Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sex Therapy

Sexuality counseling is an approach that deals with a variety of issues including:
relationship issues
exploration of sexual attitudes and beliefs
values clarification
exploration of self –image
sexual identity
gender role development
sex education.

Theoretical ConceptsCreating a therapeutic relationship.
Expressing emotions, catharsis, and discussion of sexual concerns.
Learning new behaviors and practicing them
Making positive changes to create a more mutually satisfying intimate relationship.
Instilling hope in couple’s ability to solve sexual concerns.
Educating clients on symptoms and creating goals to solve sexual concerns.

Integrative Approach Mode
Stage 1: Assessment
Noting the interactional aspect of the problem
Securing each person’s view of the problem.
Genogram: exploring family of origin influences.
Discussing past attempts at solutions, particularly if successful.
Assess need for medical referral.

Stage 2: Goals
Language the problem carefully to externalize and not place blame.
Couple and therapist together come up with behavioral and affective goals.
Instill hope.

Stage 3: Interventions
Explore couple/individual strengths.
Look for positive characteristics and behaviors.
Normalize the problem and describe it as solvable.
Design interventions.

Stage 4: Maintenance
Identify perceptions and behaviors that are successful and encourage their maintenance for continued change.
Encourage both to accept responsibility for change.

Stage 5: Validation
Validate positive changes.
Teach couple how to apply the problem solving skills they have learned to other aspects of their lives.
Establish commitment to work on the relationship.