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The Short Version: Dr. Doug Weiss, of Heart to Heart Counseling Center, has made it his life’s mission to heal broken hearts and reinforce relationships. He runs intensive counseling sessions in Colorado Springs to address sexual addiction, intimacy anorexia, infidelity, and other personal issues. Throughout the last 30 years, Doug and his team of trained psychologists have motivated and educated people on the path to recovery. You can call (719) 278-3708 to set up an appointment that may just change your life.
Dr. Doug Weiss took an interest in addiction counseling and psychology after going through painful and traumatic experiences in his youth. He was born a child of infidelity and raised in foster care. From an early age, he suffered from drug and alcohol addiction. It took him years of counseling to recover his health and happiness, but once he’d made it out of the darkness, he discovered his calling in life is to light the way for others.
Now Doug is 30 years sober and happily married, and he runs Heart to Heart Counseling Center as a beacon of hope to couples everywhere. This private counseling center in Colorado Springs offers therapeutic resources and services for singles and couples in crisis. As a trained relationship psychologist, he specializes in helping people who struggle with sexual addiction, intimacy anorexia, and infidelity.
Doug didn’t set out to join this field, but he gained experience in sexual addiction counseling because his colleagues continually referred couples to him. “It happened naturally because they didn’t know what to do with those cases,” he told us, “and I did.”
Throughout his career, Doug has written dozens of self-help books to educate and empower couples on a healing journey, and his therapeutic advice has been featured by Oprah, Dr. Phil, CNN, Fox News, and other major media outlets. He can bring both professional knowledge and personal experience to the table, and that makes his insights all the more compelling and trustworthy.
Doug heads up a team of 15+ trained psychologists and counselors who understand the hearts and heads of their clients. Everyone on the staff has been certified in sex addiction therapy, and they maintain a compassionate and nonjudgmental space where clients can feel safe while discussing deeply personal issues.
Doug is a pragmatic coach with a personalized approach to sexual addiction, marital problems, and intimacy issues. He and his team conduct a thorough assessment of new clients to design a therapeutic program that will address that particular person’s particular problems.
The therapists work closely alongside their clients facing challenges in the bedroom and beyond. Doug said he will employ every technique in the book, including giving unfaithful spouses a polygraph test, to give individuals the push they need to change their habits and repair their relationships.
“The individual has to take personal responsibility. It’s not the therapist’s job to make people better. That’s their job,” he said. “A therapist coaches them and gives them the principles and help incorporate those principles into their hearts. And, if they do, they get better.”
A majority of Doug’s clients live out of state and fly in to work with him and his team. Heart to Heart Counseling Center offers three-day and five-day intensive coursework to quickly set clients on the path to recovery. Teenagers, singles, and couples have all benefited from these high-impact counseling sessions. This isn’t a one-size-fits-all program. The counselors personalize the coursework to meet the needs of the individual(s) seeking assistance.
“I liked that Dr. Doug had definite exercises and therapy tools to get to the heart of the problem,” said C.B., a client who traveled from Oregon to take a marriage intensive. “I like that he listened to our concerns and questions and had definite solutions.”
Many former clients thank the therapists for their supportive guidance and compassionate work. The center’s intensive testimonials are inspirational to the team and remind them of the life-changing impact they can have on people’s lives.
In addition to taking on patients all over the world, Heart to Heart Counseling Center also trains counselors all over the world. The center educates professionals about how to deal with sexual addiction and other issues impacting personal relationships. Such niche topics don’t always come under close scrutiny in general practices, but Heart to Heart Counseling puts them front and center, so individuals can come out of the shadows and find the help they need.
“People need access to resources on sexual addiction and intimacy anorexia,” Doug said. “Not every community has those resources, so couples reach out to us when they run into troubles they can’t handle on their own.”
Heart to Heart Counseling Center does a great job at providing self-help resources for people who may not have the time to invest in intensive counseling, but they are interested in learning more about sexual addiction or intimacy anorexia.
Heart to Heart Counseling Center’s YouTube channel is a hub of informational content and engaging lessons. Doug uses this platform to discuss relationship disorders, sexual dysfunction, and other personal issues in a nonjudgmental way. His goal is to teach people how to better understand and overcome such problems so they can lead satisfied and well-adjusted private lives.
Doug even has an app called Dr. Doug’s Tips, which offers year-round support and inspiration.
“We try to help people by meeting them where they’re at,” Doug said. “People enter the desire to get well at different levels. It depends on the crisis they’re in and how motivated they are to get out of it.”
Heart to Heart Counseling Center is currently working on expanding its online courses to further support individuals and couples on the road to recovery. These lesson plans offer the same guidance of an intensive, but on the client’s schedule and pace. It’s DIY therapy, and many people enjoy the privacy it offers them. The Sexual Freedom course has gotten rave reviews so far with a five-day regimen that empowers individuals to let go of unhealthy habits.
Whether he’s providing inspirational quotes of the day or running online support groups, Doug makes an effort to show people that they have many options for recovery and don’t have to face their problems alone.
Doug has written well over 50 self-help books at this point. Some delve deep into sexual dysfunction while others touch on general relationship issues, but they all share a common purpose to lend support to individuals who are brokenhearted, lost, or downtrodden. With a positive and encouraging voice, Doug picks his readers up and gives them the tools to move forward in their lives.
His upcoming book “Lover Spouse” speaks directly to husbands and wives who are struggling to find love and intimacy in their lives. Doug draws upon Christian values to help couples strengthen their marriages by affirming their commitment to each other.
The book teaches individuals to maintain the discipline of being a good lover spouse through the years, so they cultivate love and understanding in their marriages.
As the book description says, “When you embrace being a lover spouse, your marriage relationship becomes a lovership. You and your spouse become lovers for life which takes your marriage relationship and mindset to a whole new level.”
“Lover Spouse” is set for release in the spring of 2019. Doug said he also plans to publish a handful of other books in the next year and continue spreading his healing message throughout the world.
Doug told us his clients run the gamut in terms of age and profession because sexual addiction and relationship issues can impact anyone. Even someone who’s highly successful in their careers can find themselves failing to maintain a healthy relationship due to deep-seated personal issues.
But that doesn’t have to be the end of the story. Doug himself is proof that people can turn their lives around and use counseling as a springboard into a better life. The counselors at Heart to Heart Counseling Center offer many resources to support that journey. Over the last 30 years, Doug has seen countless singles and couples commit to the process, overcome their issues, and transform their lives.
“I’m inspired by the courageous men and women who are willing to get better,” he said. “It’s incredible how the human soul can move through trauma and recover.”