Brief Biography

Robert Weiss Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-SRobert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, has served for the past six years as senior vice president of national clinical development for Elements Behavioral Health. In this capacity, he has established and overseen addiction and mental health treatment programs for more than a dozen treatment facilities, including Promises Treatment Centers in Malibu and Los Angeles, The Ranch in rural Tennessee, and The Right Step in Texas. He was instrumental in integrating Dr. Brené Brown’s The Daring Way™ curriculum into the Elements system. Previously, he developed sexual addiction treatment programming for the Sexual Recovery Institute in Los Angeles and an addiction and trauma treatment program in New Mexico.

An internationally acknowledged clinician and author, he has served as a subject expert on the intersection of human intimacy and digital technology for multiple media outlets including The Oprah Winfrey Network, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, and CNN, among many others. He is the author of several highly regarded books, including Sex Addiction 101: A Basic Guide to Healing from Sex, Love, and Porn Addiction and Cruise Control: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men. He has also co-authored, with Jennifer Schneider MD, both Closer Together, Further Apart: The Effect of Technology and the Internet on Parenting, Work, and Relationships and Always Turned On: Sex Addiction in the Digital Age. He is also a regular contributor to several pop and clinical websites, including Psychology Today, Huffington Post, Psych Central, Counselor Magazine, and, among others. For more information, visit his website at or follow him on Twitter @RobWeissMSW.

My Curriculum Vitae

Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S

Elements Behavioral Health
5000 East Spring Street
Long Beach, California 90815
Phone: 310.360.0041 x214


Los Angeles and Malibu, CA, Dallas, TX, and Nashville, TN: 2010 to the Present

  • Program development for multi-track treatment programs in sexual addiction, drug/alcohol abuse, intimacy disorders, and spousal treatment
  • Oversee multidisciplinary treatment teams and provide program development for both inpatient/residential and outpatient substance abuse, trauma, and intimacy and sexual disorders programs
  • Provide staff and peer professional education and clinical consultation within Elements Behavioral Health facilities and other major treatment centers throughout the US and abroad
  • Manage and oversee senior management priorities
  • Provide overall clinical and marketing direction for multiple programs
  • Provide local, regional, and national community outreach
  • Provide professional resource and referral development

Los Angeles, CA: 1995 to the Present

The Sexual Recovery Institute is an outpatient sexual addiction, love addiction, and nonviolent sexual offender treatment program providing assessment and treatment services to both men and women. SRI is one of only a few such outpatient treatment centers in the United States. SRI offers two-week intensive outpatient treatment programs for sex addiction, love addiction, and nonviolent sexual offending, as well as standard outpatient treatment (individual and group therapy) for the same issues.


Expert Witness: Ongoing Sexual Addiction and Sexual Offender Cases
2003 to the Present

  • Provide expert analysis and testimony in sexual addiction and sexual offending cases
  • Provide detailed “fitness for duty” evaluations (MDs, attorneys, therapists, clergy, etc.)
  • Provide psycho-sexual evaluations for courts and related settings

Director of Program Development: Life Healing Center of Santa Fe
Santa Fe, NM: October 2007 to Jan 2009

  • Developed Sexual Disorders, Addiction, and Trauma Treatment programs for inpatient programming, both male and female

Program Development Consultant, Sexual Offender Treatment Services: City of Hanford, Department of Mental Health
Hanford, CA: 2005-2006

  • Developed and supervised maintenance of outpatient sexual offender treatment program, both male and female


UCLA: Los Angeles, CA
Master of Social Welfare (MSW), Practice Focus: Mental Health, 1992

Emerson College: Boston, MA
Bachelor of Science (BS), Marketing and Business Communication, 1982


  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, California (LCSW), LCS#: 17610, July 1995, Current
  • Certified Sexual Addiction Specialist – Supervisor (CSAT-S), September 1999, Current
  • Daring Way Practitioner – Brené Brown’s Daring Way Curriculum, November 2013, Current


  • AAMFT: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • AGPA: American Group Psychotherapy Association
  • ATSA: Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers
  • CSCSW: California Society for Clinical Social Work
  • IITAP: The International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals
  • NASW: National Association of Social Workers
  • SASH: Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health, board member (1997-2003)

– Past Editorial Board Member, Journal of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity



Edited Book Chapters

  • Weiss, R. (2002). Treatment concerns for gay male sex addicts. In P. Carnes & K. Adams (Eds.), Clinical management of sex addiction. New York, NY: Brunner-Routledge.
  • Weiss, R. (2004). Understanding assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of sexual addiction. In R. Coombs (Ed.), Handbook of addictive disorders: A practical guide to diagnosis and treatment. New York, NY: Wiley.
  • Weiss, R. (2011). How does sex addiction and infidelity affect gay couples? (for partners in same-sex relationships). In S. Carnes (Ed.), Mending a shattered heart: A guide for partners of sex addicts. Carefree, AZ: Gentle Path Press.
  • Weiss, R. (2009). Understanding sexual offending. In A. Neustein (Ed.), Tempest in the temple: Jewish communities and child sex scandals. Waltham, MA: Brandeis.



  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Therapists (Ongoing)
  • American Group Psychotherapy Association (2012)
  • Asia Pacific Behavioural and Addiction Medicine Conference: Singapore (2013)
  • Ben Franklin Institute Summits for Clinical Excellence (2008 to the Present)
  • The Betty Ford Institute (2007)
  • California Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (2005, 2007, 2014)
  • California Society for Clinical Social Work (1999, 2012)
  • The Cleveland Clinic (2011)
  • Hazelden Institute for Addictive Disorders (2004)
  • Houston Family Council on Addictive Disorders (2010)
  • IITAP Symposium (2008 to the Present)
  • Illinois HIV/AIDS State Conference (2005, 2008)
  • Life Healing Center: Santa Fe, NM (2006)
  • The Meadows: Wickenburg, AZ (1999)
  • The National Institutes of Health (2005)
  • The National Association of Social Workers
  • NEFESH Conference – Orthodox Jewish Mental Health Workers (2013)
  • Pepperdine University (2010)
  • Sierra Tucson: Tucson, AZ (2006)
  • Singapore University (2010, 2013)
  • Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (Ongoing)
  • UCLA: Department of Psychiatry (2009)
  • USC + UCLA: Departments of Social Welfare (2005, 2006)
  • UKESAD (UK/European Symposium on Addictive Disorders): London (2013)
  • US Army Family Advocacy and Chaplaincy Group: San Antonio, TX (2008)
  • US Journal Trainings (2006 to the Present)
  • US Marines, Family Advocacy and Chaplaincy Group: Okinawa, Japan (2007)
  • US Marines, Family Advocacy and Chaplaincy Group: Frankfurt, Germany (2005)
  • Vanderbilt University
  • West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders


  • Anderson Cooper 360, CNN
  • BBC 4
  • CNN World News
  • The Discovery Channel
  • ESPN
  • Fox News
  • Larry King Live, CNN
  • The Oprah Winfrey Network
  • The Today Show, NBC
  • World News Tonight, ABC
  • Multiple documentaries, regional news shows, radio


  • AP and Reuters Newswire Services
  • The Atlantic (feature)
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Counselor Magazine
  • Elle
  • Esquire Magazine
  • The Fix
  • Frontiers (feature)
  • GQ (feature)
  • Huffington Post
  • Irish Examiner
  • LA Times
  • LA Weekly
  • Marie Claire Australia
  • Marie Claire South Africa
  • Men’s Health UK
  • Men’s Journal
  • Newsweek
  • NY Times
  • NY Daily News
  • Paradigm
  • Psych Central
  • Psychology Today
  • Times of London (feature)
  • Vogue
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Web MD