Jay Stringer

Author, psychotherapist and specialist in sexual addictions. “Your past and how the body keeps the score”, “Understanding your part in the bigger story and how to change”, “The story we don’t want to tell"

Jay Stringer has become an expert in the stories we don’t want to tell. He has just completed an extensive multiyear research project involving over 3,800 men and women to understand the link between their history and their current sexual behaviors, the power of shame and how to find freedom in a new story. Jay is a licensed mental health counselor, ordained minister, and nationally requested speaker on the subject of unwanted sexual behavior (i.e., extra-marital affairs, pornography, buying sex, etc).

Based in Seattle, Jay has spent the last decade on the frontlines of demand for sexual exploitation and pornography. Jay’s clinical work guides men and women to find freedom from unwanted sexual behavior through inviting them to identify the unique reasons that bring them to it. In addition to his therapy practice and frequent speaking engagements, Jay is also a lecturer for the City of Seattle’s “john school,” a program designed for men who have been arrested for soliciting prostitution.

His first book, Unwanted: How Sexual Brokenness Reveals Our Way to Healing, was released in Fall 2018. Unwanted is based on a multiyear research project into the stories of 3,800 men and women to address the key drivers of unwanted sexual behavior, why people remain in a place of shame, and the journey towards a new sexual story. His research is one of the most comprehensive studies on the subject.

Jay holds an MDiv and master in counseling psychology from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and received post-graduate training under Dr. Patrick Carnes and Dr. Dan Allender while serving as a Senior Fellow at the Allender Center.

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