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Rob Weiss, sex addiction expert, signs with Gentle Path Press

Carefree, AZ – March 28, 2012 — As the number of people struggling with destructive sexual behaviors continues to rise (The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health estimates that about 3 to 5% of the population are sex addicts), there is growing concern about the impact of the digital age on how people view sex and intimate relationships today. For some people, sex is like a drug, just like alcohol or other drugs are for alcoholics and drug addicts. And for these people who view sex as a drug, the accessibility and lure of sex today through technology such as free Smartphone apps that use GPS can become overwhelming.

Rob Weiss, MSW, refers to sex addiction as a “national epidemic” that can destroy a person’s life. Sex addiction truly has no boundaries when it comes to gender, race, religion or creed. Not only have people lost their marriages and partners, they’ve lost careers, money, and their self-esteem in the process. The Internet has put fuel on the fire. It’s changed the way we look at intimacy and not in a good way. But, the outlook isn’t all gloom and doom if people are willing to seek help. As a therapist, Mr. Weiss has helped his clients make life changing decisions that have positively impacted their ability to have intimate relationships. He wants to share that message of recovery with others.

The Gentle Path Press bookstore will now exclusively carry Mr. Weiss’ two books: Cruise Control (2005) that looks at sex addiction in the gay community and Untangling the Web (2006) that focuses on sex, porn and fantasy obsession in the digital age. Watch for the second edition of Cruise Control book and e-book in late 2012. In addition, Gentle Path Press will publish a cutting edge book and e-book on the impact of technology on sex and relationships in our culture with Jennifer Schneider, MD, PhD in 2013. “We are excited to bring Rob on board and feel he will be an excellent addition to our array of addiction related resources,” said Stefanie Carnes, president of Gentle Path Press.

Gentle Path Press is a leading publisher of books and resources for addiction recovery. Gentle Path Press was founded in 1998 by Patrick Carnes, Ph.D., a pioneering researcher, clinician, and author in the field of sexual and multiple addictions. Gentle Path books provide readers with the best research-based materials to help repair the lives of individuals and families torn apart by sex addiction.

Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, is the author of three books on sexual addiction and is Founding Director of The Sexual Recovery Institute in Los Angeles. He is Director of Intimacy and Sexual Disorders Services at The Ranch and Promises Treatment Centers. Mr. Weiss is a clinical psychotherapist and educator. He has provided international training for clinicians, addiction treatment centers, and the US military. A media expert for Time, Newsweek and The New York Times, Mr. Weiss has been featured on CNN, The Today Show, Oprah, and ESPN among many others. He blogs for Psych-Central online and can be found on Twitter at robertweissmsw.

For more information on Gentle Path Press, please contact publicist, Connie Carlson at 612-709-6790 or

Much anticipated second edition of best seller Mending A Shattered Heart releases

Carefree, AZ – July 26, 2011— The media goes wild when politicians and celebrities being caught "cheating" on their spouses are exposed in public. Most of these types of stories focus on the person doing the "cheating", not the partner who is left behind. After the media spotlight cools down, what happens to these partners? How do they make the decision to stay or go? Is there really any hope for the future of the relationship? How do they survive the shame and move forward? Mending A Shattered Heart provides real hope, promise and inspiration to readers who are struggling.

Anyone who has discovered their loved one, the one person that they are supposed to trust completely, has been cheating on them will want to read this book. Readers have an opportunity to explore whether the person they are in a relationship with is simply behaving badly or truly suffers from a disease called sex addiction. Knowing the difference and knowing what to do about it can be transformational.

Author and editor, Stefanie Carnes brings together several leading experts in the field of sex addiction and family therapy to guide the reader through an assortment of difficult questions, including, Should I stay or should I go?, How Do I Set Boundaries and Keep Myself Safe?, What Does It Mean if My Partner Has Shown an Interest in Minors? and "What should I tell the kids?" Each of these topics are tackled in individual chapters producing a comprehensive guide that offers readers expertise on how to begin the painful road of mending a shattered heart.

What is unique about Mending A Shattered Heart is that it offers such inspiration and promise for the partner of a sex addict. It shows the seriousness of sex addiction and offers hope by showing that treatment can be successful, but hard work needs to be done—by both the partner and the addict. Without partners really examining their relationship with the sex addict, they can find themselves in a spiral of devastating relationships, essentially leaving the relationship and then falling in love with the same type of person over and over again with the same disastrous results. Mending A Shattered Heart shows the reader that they do have options. Even if the partner makes the decision to leave the relationship, there are things they can do to help them in their own recovery and make sure this never happens again. If they choose to stay in the relationship, they can work toward repairing the damaged relationship along with their own recovery.

All the material in Mending A Shattered Heart is provided in a question and answer format that delves into essential information including therapeutic and practical information that the partner can use right away. This second edition of the book includes a new focus on the impact of the trauma when a partner discovers his or her partner is cheating and what to do about it.

Stefanie Carnes, Ph.D., CSAT, is a certified sex addiction therapist, with expertise in therapy for couples and families struggling with sexual addiction. She is the author of various publications including the recently published Facing Addiction (2011). Dr. Carnes presents regularly at conferences at both the state and national levels.

For more information, please contact Gentle Path Press publicist, Connie Carlson at 612-709-6790 or

Advanced praise for The Problem Was Me

Carefree, AZ – July 5, 2011—Authors Thomas Gagliano, a motivational speaker and respected leader in the field of 12-step recovery and Dr. Abraham Twerski, known as "Pittsburgh's most famous psychiatrist", have published a new book: The Problem Was Me: How to End Negative Self-Talk and Take Your Life to a New Level and are receiving high accolades.

William C. Moyers, author of Broken, provides an endorsement which encourages people to "read this book for insight and inspiration to overcome the haunting self-doubt and fear we all know…here is a road map to contentment in recovery." In a May 2011 review in Counselor magazine, the reviewer noted, "…It should not be written off as a book simply for those who are suffering from addiction, as it has a much broader application…Basically, this book could be helpful to anyone who wants to break the cycle of self-defeating thoughts and self-destructive behaviors."

In yet another positive review posted in the July electronic edition of Publisher's Weekly, the reviewer noted, "…Gagliano presents a method of stopping the negative thoughts and self-destructive behaviors that might appeal to sufferers of substance abuse and poor impulse control. Gagliano, who is not a licensed therapist, uses insights (quotations rather than dialogue) from Twerski to gain a professional opinion of the methods he presents. The book provides a hopeful message on how parents can help their children avoid these pitfalls and how readers can include forgiveness and a spiritual power in their lives."

The Problem Was Me centers on Gagliano's concept of the "warden," a fictitious character that Gagliano uses to personify the negative messages that reside within the mind. "I refer to the warden," says Gagliano, "as an imaginary person with a bat, who sat on my shoulder for years. Whenever someone made me feel defective, he would come out swinging…His motive for using the bat is to take a swing at me should I ever get the idea that I deserve to be happy or if I stumble and make a mistake. He permits me no margin for error."

In The Problem Was Me, Gagliano helps readers to identify the ways in which the warden operates in their own lives and then he offers strategies for gaining freedom from these shackles. Gagliano explains, "I use two forms of written assignments to help participants achieve success. The goal of the first assignment is to increase people's self-awareness as to how they became who they are today. In addition to increasing self-awareness, the second written assignment suggests ways to take healthy actions which will contradict the commands that their internal critic…commands them to play."

Tom Gagliano's book is the result of his personal struggle with addiction and his courageous journey to overcoming this life-threatening condition. Along this path, he developed the methodology described above which he began to share with others. This informal sharing of experience, strength, and hope later grew into a series of group meetings of other like-minded individuals, seeking to change the thinking and negative patterns which underlay their addictions.

In the process of writing this book, Gagliano decided to transition professionally from the business world to the mental health arena. In August, Gagliano will receive his master's degree in social work from Rutgers University.

The Problem Was Me: How to End Negative Self-Talk and Take Your Life to a New Level by Tom Gagliano includes quotes and commentary by psychiatrist, Dr. Abraham Twerski, the author of Addictive Personality and many other titles on addiction, self-esteem, and spirituality.

Connie Carlson, Publicist Gentle Path Press, 7301 East Sundance Trail, B201, Carefree, AZ 85377, 612-709-6790

A Systemic Approach to Clergy Sexual Misconduct

Carefree, AZ – September 15, 2011—Sexual abuse in the Catholic Church has received widespread attention, but clergy sexual misconduct knows no denominational lines and is a well-documented problem that extends to Protestant churches. Research shows that nearly 10 percent of Protestant pastors have sexual contact with someone other than a spouse while in the ministry, more than 30 percent of ministers engage in sexual behavior that they consider inappropriate, and more than 15 percent of ministers qualify as addicted to Internet pornography. Furthermore, when clergy sexual misconduct is discovered in a congregation, seven women, on average, have been victimized.

Existing books on Protestant clergy sexual misconduct tend to focus on specific areas, such as rehabilitation for the pastor, prevention needs, denominational policies, or the traumatic effects on the pastor, his family, or the congregation. Clergy Sexual Misconduct widens this perspective by exploring how each of these elements influences one another and why a systemic approach is the best way to shed light on this stubborn and significant problem.

Fifteen experts have contributed chapters to Clergy Sexual Misconduct on how a systems model can effectively target the intervention, treatment, and education needs of the clergy person, the pastor's family, the congregation, and the denominational leaders. This book offers guidance on the complex factors that can contribute to the health and wholeness of the Church.

Clergy Sexual Misconduct: A Systems Approach to Prevention, Intervention, and Oversight, edited by John Thoburn, M.Div., Ph.D., and Rob Baker, M.A. (Gentle Path Press, Trade Paper, ISBN 978-0-9832713-0-7, Sept. 2011, $24.95).

John Thoburn, M.Div., Ph.D., is an associate professor of clinical psychology at Seattle Pacific University. He is a licensed psychologist, board certified in couple and family psychology, and a former ordained minister. Rob Baker, M.A., is a Washington State licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed mental health counselor. He is currently a certified sex addiction therapist and supervisor through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals.

Corrine Casanova, Publicist Gentle Path Press, 7301 East Sundance Trail, B201, Carefree, AZ 85377,

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