Friday, August 14, 2015

Cognitive Behavioral Family Therapy

Couple’s Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

■ Disorders of desire range from “low sex drive” to sexual aversion.

■ Treatment focuses on de-conditioning of anxiety and helping clients resist negative thoughts

■ Arousal disorders include decreased emotional arousal and difficulty achieving and maintaining an erection or dilating and lubricating.

■ Orgasm disorders include the timing of orgasm (premature or delayed), the quality of the orgasm, or requirements for the orgasm.

Limitations of the Approach

■ The behaviorist focus on modifying the consequences of problem behavior accounts for the strengths and weaknesses of this approach.

■ Behaviorists rarely treat whole families, instead they only see those subsystems they consider central to the targeted behavior.

■ Unfortunately, failure to include the entire family could be disastrous.

■ Furthermore, if the whole family isn’t involved in the change, new behavior may not be reinforced and maintained.