Marty Simpson, LMFT, CSAT, CDWF
PACT-2 Therapist

EMDR, Sensorimotor-2 and APSATS trained

So what does all that alphabet soup after my name mean? 

I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) licensed by the state of California. I see males and females, addicts and "normies", partners of addicts, and couples in outpatient therapy. I run weekly groups for partners of sex addicts with a trauma model and personal empowerment approach. I also have a weekly group for women's intimacy and relationship problems (a compliment to SLAA). I am often called to teach or present locally and nationally about problematic sexual behavior and the path to living a life of sexual integrity. Getting licensed was just the beginning of my training as a therapist...

I am currently the Director of Partner Treatment at Center for Healthy Sex, Los Angeles founded by Alexandra Katehakis. There I have trained therapists to be partner sensitive, utilizing a trauma model and advocacy approach for their work with partners of sex addicts and those healing from betrayal trauma. 

As a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT)
Sexual addiction is a complex addiction but there is hope! As a trained

Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT®), I have completed training

developed by Dr. Patrick Carnes which required attendance at multiple

training modules and supervision with a CSAT Supervisor. It also requires

ongoing education so that ASATs/CSATs such as myself are experts in

providing sexual addiction therapy. It is a rigorous process designed to help me best help you.  
Learn more about treatment for sex addiction including an initial (free) sexual addiction screening assessment, please visit If you are a partner, take the Partner Sexuality Survey.
I have had the honor of being personally taught by Patrick Carnes, PhD, Stefanie Carnes, PhD, Rob Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, among others. I am acknowledged in Stefanie Carnes' workbook for partner of sex addicts called Facing Heartbreak and presented with Stefanie at The national conference for The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) in October 2014. 

                                            Much of my therapeutic work is influenced by Brené Brown,PhD,

                                                  author of Daring Greatly, The Gifts of Imperfection, Rising          Strong, and Braving the Wilderness. I have been trained by her and others on her team to be a Daring Way® Facilitator. Her work on vulnerability and shame has greatly impacted my work with clients and has led me to live a more wholehearted life.

I believe the we heal in loving relationships, so I love working with couples! I am a PACT-2 Therapist, having received training from the Psychobiological Approach to Couple's Therapy (PACT) created by Stan Tatkin, PhD which combines attachment theory,

neurobiology, and affect regulation/nervous system arousal. I see many

couples in recovery following infidelity and sex addiction, helping them

rebuild trust, protect their relationship in public and in private, and create

deeper levels of intimacy as they learn to take excellent care of each other. Whether you are recovering from an infidelity or wanting to maintain a healthy relationship the PACT work we do will help you create a securely functioning relationship. This unique way of working has fundamentally changed the work I do with couples. Results happen quickly due to real-time practice in intimacy building skills we do in session. This is not just talk therapy and it's so much more than learning good communication skills!

My work with partners of sex addicts is based on the trauma model and my training in The Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS) created by Barbara Steffens, PhD, et al.  Barbara's revolutionary book Your Sexually Addicted Spouse transformed the field of sex addiction treatment and the way specialists approached the treatment of partners. I am honored to know Barbara, having been trained and supervised by her personally and presented with her about Treatment for Partners of Sex Addicts at the 2014 National conference for The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH.) 

                           Barbara Steffens, Marty Simpson, Stefanie Carnes and Dan Drake presenting together on the

                              treatment of partners of sex addicts at The National Conference for The Society for the

                                                    Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) October 2014.

I have 2 years (about 400 hours) of training in

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy,

the work of Pat Ogden, PhD. This practice integrates

attachment theory with somatic (body) experience to help

clients process developmental, relational, and physical trauma. 

Substantiated by neuropsychology and impelled by

mindfulness, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy harnesses the

innate wisdom of the body to liberate human potential.

I also use a variety of other trauma tools from

specialized trauma therapies such as EMDR-based resource tapping, Emotional Freedom Technique, Trauma Resiliency Model and Somatic Experiencing.

I'm a graduate of the Master’s of Clinical Psychology program at Antioch University, Los Angeles, where I was trained in LGBT Affirmative Psychotherapy. I have a special interest in the relationship of Family of Origin, religious/cultural beliefs, trauma, with addiction and intimacy. I specialize in creating securely functioning relationships, improving couple’s communication, regulating affect, and nurturing a differentiated sense of Self all of which are key to developing healthy intimacy in relationship. I utilize mindfulness, EFT, CBT, Somatic body work, psycho-dynamic modalities (including Jungian and Voice Dialogue techniques,) and Non-Violent Communication and I work relationally, meaning I'm a real person in the room, and I believe in the healing power of the therapeutic relationship.