About Us

The Oak Centre is a specialist porn and sex addiction counselling service established by its Director, John Larkin, in 2008.

We provide counselling services throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific region via Skype video counselling sessions.

We provide recovery programs for people struggling with:

  • Porn Addiction
  • Sex Addiction 
  • Living as a Partner of a porn or sex addict
  • Love/Romance Addiction

“We cannot discover new oceans until we have the courage to lose sight of the shore”.

Ironically, porn and sex addiction are not usually about sex, inspite of the terminology used to describe this problematic behaviour. Rather, its about other issues such as lack of attachment, intimacy disorder, inability to regulate emotions, dysfunctional thoughts and/or beliefs and impaired developmental history due to neglect, abandonment, abuse (physical, emotional, sexual), judgement and excessive  criticism. Inherited traits and tendencies, cultural factors and traumatic and painful life-events can also be influential. 

Sadly, these influencing factors can interfere with a person’s ability to fully live their personal values. In short, one’s values are compromised, and this usually causes damage and pain not only to oneself, but also to others, especially partners, family and friends.    

We offer a proven, task-based approach that focuses on clients gaining the knowledge and skills required to live their life aligned with clearly defined personal values. In addition to helping clients overcome their problematic addictive behaviour, holistically, we aim to help each client become their healthiest and best self.

Our addiction recovery program model is known as Repair & Re-Vision – which is described in the ‘Our Approach‘ section.

Please note that our approach is NOT talk therapy and requires a strong commitment in terms of completing the various tasks and being totally honest with oneself and with others. We recognise that it does take courage to ‘walk’ the road of recovery and many of our clients have walked that path successfully and have transformed their lives.

Our Mission

“To empower people with knowledge and skills to help them live in alignment with their personal values and thereby, become their healthiest and best selves”