WH0 WE ARE
Dare to Connect is unlike anything you've ever tried before.
We are leading therapists with decades of experience working with clients across the globe.
We are also Addicts in Long-Term Successful Recovery.
We have been where you are.
And we bring all of it to you in your fight for the healing and change you want & deserve,
Stephen Moore is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has a strong background in addiction-related treatment and program development, having overseen intensive outpatient programs in both the fields of chemical and sexual addiction for the past 10 years. His clinical work places an emphasis on the role that connection plays in the building, strengthening, and healing of intimate relationships. Stephen has presented to various audiences and appeared in various media outlets discussing the treatment of sexual addiction, the effects of addiction on intimate relationships, and the role that connection and attachment play in the journey of one’s emotional and relational healing from a variety of mental health challenges and disorders.
As a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT), Certified Partner Trauma Therapist (CPTT), and as a sex addict in successful recovery himself, Stephen provides a unique treatment methodology. His intimate knowledge of the “addict’s world,” coupled with extensive specialized training in attachment and intimacy disorders provides a fresh and down-to-earth approach for those struggling with addiction, attachment and intimacy-related issues, and their spouses. He owns Ascension Counseling in American Fork, Utah, a private practice that focuses on all issues related to attachment and intimacy disorders, ranging from sexual compulsion to betrayal trauma. (www.ascensioncounselingutah.com)
Stephen is the co-founder and co-host of the weekly podcast, Porn, Betrayal, Sex and the Experts. which offers a raw and real forum for the discussion of the issues, obstacles, and solutions for healing, dealing with trust, intimacy, and attachment issues. Stephen is also the co-author of The Pornography Paradox which was released at the 2018 UCAP Conference.
Mark Kastleman is a Board Certified Clinical Chaplain and Spiritual Mental Health Practitioner with a specialty in addiction recovery, behavior change and healthy relationships. For the last 22 years, Mark has focused on providing hope and a path to healing for: men battling with pornography and sexual addiction; wives who bear the heavy burden of betrayal trauma; and couples striving to save their marriages. Information on Mark’s intensive, compassionate counseling program "Reclaim" can be accessed at: reclaimcounselingservices.com
In successful long-term recovery from his own struggles with sexual addiction, Mark has a
deep empathy and understanding for his clients. After more than 30 years of marriage,
Mark and his wife Ladawn know the personal heartache and fallout of addiction and mental illness and what it takes for both spouses to heal and successfully move forward together.
Mark’s bestseller, The Drug of the New Millennium—The Brain Science Behind Internet
Pornography Use, has been published in four languages and is widely cited and utilized by
therapists, counselors and clergy. Mark has co-authored a new book, The Pornography Paradox, available on Amazon.com.
In 2007, Mark and his team of neuroscientists and psychologists created the online recovery education and support service—Candéobehaviorchange.com. Through Candéo, Mark enjoyed the privilege of teaching and mentoring individuals in more than 85 countries in their struggles with pornography/sexual addiction and relationship struggles.
As a professional speaker and trainer, Mark has presented to higher education institutions,
government agencies, medical and mental health professionals, the U.S. military and religious organizations across the U.S. and in many parts of the world.
Mark is co-host of the popular weekly podcast, Porn, Betrayal, Sex & the Experts. PBSE has tens of thousands of monthly listeners spread across more than 150 countries worldwide. (www.pbsepodcast.com)