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Overcoming Guilt and Shame in Recovery


About the Author

Dr. Peter Kleponis

Peter C. Kleponis, Ph.D., SATP-C is a Licensed Clinical Therapist and Assistant Director of Comprehensive Counseling Services in Conshohocken, PA. He holds an M.A. in Clinical-Counseling Psychology and a Ph.D. in General Psychology. Dr. Kleponis has over 18 years of professional experience working with individuals, couples, families and organizations. He specializes in marriage & family therapy, pastoral counseling, and pornography/sexual addiction recovery. He is Certified in the Diagnosisand Treatment of Sexual Addictions by The American Association of Christian Counselors' Light University, by Dr. Mark Laaser's Freedom Begins Here Program, and by Dr. Todd Bowman’s SATP program. Dr. Kleponis has been a guest on several EWTN television programs including Women of Grace, Franciscan University Presents, Crossing the Goal, EWTN Bookmark, and At Home with Jim & Joy. He is also a regular guest on Relevant Radio's On-Call program. Dr. Kleponis travels throughout the country educating people on how to win the battle against pornography through his Fighting Porn in Our Culture…and Winning! program. He is the author of two books, The Pornography Epidemic: A Catholic Approach (2012) and Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography (2014). Dr. Kleponis is also founder of the Integrity Starts Here Catholic recovery program for pornography and sexual addiction. He works with individuals and couples from around the United States and internationally in-person, by phone, and by Skype. For more information see his website, www.peterkleponis.com.

Comments (1)

Lisa - June 1, 2017 2:49 pm

Dr. Kleponis,

Words will never express how grateful I am for every word of this article. I have tried to express those thoughts to my husband, but couldn’t find the right words.

My husband’s CSAT therapist has been telling him the truth is ‘nobody’s business but his’.

So, after discovery of his 40 year pornography addiction (and sex outside marriage for the past 5 years) destroyed the marriage, me, and our future… he told his parents and brother that I am crazy, and only imagining things. He also said he cheated one time (far from the truth), but only because I withheld sex from HIM… adding further insult to my agony.

My family knew I was falling apart last year, and we also have a young son that demanded to know why his Dad got thrown out of the house. My husband refused to tell our grown daughters anything, and is angry with me for confiding in them. I ‘ruined his relationship’ with them. He refused to give our son even the barest of explanations, but my therapist said he deserved to know his dad was the reason for the sudden craziness in our home.

Anyway, God bless you 1,000 x 1,000. I sent him the link, and even if he still doesn’t ‘get it’, at least you said just what I meant. 🙂


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