Dr. Magness is the founder and director of Hope & Freedom Counseling Services in Houston. He is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Dr. Magness in on the board of directors of The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH), the international organization of sex addiction therapists. He served as the organization's President for five terms.
Dr. Magness has studied with Dr. Patrick Carnes, the foremost authority on sex addiction, and has done specialized study in the area of cybersex addiction. He has led national workshops on cybersex addiction and has conducted a multi-state research study that focused on cybersex behavior and recovery among self-identified sex addicts. He is a frequent speaker at both professional and public events. Dr. Magness served as a pastor for twenty years prior to becoming a psychotherapist.
In addition to his specialized training in the area of sex addiction therapy, Dr. Magness is a Certified Anger Resolution Therapist.
Doctor of Ministry, Luther Rice Seminary
Master of Arts in Psychology, Houston Baptist University
Master of Arts in Religious Education, Southwestern Seminary
Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude), Sam Houston State University.
License and Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor
Certified Sex Addiction Therapist
Certified Anger Resolution Therapist
Immediate Past-President of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH), formerly known as the National Council on Sex Addiction and Compulsivity
Member of American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)
Member of Houston Licensed Professional Counselors Association (HLPCA)
Former member of Houston Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow)
Former member of the Lions Club
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Dr. Magness is a frequent speaker for hospitals, civic organizations, churches, and recovery groups. To engage Dr. Magness to speak to your group, you may contact him by
Recognizing and Treating Sex Addiction
Cybersex: The Internet Black Hole
Is Cybersex Really Safe Sex?
Compulsive Online Sexual Behavior
Disclosure in Recovery
Cybersex: What You Need to Know and Why
Healing Marriages Rocked by Sex Addiction
Christians Are Not Immune to Sex Addiction
Healthy Sexuality: An Illusive Dream?
When Too Much Sex is Not Enough
The Cybersex Trap
Physicians and Sex Addiction: Why Physicians are Not Immune
Clergy and Sex Addiction: End it Before it Ends Ministry
My Space, Teens, and Compulsive Sexual Behavior
Protecting Teens and Tweens in the Cybersex Age
Help! I Think I'm Married to a Sex Addict!
Career Success and Sex Addiction: Does Success Have an Achilles Heel?
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Hope & Freedom U
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Hope & Freedom Books
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- Kelly McDaniel, MA Author of Ready to Heal
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