My work with Dr. Barta has allowed me to not only cease engaging in compulsive sexual behaviors, but also examine the underlying fears and traumas that caused me to resort to these behaviors in the first place. I am a much healthier person as a result of these efforts, and look forward to actually living the rest of my life instead of avoiding it as I did before.
The Begin Again program has made a huge difference in my life. For the first time, I feel like I can go forward without shame and without secrets. It’s a new beginning - just like the name says. I can’t say enough about Michael Barta and Dr. Honor Ashbaugh’s medical competence and experience with addiction, coupled with the female perspective is a critical component. You have built an excellent program here and I commend you and thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I really appreciate Dr. Barta's straight forward, no nonsense, "tell it like it is," yet caring, light-hearted, humorous and empathetic approach. The fact that Dr. Barta is a recovering sex addict himself lends tremendous credibility to his advice and instills deep confidence in me. My treatment in his practice is a key ingredient in my successful recovery to date. I drive an hour each way for my counseling sessions and have never once regretted it.
Dr. Barta is on the cutting edge of his practice. He understands the human condition, and how our experiences shape us. His insight is deep and to the point, and he will give it to you like it is. He has a variety of methods and approaches, and caters them to the individual. He is both highly professional while uncommonly kind and empathic. I spent thousands seeking help elsewhere with little progress... this is much more caring advice.
M & K.S.
Dr Barta has been the shining light at the end of a very long tunnel, where for 20 years there was no light. As a couple we have been to multiple counselors over the years for the same problem, and never seemed to have any resolution. My husband resented going and I was frustrated because no one seemed to “get it.”
After the straw that broke the camels back I searched for help one last time before I gave up on our marriage. That’s when I found Dr Barta. I spoke with him over the phone, and I knew he was the answer to my prayers. He was kind, patient and most of all he understood and knew right away what needed to happen to change the cycle we had been living in. After our first meeting, both my husband and I knew were in the perfect place. My husband felt very comfortable with Dr Barta, more so than any other professional we’ve met with.
The comfort level increased the dialogue and healing began. The support, direction and understanding that Dr Barta offers is beyond what I could have ever asked for. Honestly, we owe him more that we could ever repay; he is worth his weight in gold. Not only did the light at the end of the tunnel shine, he turned the light on in my and my husband’s minds as he explained to us the “why” of the behavioral issues we had faced for so many years. I understand very clearly, and my husband also understands how his upbringing leads him to have this addiction. Understanding why allows us the ability to heal and correct damage that was done in years past. We are both in a healthier place than ever before and we have so much to look forward to, together. I heard a quote once that went something like this “If you want to change a person, the first thing you must do is to change their awareness/perception of themselves” This is what Dr Barta has done for us, we have a new awareness of ourselves, and each other and now we are able to change ourselves for the better and move forward with the understanding and answers that allow us to live together, healthier.
Thank you Dr Barta, from the bottom of our hearts!!!
Dr. Barta’s helped me get my life on track. I was going down a dark road and didn’t really understand what was happening. Thanks to the guidance and support of Dr Barta, things have turned around. I understand that I am not alone and that I have support. I deserve a happy life and deserve to be happy! Even though this road is challenging CSRC has made the journey bearable. I would highly recommend CSRC. Meet with Dr. Barta just once and you will see for yourself.
Dr. Barta has been a tremendous help in identifying and working through family of origin wounds I’d avoided facing for decades. The structured, compassionate approach Michael led me through over the past two and a half years has been an immense benefit to my recovery.
I spent several years believing that I could beat this addiction on my own. After multiple relapses and escalating behaviors, I hit my rock bottom. I am so glad that I found the courage to enroll for the two-week program. Drs. Barta and Ashbaugh have crafted a program that works for people from all walks of life. Most importantly, I was given the “why” for how I had become a sex addict. I was then given the tools and framework for how to live a sober and healthy life. I am forever grateful for the BAI experience. I am leaving my shame behind and looking forward to the future.
I entered recovery in early 2010. Although I had a good understanding of the 12-step process, sex addiction was a new concept to me and there were many facets of my life I could not understand. I believe had it not been for Dr. Barta’s influence on my recovery, I would not be enjoying continued abstinence. I also find that because of the direction of Michael’s counseling I have had an easier time navigating the issues and challenges that come up in my recovery life.
Michael has helped me overcome a sexual addiction that I struggled with on my own for over 20 years. He has a unique perspective that combines a vast professional knowledge with his own personal addiction experience. He combines this knowledge and experience with a fantastic wit and an easy honest humor that eased the shame I felt and helped keep me on the road to recovery.