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About Jay Stringer
Jay Stringer is a licensed therapist, minister, and researcher who guides men and women to understand and outgrow unwanted behaviors.
Stringer's award-winning first book Unwanted: How Sexual Brokenness Reveals Our Way to Healing is based on a multiyear research project on over 3,800 men and women. The research showed that unwanted sexual behaviors like the use of porn or extra-marital affairs are not random. These behaviors were both shaped and predicted by the parts of our story that remain unaddressed. The implication is that if you want to find freedom, you need to identify that unique reasons that bring you to it in the first place. Sexual difficulties are not a life sentence to shame, they are a roadmap to healing.
In addition to Unwanted, Stringer created the Sexual Behavior Self-Assessment (https://sexualbehaviorassessment.com/) and The Journey Course, a 5-month course the guides participants to identify and transform the key drivers of their unwanted behaviors.
Jay holds an MDiv and master in counseling psychology from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. He received post-graduate training under Dr. Dan Allender while serving as a Senior Fellow at the Allender Center.
Jay lives in New York City with his wife Heather and their two children.
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Many of us feel ashamed and undesirable after years of sexual brokenness and addiction. The guilt and stigma surrounding sexual struggles can paralyze us and keep us from seeking help and healing. Author Jay Stringer approaches these sensitive subjects with gentleness and understanding.
Based on original research from over 3,800 men and women, Unwanted is a groundbreaking resource that explores the “why” behind self-destructive sexual choices in order to help readers work towards freedom. Addressing difficult issues with compassionate insight, this book discusses:
- Abandonment and broken relationships
- Trauma and sexual abuse
- The sex industry and pornography
- Violence against women
- Learning to love and care for yourself
- Healthy conflict and repair in your relationships
- Investing in community
- Creating healthy boundaries
“If you’re hungry for deep healing or searching for practical ways to help others heal . . . this will be an incredibly sharp tool in your tool belt!” —Shannon Ethridge, MA, author of Every Woman’s Battle
“Unwanted demonstrates a depth of insight and wisdom that I found stunning! It will truly help many come out of their shame and finally be free.” —Dr. Ted Roberts, cofounder of Pure Desire Ministries
“Unwanted is a courageous, insightful work that will undoubtedly equip many on the journey to freedom.” —Dr. Juli Slattery, cofounder of Authentic Intimacy and author of Rethinking Sexuality