Anthony Rodriguez, A professor at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee where Tony earned his bachelor’s degree recognized his innate abilities to serve others through the art and craft of mental health therapy. With this support, Tony went on to graduate from Loyola University, Chicago with a Master of Social Work degree. He then became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker which was his calling and passion.
In 2003, Tony felt called to serve through therapy adult men surviving childhood sexual abuse and violence. He opened his business, The Men’s Center with the tagline “A place for healing, mindfulness, and possibilities” the following fall. During this time Tony served as a board member for the international group, Male Survivor. He expanded his work a few years later to serve people living with and suffering from sexual addictions and compulsions. In 2011, Tony and two colleagues wanted to fill a gap in the therapeutic literature realizing the need for a resource for partners of people suffering from sexual addictions. They wrote and published Facing Heartbreak: Steps to Recovery for Partners of Sex Addicts. This book is widely used throughout the world. Tony presented workshops, too many to name, for other therapists throughout the United States. Tony’s work, the work he felt called and compelled to do, impacted many lives.