjoy supporting other therapists and clinical colleagues achieve their professional goals. The feedback that I receive on my supervision style is that I am, "supportive, knowledgeable, experienced, organized, structured, focused, creative, and responsive" - you can read more about my supervision support from other candidates here.
Other Areas I will Support as your Supervisor
Now in my 50's, I have a wealth of knowledge and business skills as a former corporate executive, and design business owner that include marketing and networking, as well as starting and maintaining a successful fee for service private clinical practice for many years with an average clinical wait list of 6-8 weeks.
Additionally I am a national speaker, facilitate couples workshops, and author. I write and consult on developing multiple income streams for clinicians, and have created several income streams including my popular e-book, "The Creative Clinician: Exercises and Activities for Clients and Group Therapy."
I share all of this here because, as part of my supervision role, I am passionate about supporting the dreams in the wonderful candidates and clinicians I am honored to work with. I sincerely believe that each therapist can achieve their professional vision and make a great living at this important and very challenging work we do!
My Theoretical Orientation
My theoretical orientation is a combination of Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Systems. I love teaching other clinicians how to "speak brain" in understanding addiction, trauma, compulsivity and impulse challenges. It is also important to understand that while "sex addiction" is not yet recognized as a diagnosis in the DSM V, the World Health Organization (W.H.O) now classifies compulsive sexual behavior as a mental health condition.
Frequently Asked Questions
I have taken time to address FAQs from candidates here please take a moment and read through the questions and answers provided. Again, while I do my best to keep up with any changes IITAP has made, please always refer and defer to their website as they will have the most up to the minute information on CSAT candidate certification requirements.
Once you have read through this page and the FAQ page, you are welcome to contact me if you would like to set up a first supervision. Due to my schedule and time zone differences, I am best reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you email me with a question that is answered on this website, I will re-direct you here, so please do take few minutes to read through this supportive information and the FAQs.
A Little About Who I am
When I am not in my professional role I love getting outdoors! Hiking, swimming in the ocean, pilates and dance are activities that make my heart smile.
I also love to travel or just hang out with friends and family over dinner. Writing, music and creating have been life long passions for me. Oh, and chocolate...chocolate is most definitely on the list of top favorite things!
I am an advocate for animals and have a rescue cat named Stanley who likes to curl up next to me during my writing time. He brings a lot of joy into my life.
Thank you for taking some time to get to know a little more about me as a person, therapist, and CSAT supervisor! Let me know how I can be of support: email@example.com
CSAT Supervision Fees
My fee is $165 for a focused 50-minute individual supervision session and I conduct these sessions via phone on Monday and Friday mornings (Pacific Standard Time) and Thursday afternoons. You are welcome to visit my testimonial page to hear how other therapists and CSAT's have have been supported in their work with me. You can schedule at your convenience on my calendar here.
I occasionally facilitate group supervisions with 2-4 candidates and am happy to slide my fee per the allotted session time for group supervision. Please note that 2 candidates will have a full hour with the time split between each candidate and will be billed at $125/per candidate; a group of 3 will require 90 minutes of time split between each candidate and will be billed at $110/per candidate; a group of 4 candidates will require 120 minutes and this time will be split between each candidate and will be billed at $100/per candidate. It will be the candidates responsibility for conferencing me in.
When facilitating individual or group supervision, I offer this support on Monday or Friday mornings, and Thursday afternoons scheduled in advance via my calendar here. Because our supervision will focus on tasks, tools and practice management, as well discussing clients that you are working with and applying this information to your client cases, I do not provide SKYPE sessions due to confidentiality issues. We will meet via the phone at (818) 521-4370 and you will call me at your scheduled day and time. If you live out of the United States, we will meet via SKYPE or Zoom.
CSAT Supervision Forms
The following forms are needed in order to begin supervision for your CSAT certification with Mari A. Lee, LMFT, CSAT-S.
Set Up Your First Session
If what I have shared here resonates with you, and you are interested in working with me as a supervisor, depending upon my current availability (please note that I typically have a wait list for supervision of about 2-4 weeks), I ask that we set up a first supervision session. After working together in this session, we will see if it feels like a good fit moving forward for both of us. You may schedule your first supervision here.