Dr. Omar Minwalla is a Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Sexologist and Founder of The Institute for Sexual Health (ISH). Dr. Minwalla earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago and completed his Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Minnesota Medical School Program in Human Sexuality. His specializations include sexual compulsivity and sexual addiction, sexual offending, professional sexual misconduct (PSM), psychosexual evaluations, sexual dysfunctions, child and adolescent sexual development, sexual and gender identity, paraphilias, BDSM, and gender and erotic minorities.
Educated and experienced in both the compulsive sexual behavior model (CSB) and the sex addiction model (SA), as well as being a clinical sexologist, Dr. Minwalla has developed an innovative sexual and relationship health model of treatment, that reconciles “debates about sex addiction”, with his clinical concept of Compulsive-Abusive Sexual-Relational Disorders (CASRD) and his Sex Addiction-Induced Trauma Model (SAITM), used to treat compulsive-abusive sexual-relational disorders and the people they impact.
Since 2006, Dr. Minwalla has challenged the traditional sex addiction field and the use of the “co sex-addiction model” to clinically treat partners of sex addicts. He advocates for professionals and clients to recognize the importance of treating sex addiction-induced trauma experienced by partners of sex addicts, and in foundational collaboration with Silvia Jason, MFT, CSAT, developed the foundation of his Sex Addiction-Induced Trauma Model.
In 2009, Dr. Minwalla founded The Institute for Sexual Health (ISH), establishing the founding clinical institution of the Sex Addiction-Induced Trauma Model (SAITM) and originating seminal understanding of Compulsive-Abusive Sexual-Relational Disorders as a cutting-edge new paradigm of conceptualizing sex addiction (SA) and compulsive sexual behavior (CSB).