The Sexually Disturbed: Treating Psychosexual Disorders

The Sexually Disturbed: Treating Psychosexual Disorders

The Sexually Disturbed: Treating Psychosexual Disorders

The Sexually Disturbed: Treating Psychosexual Disorders

Synopsis

This volume describes the treatment of uniquely complex and profound sexual problems that the therapeutic community has been largely unsuccessful in treating. The reader is drawn to understand and even identify with the people experiencing sexual disturbance. This work is developed around a case study format, with chapters on specific psychosexual disturbances. In addition to presenting the treatment process as it is formulated in the mind of the therapist, Doyle offers a blueprint for therapy that makes specific treatment possible for clients with similar disorders.

Excerpt

Over three decades ago, while completing my doctoral dissertation, "Effect of Graduate Training in Human Sexuality on the Counselor's Ability to Deal with Sexually Related Problems in the Counseling Setting," I felt like a pioneer in the sexual wilderness. My design was used as the first graduate-level course in human sexuality presented by the Counselor Education Division at University of Missouri-Kansas City. the focus was mainly on sexual dysfunction and sexual identity, with sections dealing with what we used to call "desensitization." These sections were necessary because most of us were untrained in talking about sex in general, let alone explicit sexual behaviors. I became aware of the true meaning of a sex negative society and the pluralistic messages we are besieged with regarding all things sexual; that is, sex is attractive and desirable at the same time it is nasty and naughty. It is not socially acceptable to speak openly of sexual anatomy or behavior. Sexual arousal and orgasm are often shrouded in silence and mystery, so much so that many become confused and are ashamed and fearful of their natural body functions. Strong sexual feelings thus become a cause for alarm and create anxiety. For some, culturally induced sexual anxiety combines with other events and results in psychosexual disturbance.

Today, I am struck by the fact that I still live in a sex-negative society. the students and professionals who come to me for train-

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