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Learn About the Model

What is Connected Recovery™ (formerly Coupled Recovery)?

  • Connects information and tools from treatment of Problematic Sexual Behaviors, Betrayal Trauma, and Sex Therapy (SASH, IITAP, APSATS, AASECT, AASAT, and others) with an EFT focus

  • Incorporates individual recovery with relational recovery for both those struggling with Problematic Sexual Behaviors and those working to heal from Betrayal Trauma in their primary relationship (regardless of gender and relational status) while addressing attachment issues and trauma for both

  • Uses similarities between the trauma cycle and the escape cycle to build a foundation for connection and provide a common language for both parties

Connected Recovery™ is a model of therapy developed by Laney Knowlton. It focuses on healing both those struggling with Problematic Sexual Behaviors (PSB) and those working to heal from Betrayal Trauma, introducing tools and concepts that help build connection to self and others. It divides recovery into three phases: early, middle, and late recovery. The phases of Connected Recovery™ are based on the Janice Caudill and Dan Drake’s Intimacy Pyramid (as explained in their Full Disclosure books) and Gottman’s relational stages. Early recovery (Repair) focuses on Truth and Emotional Safety, creating a foundation upon with connection can be built and working to heal the wounds caused by betrayal and escape patterns. Middle recovery (Reconnect) helps deepen Connection and Empathy. Late recovery (Restore) works through the deepest wounds, helping individuals and couples Heal Sexuality.


Each stage is divided into five steps: education, honesty, boundaries, communication, and connection. Diagrams, handouts, and worksheets help individuals and couples work through each stage, healing and deepening connection to themselves and others. The steps in this model can be used individually and relationally and are written using gender-neutral language to allow clients to connect to the material even if they do not fall into the “traditional” category of male who has betrayed and female who has been betrayed. They can be used to heal individually and increase your connection to yourself and others regardless of relational status. For those in primary relationships, these steps provide a common language to maximize healing and connection within the relationship as well as individually.




The Connected Recovery™ Model:

Learn About the Creator

Laney Knowlton, LMFT-S, CSAT, CPTT, CCPS, CMAT, IAT, CST, ACCRS-S, has worked in the mental health field since 2009, specializing in PSB and Betrayal Trauma. She is currently working towards a Ph.D. in Clinical Sexology. Her therapeutic work includes individual, couple, and group counseling, along with intensive work and therapeutic workshops, with individuals and couples struggling with PSB and/or betrayal trauma. She has presented at multiple professional conferences ranging from local to international levels, including ACA, AAMFT, SASH, IITAP, and TAMFT, and regularly guest lectures at various universities. 


She created the Connected Recovery™ model of therapy, which walks individuals and relationships through recovering from betrayal trauma, connecting the fields of Problematic Sexual Behaviors (PSB) up to and including Sex/Love Addiction, Betrayal Trauma, relational counseling through an Emotionally-Focused Therapy lens, and Sex Therapy. She has published four books on her model, including a full-length book that walks through discovering truth and creating emotional safety for yourself and within your relationships, and three books centered on disclosing PSB within relationships. She volunteered with law enforcement for six years, initially with the Dallas Prostitute Diversion Initiative, then as a presenter at the Dallas John School. She currently owns and runs the Connected Recovery™ certification program, co-owns NorthStar Relational Consulting, and owns a private practice (Knowlton Counseling) in Highland Village, TX.

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