Forest Benedict, MA, LMFT, SATP-C,

Clinical Director of LifeSTAR of the Central Valley

Sexual Addiction | Shame | Spiritual Issues


As a leading Sexual Addiction Treatment Provider in California, Forest holds extensive expertise in helping those affected by compulsive sexual behavior; he understands the steps necessary to experience long-term recovery. He is trained in the LifeSTAR recovery model and contributes to the refinement of that program as the Clinical Director of LifeSTAR of the Central Valley. Through LifeSTAR, he also works with partners of those who are in the program. Forest also leads the YouthSTAR program, a treatment program for sexually addicted teenagers.

Forest received his Master of Arts in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary and has taught Counseling Sexual Addictions at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. He is currently the Program Manager and Instructor in the Sexual Addiction Treatment Provider certification program at Mid-America Nazarene University. 

Forest is the author of Life After Lusta comprehensive collection of stories and strategies for sex and pornography addiction recovery.

Forest writes numerous articles on the LifeSTAR of the Central Valley blog and His writing has been published in the Christian Leader Magazine, Porn Proof Kids, and the Fresno Bee. He also speaks publicly about protecting children from pornography.

Forest is a caring professional who believes in the innate worth of all people and enjoys working with individuals, couples, groups, and teens hoping to break free from pornography and sexual addictions. 

I feel privileged to work at Roubicek & Thacker and especially love being a therapist in the LifeSTAR program. I was planning to specialize in sexual addiction treatment before I knew about LifeSTAR, so when I discovered this exceptional program in Fresno, it was a perfect match. It is so rewarding helping people discover hope and see their lives gradually change as they progress through their recovery. I plan to enjoy many years working with LifeSTAR and sharing this excellent resource with our community.
— Forest