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Robert Weiss (therapist)

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Robert Weiss (b. ca 1960) is an author and therapist specializing in infidelity and sexual compulsions.[1]

He grew up in Westchester County outside of New York City. He did his undergraduate work at Tulane University and then moved to Los Angeles. He was sexually promiscuous with men from the time he was 14 into his twenties when he started attending a twelve-step program meeting for people whose lives were disrupted by sexual compulsions, just at the time that the AIDS crisis was emerging, from which he emerged safely. The AIDS crisis led him to want to study sexual compulsions, so he earned a master's in social work at University of California, Los Angeles, then took a job working with Patrick Carnes, who did pioneering work in the field.[1]

In 1995 he opened his own clinic, the Sexual Recovery Institute (SRI), which offered intensive outpatient programs. This was shortly before internet pornography became prevalent and people began struggling with compulsive viewing and internet dating.[1] However, people coming to SRI often had to pay out of pocket, since its programs were not covered by insurance, and Weiss sold SRI to Elements Behavioral Health in 2011.[2] Weiss became Elements' senior vice president of clinical development.[2] Elements closed SRI in 2015.[2][3]


  • Schneider, Jennifer P; Weiss, Robert (2001). Cybersex Exposed: Simple Fantasy or Obsession?. Hazelden Information & Educational Services. ISBN 9781568386195. OCLC 45639054.
  • Weiss, Robert (2005). Cruise Control: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men. Alyson Books. ISBN 9781555838218. OCLC 57695041.
  • Weiss, Robert; Schneider, Jennifer P (2006). Untangling the Web: Sex, Porn, and Fantasy Obsession in the Internet Age. Alyson Books. ISBN 9781555839680. OCLC 122259893.
  • Weiss, Robert; Schneider, Jennifer P (2014). Closer Together, Further Apart: The Effect of Technology and the Internet on Parenting, Work, and Relationships. Gentle Path Press. ISBN 9780985063337. OCLC 812258551.
  • Weiss, Robert; Schneider, Jennifer P (2015). Always Turned on: Facing Sex Addiction in the Digital Age. Gentle Path Press. ISBN 978-0985063368. OCLC 910729348.
  • Weiss, Robert (2016). Out of the doghouse: A Step-by-step Relationship-saving Guide for Men Caught Cheating. Health Communications. ISBN 9780757319211. OCLC 1023814768.


  1. ^ a b c McDonald, Patrick Range (15 May 2013). "Rob Weiss: The Sex-Addiction Therapist". L.A. Weekly.
  2. ^ a b c Enos, Gary A. (July 14, 2015). "Prominent sex addiction program ceases operations". Behavioral Healthcare Executive.
  3. ^ Ivanova, Irina (October 31, 2017). "The lucrative, but dubious, business of treating sex addiction". CBS News MoneyWatch.

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