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Charley Shults

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Education:

  • Master's Degree in Agency Counseling, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, 1992.
  • Juris Doctorate, Tulane University School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1974.
  • Bachelor of Arts, Drama & Speech, Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, Alabama, 1970.


  • Professional Experience:

    Psychotherapy and Counseling Related Experience:
  • Private Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy, February, 2006, to present
  • Senior Counselor, Life Works Community, Ltd., January 2004 to November 2005.
  • Owner, Charley Shults & Associates, March, 2003 to December, 2003.
  • Owner and President, Alabama Therapy Associates, August, 2000, to February, 2003.
  • Private Practice of Counseling with Alabama Therapy Associates, L.L.C., Birmingham, Alabama, as a Licensed Professional Counselor, July of 1994 to December of 2003.
  • President and Co-Founder, Alabama Therapy Associates, L.L.C., Birmingham, Alabama, January, 1994, to July, 2000.
  • Private Practice of Counseling as a Certified Counselor Associate, Alabama Therapy Associates, Birmingham, Alabama, January 1994 to July, 1994, Adult and Child Development Professionals, Birmingham, Alabama, June, 1992 through December, 1993.
  • Senior Counselor and Certified Addictions Counselor, Parkside Lodge of Birmingham, Warrior, Alabama, April, 1987, to June, 1992.
  • Assistant Veterans' Service Officer, State of Alabama Department of Veterans' Affairs, Birmingham, Alabama, 1985-1987.
  • Certified DUI Instructor, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council, Birmingham, Alabama, 1984-1985.
  • Group Facilitator and Presenter, DUI Level II Program, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council, 1984-1985.



  • Certifications, Memberships and Professional Relationships:

  • UKCP: United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy membership and Certification as an Integrative Psychotherapist, September, 2011.
  • Metanoia Institute, December, 2010.
  • International Association for the Study of Attachment, Founding Member, December, 2007.
  • Executive Council, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Certifiers, International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals, 2003 to 2007.
  • Certifier of Sex Addiction Therapists, 2002 to 2014.
  • Time Line Therapy Trainer Certification, Time Line Therapy Association, September, 2001.*
  • Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals, May, 2001.*
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Time Line Therapy, and Hypnotherapy Certified Trainer, August, 1999.
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Time Line Therapy and Hypnotherapy Certified Master Practitioner, July 1999.*
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Associate Member, 1998.*
  • National Certified Counselor, National Board for Certified Counselors, 1997.*
  • Employee Assistance Professionals Association, 1997 to 2004.
  • Certified Counseling Supervisor, Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling, 1997.*
  • Master's Level Addiction Professional, Alabama Alcohol and Drug Association, 1997.*
  • Board of Directors, Alabama Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, 1995 & 1996.
  • Chair, Ethics Committee, Alabama Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, 1995 & 1996.
  • President and Co-Founder, Alabama Therapy Associates, Birmingham, Alabama, 1994.
  • Board of Directors, National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity, 1994 to 1997.
  • Chair, Curriculum Committee, National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity, 1996 & 1997.
  • Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional, 1993 to 2008.
  • Alabama Alcohol and other Drugs Addiction Association, 1993 to 2008.
  • National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity, 1992 to 2008.
  • Chi Sigma Iota, International Counseling Society, 1992 to 2004.
  • Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, 1991.
  • American Counseling Association (ACA), 1991.*
  • The Adlerian Society of Alabama, founding member and member of the Board of Directors, 1991.
    *These certifications are no longer current. It is simply too time consuming and expensive to maintain them all. They are listed here only to inform you of my training and experience.


  • Professional Publications:

  • Sexual Addiction in the Workplace: An EAP Perspective. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, Vol. 4, Number 2, 1997.
  • Sexual Harassment as Sexual Addiction. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, Vol. 2, Number 2, 1995.



  • Professional Presentations:

  • Multiple Addictions and Addiction Interaction Disorder; Beroendedagen [Addiction Conference], Stockholm, Sweden, September 2014, (1 hr.).
  • A Comparison of Two Sex Addicts using the Experiences in Close Relationships Questionaire and the Adult Attachment Interview, Dynamic Maturational Model; Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, October 2010 (1.25 hrs).
  • A Comparison of Two Sex Addicts using the Experiences in Close Relationships Questionaire and the Adult Attachment Interview, Dynamic Maturational Model; International Association for the Study of Attachment, Cambridge, England, UK, August 2010 (1.5 hrs).
  • The Broken Bond: Attachment Disorder as a Precursor to Addiction and other Dysfunctional Behaviours, Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health, San Francisco, California, September 2005 (1.25 hrs).
  • Attachment and Eating Disorders, The National Center for Eating Disorders, Cobham, Surrey, UK, January, 2005 (1 hr).
  • Sexual Addiction and Sexual Anorexia. UK/European Symposium on Addictive Disorders, London, England, April, 2004 (1.5 hrs).
  • An Introduction to Sexual Addiction Assessment and Treatment. Medical Educational Services, Nashville, TN, December 5, 2002, Indianapolis, IN, December 6, 2002 (6 hrs).
  • An Introduction to Time Line Therapy Techniques. Medical Educational Services, Birmingham, Alabama, April 26, 2002 (6 hrs).
  • An Introduction to Sexual Addiction Assessment and Treatment. Medical Educational Services, Birmingham, Alabama, April 25, 2002 (6 hrs).
  • Sexual Addiction and Compusivity: Diagnosis and Intervention. Bradford Health Care Services, Birmingham, Alabama, August, 2001 (4 hrs).
  • Neurolinguistic Programming Practitioner Training, Alabama Therapy Associates, Birmingham, Alabama, 2001 (130 hrs).
  • Time Line Therapy Techniques for Intervention. Central Alabama Rehabilitation Environment, Birmingham, Alabama, April, 1999 (1 hr).
  • Relationship Actualization: a model for relationship recovery. Sex, Spirituality and Joy, National Conference, The National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity, St. Louis, Missouri, April, 1999 (2 hrs).
  • Stress Management. Addiction Recovery Program, Center for Psychiatric Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, January, 1999 (1.25 hrs).
  • Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: treating sexual addiction. Alabama Association of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Birmingham, Alabama, September, 1998 (4 hrs).
  • Sexual Harassment and Sexual Addiction. Addiction Recovery Program, Center for Psychiatric Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, August, 1998 (1.25 hrs).
  • Stress Management for Professionals. Birmingham Health Care for the Homeless Coalition, Inc., Birmingham, Alabama, January, 1998 (1 hr).
  • Professional, Legal & Ethical issues for EAPs. Alabama Employee Assistance Professionals Association, Gulf Shores, Alabama, May, 1997 (4 hrs).
  • Jabberwocky: Legal Bandersnatches for EAPs. Alabama Employee Assistance Professionals Association, Gulf Shores, Alabama, May, 1996 (2 hrs).
  • Sex in the Workplace: Considerations for Employee Assistance Professionals. Celebrating Life, National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity, Annual Conference, Dallas, Texas, March, 1996 (1.5 hrs).
  • Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling, Alabama Counseling Association, Montgomery, Alabama, February, 1996 (2 hrs).
  • Ethical Issues for Chemical Dependency Counselors. Alabama Alcohol and other Drugs of Abuse Association, Birmingham, Alabama, November, 1995 (6 hrs).
  • Ethical Issues for Chemical Dependency Counselors. Alabama Alcohol and other Drugs of Abuse Association, Montgomery Area Court Referral Program, Montgomery, Alabama, August, 1995 (6 hrs).
  • Ethical Issues for Chemical Dependency Counselors. Alabama Alcohol and other Drugs of Abuse Association, Decatur-Madison County Mental Health Center, Decatur, Alabama, May, 1995 (6 hrs).
  • Sexual Harassment as Sexual Addiction. Sexual Addiction: Sin, Crime or Disease, National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, March, 1995 (1.5 hrs).
  • Long Term Recovery and Developmental Precursors: Or, Now That I’ve Got It, What Do I Do With It? Sexual Addiction: Sin, Crime or Disease, National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, March, 1995 (1.5 hrs).
  • Ethical Issues in the Treatment of Chemical Dependency. Alabama Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, Huntsville, Alabama, 1994 (6 hrs).
  • Ethical Issues in the Treatment of Chemical Dependency. Alabama Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, Mobile, Alabama, 1994 (1.5 hrs).
  • Guided Imagery in the Treatment of Chemical Dependency. Alabama Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, Birmingham, Alabama, 1994 (1 hr).
  • Sexual Addiction and Trauma in the Treatment of Chemical Dependency. Alabama Alcohol and other Drug Abuse Association, Birmingham, Alabama, 1993 (1.5 hrs).
  • Legal Issues for EAPs. Alabama Employee Assistance Professionals Association, Gulf Shores, Alabama, 1993 (1.5 hrs).
  • Legal Issues in Counseling Chemical Dependency. Alabama School of Alcohol and Drug Studies. The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1993 (25 hrs).
  • Sexual Addiction and Abuse: The problem at work. Alabama Employee Assistance Professionals Association, Gulf Shores, Alabama, 1992 (1.5 hrs.).
  • EAP Legal Issues. Alabama Employee Assistance Professionals Association, Gulf Shores, Alabama, 1992 (1.5 hrs.).
  • The Legal Aspects of EAP Strategies and Techniques. Alabama School of Alcohol and Drug Studies, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1992 (3 hours).
  • Meditation and Relaxation in Chemical Dependency Treatment and Recovery. Alabama Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, Montgomery, Alabama, 1991 (1.5 hours).
  • Legal Issues in Counseling. Alabama Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, Montgomery, Alabama, 1991 (1.5 hours).
  • Legal Requirements and Record Keeping. Alabama Employee Assistance Professionals Association, Gulf Shores, Alabama, 1991 (1.5 hours).
  • Relapse Prevention. University of Alabama at Birmingham, The Regional Medical Education Center, Department of Veterans' Affairs, Alcohol and Drug School, 1989 (4 hours).


  • Professional Development:

  • Attachment Theory in Practice, The Psychotherapy Networker, online presentation, completed November, 2012, 6 hrs.
  • Advanced Clinical AAI Seminar, Dr. Patricia Crittenden, 9-13 November, 2011, London, England, 33 hrs.
  • The Great Attachment Debate, The Psychotherapy Networker, online presentation, completed June 16, 2011, 6 hrs.
  • Creating a Culture of Healthy Sexuality: Joy of the Journey, The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health, 2010 National Conference, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, Sept. 30 – Oct. 3, 2010, 26 hrs.
  • From Theory to Practice, Second Biennial International Conference, International Association for the Study of Attachment, St. John’s College, Cambridge University, UK, August 29-31, 2010, 24 hrs.
  • Practical Strategies Related to Healing: a task centered approach, 5th Annual IITAP Symposium, International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals, Carefree, Arizona, March 1-6, 2010, 16 hrs.
  • CSAT [Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist] Supervisor Training, International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals, Carefee, Arizona, March 4, 2010, 6 hrs.
  • Advanced Clinical AAI Seminar, Dr. Patricia Crittenden, 5-9 December, 2009, Telford, England, 32 hrs.
  • The Dynamic-Maturational Model for The Modified Adult Attachment Interview, Week 3, Dr. Patricia Crittenden, 19-24 September, 2009, Reggio Emilia, Italy, 40 hrs.
  • The Dynamic-Maturational Model for The Modified Adult Attachment Interview, Week 2, Dr. Patricia Crittenden, 18-23 May, 2009, Reggio Emilia, Italy, 40 hrs.
  • The Dynamic-Maturational Model for The Modified Adult Attachment Interview, Week 1, Dr. Patricia Crittenden, 20-25 February, 2009, Reggio Emilia, Italy, 40 hrs.
  • Working with Gambling Problems, Laban’s Addiction Specific Trainings, July 2008, 15 hours.
  • Ethics Training, Laban’s Addiction Specific Trainings, July 2008, 6 hours.
  • HIV/AIDS Training, Laban’s Addiction Specific Trainings, July 2008, 6 hours.
  • Attachment and Psychopathology, International Association for the Study of Attachment, November, 2007, Brighton, England, 24 hrs.
  • CSAT Consultant Training, International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals, May 2006, Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.A., 6 hrs.
  • Innovations in Task Centered Therapy, 1st Annual International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals, May 2006, Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.A., 22.5 hrs.
  • Creating a Culture of Healthy Sexuality, Diversity and Dissemination. The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health, San Francisco, California, USA, September 2005, 17 hrs.
  • Healing Emotional Wounds. Dr. Ferruccio Osimo, UK Experiential Dynamic Therapy Group, London, England, January 2005, 6 hrs.
  • Attachment Therapy: Diagnosis and Treatment of Attachment Disorders. Institute of Psychoanalysis, London, England, October, 2004, 10 hrs.
  • Creating a Culture of Healthy Sexuality, Innovation and Integration. The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health, Washington, D.C., October, 2004, 17.5 hrs.
  • UK/European Symposium on Addictive Disorders. London, England, April & May, 2004, 23.5 hrs.
  • Creating a Culture of Healthy Sexuality, Tools and Tactics. Vanderbilt School of Medicine and the National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September, 2003, 17.5 hrs.
  • Garden Love: Enhancing Sexual Intimacy in Christian Marriages. The University of Alabama at Birmingham, March, 2003, 6 hrs.
  • CSAT Supervisor Training with Patrick Carnes. The Meadows Institute, Nashville, Tennessee, October, 2002, 11 hrs.
  • Advanced Clinical Training Seminar in Couples Therapy. The Gottman Institute, Inc., Seattle, Washington, June 19-26, 2002, 36 hrs.
  • Filling the Void: a Workshop on Intimacy and Recovery, Nashville, Tennessee, November 17, 2001, 6 hrs.
  • Time Line Therapy Trainer’s Training, Advanced Neuro Dynamics, Newport Beach, California, August, 2001, 12 hrs.
  • History, Theory and Applications in EEG Biofeedback, Neuro Performance Institute and Brainmaster Technologies, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio, August, 2001, 15 hrs.
  • Advanced Hypnotherapy Techniques. American Institute of Hypnotherapy, Atlanta, Georgia, March, 2001, 12 hrs.
  • Combining Western Science with Eastern Mysticism. Deepak Chopra, The Human Potential Foundation, Birmingham, Alabama, February, 2001, 2.5 hrs.
  • Mental Health and the Law in Alabama, Medical Educational Services, Inc., Birmingham, Alabama, December, 2000, 6 hours.
  • Fall Institute, The Meadows Institute, Dr. Patrick Carnes, Scottsdale, Arizona, November, 2000, 21 hours.
  • Marital Therapy: A Research-Based Approach, Dr. John Gottman, The Gottman Institute, Atlanta, Georgia, October, 2000, 14 hours.
  • Treating Anxiety, Depression and Anger Effectively: Therapeutic Methods that Work!, Albert Ellis, Ph. D., Birmingham, Alabama, October 5, 2000, 5.25 hours.
  • Advanced Hypnotherapy Seminar, Dr. Richard Neves, American Board of Hypnotherapy, Atlanta, Georgia, September, 2000, 12 hours.
  • Turning Sexual Tragedy into Triumph, National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity, Atlanta, Georgia, May, 2000, 25 hours.
  • Memory, Dr. Stuart Zola, Institute for Cortext Research and Development, Birmingham, Alabama, March, 2000, 6 hours.
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming Trainer’s Training, Dr. Tad James, Advanced Neuro Dynamics, Costa Mesa, California, August 1999, 130 hours.
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming, Time Line Therapy and Hypnotherapy. Master Practitioner Training, Dr. Tad James, Advanced Neuro Dynamics, Costa Mesa, California, July 1999, 130 hours.
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming, Time Line Therapy and Hypnotherapy. Practitioner Training, Dr. Tad James, Advanced Neuro Dynamics, Atlanta, Georgia, May, 1999, 130 hours.
  • Sex, Spirituality and Joy. The National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity, National Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, April, 1999, 18.5 hours.
  • Preferred Providers Conference. River Oaks Psychiatric Hospital, New Orleans, LA, July, 1998, 10 hours.
  • Creating Community: Celebrating the Diversity Among Us. The National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity, National Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, March, 1997, 16 hours.
  • Southeastern Conference on Alcohol and Drugs (SECAD). Charter Medical Corporation and American Medical Society on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies, Atlanta, Georgia, 1997, 32 hours.
  • Celebrating Life: Promoting Health and Rebuilding Relationships. National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity, Annual Conference, Dallas, Texas, March, 1996, 7 hours.
  • Preferred Provider Conference. Masters and Johnson Trauma, Dissociative Disorders & Sexual Compulsivity Programs, River Oaks Psychiatric Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana, January, 1996, 10.5 hours.
  • Sexual Addiction: Sin, Crime or Disease. National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity, Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, March, 1995, 25 hours.
  • Listening to the Dreams. The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Special Studies, Birmingham, Alabama, February, 1994, 7 hours.
  • Special Intensive Training: Counseling the Sex Addict. Presented by Del Amo Hospital of Torrance, California, at Nashville, Tennessee, March, 1993, 30 hours.
  • Sexual Addiction/Compulsivity & Trauma: The Interrelationship. National Council on Sexual Addiction/Compulsivity, New Orleans, Louisiana, June, 1992, 24 hours.
  • Alabama Association of Addictions Counselors, Workshop, Gulf Shores, Alabama, 1992, 6 hours.
  • Alabama School of Alcohol and Drug Studies, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1992, 24 hours.
  • International Transpersonal Association Conference, "The Yearning for Wholeness: Addiction and the Spiritual Quest," Atlanta, Georgia, 1991, 43 hours.
  • Adlerian Psychology - Life Style Analysis, Dr. Harold Mosak, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, 1991, 11.5 hours.
  • Addictions Counselors Certification Review Course, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1990, 15.8 hours.
  • Alabama Association of Addictions Counselors, Workshop, Montgomery, Alabama, 1990, 6 hours.
  • Southeastern Conference on Co-dependency, Mercer University, Macon Georgia, 1989, 14 hours.
  • Alabama Association of Addictions Counselors Workshop, Montgomery, Alabama, 1989, 6 hours.
  • Alabama Association of Addictions Counselors Workshop, Montgomery, Alabama, 1989, 6 hours.
  • Skill Building Workshop, Parkside Medical Services, Birmingham, Alabama, 1989, 14 hours.
  • Scott Peck Workshop, Mental Health Association of Central Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama, 1988, 4 hours.
  • Southeastern Conference on Alcohol and Drugs (SECAD), Charter Medical Corporation and American Medical Society on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies, Atlanta, Georgia, 1988, 32 hours.
  • Adult Counselor Orientation, Parkside Medical Services, Chicago, Illinois, 1988, 94 hours.
  • Skill Building Workshop, Parkside Medical Services, Birmingham, Alabama, 1988, 14 hours.


  • Military Service:

  • United States Army, 1965-1968
  • Instructor, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, 1968
  • Operations Officer, Gunnery Department, O.C.S. Branch, US Army Artillery and Missile School, Fort Sill, OK., 1967-1968.
  • Gunnery Instructor, O.C.S. Branch, US Army Artillery and Missile School, Ft. Sill, OK., 1966-1967.
  • Distinguished Military Graduate, Officer Candidate Branch, US Army Artillery and Missile School, Fort Sill, OK, 1966.


  • Revised 21 February 2013