The Ranch Sexual Recovery in Nunnelly, TN

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P.O. Box 38
Nunnelly TN 37137

The Ranch Sexual Recovery Philosophy

The treatment process at The Ranch is designed to help clients identify and resolve the issues that serve as catalysts for sexual addiction and intimacy issues. In a non-judgmental, gender-separate environment, clients are given the opportunity to examine unresolved issues, learn healthy boundaries and begin working toward stable and intimate relationships. Always fostering healing and hope, the facility welcomes spouses and life partners into the process and is committed to giving clients the opportunity to live a life free of sexual compulsions.

Areas of Specialization

  • Family Program
    Sexual addiction and co-occurring substance abuse disorders can profoundly impact the families of those struggling with addiction. The Ranch therefore offers a three-day family program for the spouses and partners of those working to overcome addiction, featuring services such as addiction education, counseling, and equine therapy.

  • 12-Step Services
    At The Ranch, clients are encouraged to attend specialized onsite support groups that operate under the principles of the 12 Steps of Recovery. Clients may choose to participate in 12-Step services remotely using electronic media such as Skype, telephone, or internet chat platforms.

Facility Highlights

12-Step Support Groups

Weekly Trauma Group Led by a Trauma Specialist

Weekly Equine Therapy

Meet the Staff

Greg Phillips, BS, MBA

Executive Director

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Greg has worked in the treatment field for over 19 years. He began his career at Pine Grove as a counselor’s assistant and over the next 13 years served as a Ropes Course Director, Employee Assistance Program Coordinator, Outreach Coordinator, and ended as the Program Director of the Professional Enhancement Program. Greg spent the next 16 months as the Director of Marketing at Las Vegas Recovery Center. He joined The Ranch in August of 2007 as Chief Operations Officer becoming Executive Director in December 2010. Greg has a B.S. in psychology and an M.B.A. He has been married to Selena for 16 years and they have three beautiful children.

Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S

Founding Director of the Sexual Recovery Institute

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Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S is the founding director of the Sexual Recovery Institute, an outpatient sexual addiction and intimacy disorders treatment program in Los Angeles, Mr. Weiss is co-author of Cybersex Exposed: Simple Fantasy to Obsession, author of Cruise Control: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men and co-author of the just released, Untangling the Web: Sex, Porn and Fantasy Addiction in the Internet Age along with numerous professional articles on sexual addiction.

A UCLA clinical social work graduate, Mr. Weiss did his post-graduate training in sexual addiction and sexual offending under the direction of Dr. Patrick Carnes. Mr. Weiss is a former board member of The National Council for Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity and has presented for The UCLA Neuro-Psychiatric Institute, The American Association of Sex Educators and Therapists The National Association of Social Work, The NIH (National Institutes of Health) and The US Military among many, many others. He provides clinical training and program development for numerous multi-addiction treatment centers. 360 Guide

Review by Contributors


One of the few facilities in the country that focuses exclusively on love and sex addiction, The Center for Relationship and Sexual Recovery (“The Center”) is a part of The Ranch recovery complex located in Nunnelly, Tenn. The facility is situated on 2,000 acres of rolling hills, offering a serene, natural landscape for reflection and recovery. Programming is residential and combines trauma-informed therapy with experiential and holistic modalities. In addition to treating addiction to sex, love, and pornography, The Center’s staff is equipped to address co-occurring issues including substance abuse and disordered eating.


Treatment, housing, and recreation are completely gender-separate and gender-specific, as the core patterns behind sex addiction for men and women vary vastly. Clients participate in trauma-focused therapy with a trained specialist and attend group counseling sessions and 12-step meetings. The Center’s experiential and holistic offerings are numerous and include adventure therapy, equine therapy, hypnotherapy, sweat lodge ceremonies, and more.

In addition to the residential program for individuals, The Center offers a three-day workshop for partners and spouses of clients. The psychoeducational and experiential activities on offer are designed to help participants explore relationship boundaries, develop communication skills, and rebuild trust and connection.


The program was developed by a licensed clinical social worker and certified sex addiction therapist. Members of the clinical and medical teams include licensed social workers, master’s level therapists, certified sex addiction therapist, nutritionists, holistic wellness practitioners, physicians, and nurses.


The Ranch has a number of homes, many of which border the Piney River. Facilities range from Southern mansions to Cape Cod-style homes with pitched roofs and dormer windows. Each residence offers comfortably furnished communal areas, and some also have classic Southern front porches. The facility is equipped with horse stables, and there is a small fitness center on-site.

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY has not yet received any reviews from this facility’s alumni, affiliated friends or family members, or staff, but the only Yelp reviewer at the time of this writing shared a concerning story in her one-star review. She wrote about attending a family workshop while her husband received treatment: “We were IMMEDIATELY brought, with no introduction or orientation to a GROUP CIRCLE of 12 newly recovering MALE sex addicts who all knew each other and made us feel like raw meat…So traumatic to need support and to be used by the Ranch to help ‘these guys understand how their wives might feel.’”[1] In addition to insensitive and unprofessional therapy practices, this one reviewer reported a lack of training among staff and issues related to insurance.


According to the facility’s website, The Ranch accepts most major PPO insurance plans. Estimates for treatment costs are provided following a confidential phone consultation.

Updated May 2016


Published on June 2016

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