John Larkin, Director of The Oak Centre, is our primary counsellor and is supported by Lauren Hedley, an associate counsellor with The Oak Centre.

John is the first Australian to qualify as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT), having graduated from the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP).

John has also completed training in the treatment of developmental trauma with Pia Melody at The Meadows in Arizona, USA.

John’s principle mentors include Dr. Patrick Carnes, Dr. Ken Adams, Dr. Stefanie Carnes, Dr. Rob Weiss, Pia Melody and Dr. Terrence Real – pioneers and leaders in their fields of sex, porn and love addiction treatment and research, and relationship therapy. 

John holds Masters Degree and Post Graduate Degree qualifications in counselling from the University of Canberra, Australia.

John is an Associate Counsellor at The Banyans Health & Wellness Centre in Brisbane (www.thebanyans.com.au) and has also gained practical experience at several international addiction recovery treatment centres, including The Meadows, Arizona; Cumberland Heights, Tennessee, The Cabin, Chang Mai, Thailand and South Pacific Private, Sydney.

Lauren Hedley is the first female Australian counsellor to qualify as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT), having graduated from the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP). Lauren’s principle mentors include Dr. Patrick Carnes, Dr Stefanie Carnes, Dr. Ken Adams and Dr. Rob Weiss.

In addition to treating all aspects of porn and sex addiction, Lauren has a particular interest in relational and betrayal trauma which is commonly experienced by partners of porn and sex addicts. Lauren holds Masters Degree and Post Graduate Degree qualifications in counselling from the University of Canberra, Australia.

John and Lauren are both members of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).

John Larkin, Director of The Oak Centre, is our primary counsellor and is supported by Lauren Hedley, an associate counsellor with The Oak Centre.

John is the first Australian to qualify as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT), having graduated from the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP).

John has also completed training in the treatment of developmental trauma with Pia Melody at The Meadows in Arizona, USA.

John’s principle mentors include Dr. Patrick Carnes, Dr. Ken Adams, Dr. Stefanie Carnes, Dr. Rob Weiss, Pia Melody and Dr. Terrence Real – pioneers and leaders in their fields of sex, porn and love addiction treatment and research, and relationship therapy. 

John holds Masters Degree and Post Graduate Degree qualifications in counselling from the University of Canberra, Australia.

 

 

 

The Banyans Health & Wellness Center

John is an Associate Counsellor at The Banyans Health & Wellness Centre in Brisbane (www.thebanyans.com.au) and has also gained practical experience at several international addiction recovery treatment centres, including The Meadows, Arizona; Cumberland Heights, Tennessee, The Cabin, Chang Mai, Thailand and South Pacific Private, Sydney.

 

Lauren Hedley is the first female Australian counsellor to qualify as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT), having graduated from the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP). Lauren’s principle mentors include Dr. Patrick Carnes, Dr Stefanie Carnes, Dr. Ken Adams and Dr. Rob Weiss.

Lauren has a particular interest in relational and betrayal trauma which is commonly experienced by partners of porn and sex addicts. Lauren holds Masters Degree and Post Graduate Degree qualifications in counselling from the University of Canberra, Australia.

John and Lauren are both members of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).

Why a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist?

Certified Sex Addiction Therapists (known as CSAT’s) are the ‘Gold Standard’ for assessing and treating porn and sex addiction. To earn full CSAT credentials, counsellors must be practising Masters Degree clinicians with at least 3 years of clinical practice.

They are then required to complete the CSAT certification process which is comprised of both academic and practical components. Therapists must complete studies at the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) in the United States. The syllabus has been developed by Dr. Patrick Carnes, a pioneer in the field of sexual addiction research, and other members of the IITAP clinical board.

Following successful completion of academic studies, 30 supervised hours of porn/sex addiction counselling must be completed to become fully certified with the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP).

CSAT’s are highly trained trauma treatment specialists who help their clients work through issues that untrained clinicians may leave unaddressed. CSAT’s understand the underlying wounds, experiences, patterns, and trauma that can lead to porn and sex addiction and such individuals need an experienced and skilled counsellor who understands and can treat the underlying causes of the addictive behaviour.