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Intimacy Disorder Treatment

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Learn to Connect at Begin Again Institute

Get Help for Intimacy Disorder

Stigmas around mental health concerns are lifting. However, many men are still hesitant to talk about intimacy disorders. Intimacy disorders can make it impossible to maintain romantic relationships and healthy friendships, resulting in shame and despair. Intimacy disorder treatment can help you build shame resilience and develop closer bonds.

At Begin Again Institute, you can heal from intimacy disorder and learn to make true connections with others.

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Understanding Intimacy Disorders

Intimacy is the ability to share your innermost thoughts and feelings with someone else. This type of deep connection builds over time as you get to know and trust another person. 

The first experience of intimacy typically comes during childhood. When parents and other family members protect and nurture a child, the child learns how to trust and form bonds of intimacy. 

Intimate relationships are generally divided into four categories:

  • Intellectual. Bonding over ideas or meaningful discussions
  • Experiential. Sharing common interests and experiences that bring you close
  • Sexual. Having a physical or sensual relationship
  • Emotional. Bonding by sharing feelings, dreams, and fears

The goal for most committed life partners is to build intimacy in all four categories. Intimacy disorder treatment can help you achieve that goal. 

Intimacy disorders can manifest in many different ways. They can lead to sexual dysfunction, including sexual addiction. An intimacy disorder may also cause a person to go in the other direction. They may isolate and avoid close relationships.  


Signs you may benefit from intimacy disorder treatment include:

  • Fear of commitment
  • Difficulty expressing needs
  • Low self-esteem
  • Sexual obsessions or insatiable sexual desire
  • Pornography addiction or sex addiction
  • Self-isolating 
  • Avoiding physical contact
  • Episodes of unexplained anger
  • History of unstable or unsatisfying relationships
  • Fear of rejection or abandonment


People with intimacy disorder may resign themselves to a life without loving relationships, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Intimacy disorder treatment has many benefits and is available and effective. 

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Treatment Approaches for Intimacy Disorders

Approaches for intimacy disorder treatment vary depending on the person’s symptoms. At Begin Again Institute, we combine some of the most effective, evidence-based treatments to help clients heal. Those therapies include:

Internal Family Systems

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is one of the most effective types of intimacy disorder treatment. IFS helps clients understand themselves better. The IFS approach can shed light on how the different parts of yourself, including the wounded parts, react with one another. IFS focuses on healing to restore mental balance. 

IFS is a form of talk therapy. You will work one-on-one with a trained therapist to identify the sub-personalities that live within you. The therapist may recommend certain activities or tools to aid this process. Relaxation exercises and journaling are common. 


The Brainspotting treatment method locates points in the reactive brain to help fix unhealed trauma that results in addiction. Begin Again Institute clients undergo up to four brainspotting sessions during an intensive intimacy disorder treatment program. 

Inner Child Therapy

Holding onto shame or unrealistic expectations from childhood can complicate intimacy disorders. Inner child work may include a combination of therapies meant to aid clients in healing childhood wounds. 

Individualized Treatment Plans

Personalized intimacy disorder treatment plans are crucial for true healing. Intimacy disorders are not cookie-cutter issues. Each person comes to treatment with their own unique background, obstacles, and experiences. Some people may need to heal from sexual trauma, while others benefit from learning how to be emotionally vulnerable. 


Intimacy Disorder Treatment Options at Begin Again Institute

The Begin Again Institute helps men with sex addiction, porn addiction, and other intimacy issues. We offer three powerful programs. 

14-Day Men’s Intensive

The 14-Day Men’s Intensive is based on our TINSA® model (Trauma-Induced Sexual Addiction). BAI is one of the few centers in the U.S. to offer a 14-day program for intimacy disorders. 

The program includes:

  • Lodging
  • Meals
  • Transportation to all program-related, off-campus activities
  • Staff on campus 24/7
  • Treatment from licensed therapists specializing in intimacy issues
  • Free access to our virtual Partner Support Program

The program helps clients find and heal the causes of their addiction. It allows them to stop the destructive behaviors that prevent true intimacy. And all on a gorgeous private campus in a historic home in Berthoud, Colorado.

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28-Day Intimacy Disorder Program

Some men need a higher level of care than a 14-day program can provide. The Men’s Residential Intimacy Disorders program offers the same TINSA model approach with a longer curriculum. 

We recommend this program for men with:

  • Pornography addiction
  • Love addiction
  • Intimacy disorders
  • Attachment disorder
  • Relationship issues
  • Compulsive or problematic sexual behavior
  • Co-occurring conditions

The residential program is held on a breathtaking private campus near Nashville, Tennessee. 


14-Day Christian Men’s Intensive

The 14-day Boulder Recovery Christian Men’s Intensive offers all the amenities and treatment in the traditional program but with a greater focus on rebuilding an authentic relationship with God.

Support for Loved Ones

Partners of men with intimacy disorders may experience betrayal trauma. Treating betrayal trauma is an important component of our program. Enrollment in our virtual Partner Support Program is free and open to anyone whose spouse is in one of our men’s programs.

 Support includes:

  • Group sessions with other members
  • Daily support and check-ins
  • Participation in healing-focused activities
  • Care and education from a betrayal trauma specialist

Participants in the Partner Support Program learn how to deal with stress, self-regulate, and set healthy boundaries.

Success Stories and Testimonials

Here are just a few of the testimonials we have received from men whose lives have been changed by attending a Begin Again Institute program.

Get Intimacy Disorder Treatment Today

Begin Again Institute is accepting admission to our 14- and 28-day programs. Help is just a phone call away. Reach out, and one of our compassionate admissions specialists will guide you through the process to start healing


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