Teleseminar: November 4, 2013

If It Isn’t Sex Addiction, What Is It? And How Do You Treat It?

November 4, 2013
noon-1pm PST
or via recording

For almost three decades, the sex addiction movement has been addressing fundamental human issues: lust, desire, guilt, fantasy, decision-making, and the relationship of love and sex.

The answers generated by this model, however, have important limitations. And if these answers work for some people, for many others they clearly do not.

So when patients come to see us feeling out of control sexually, what can we offer them? When they want to change their sexual behavior but can’t, how can we help them?

This class will explore how we can help patients look at the their sexual decision-making process, identify how they create a sense of powerlessness in themselves, and what their sexual behavior is really attempting to address. We will talk about how so-called “out of control” sexual behavior may, for example, be an attempt to preserve a sexually dysfunctional marriage, or an essential self-image that has become untenable.

We will talk about how patients’ impulsive or seemingly out-of-control sexual behavior may really involve:

* medicating their depression or anxiety or anhedonia
* acting out hostility they can’t afford to let into their consciousness
* an attempt to address an arousal disorder
* an attempt to deny a dystonic sexual preference or orientation
* a denial of existential despair
* the inability to initiate sex with a partner
* a recurring sexual dysfunction with a partner
* inadequate attraction to or unspoken resentment toward a primary partner

These are some of the issues we need to explore instead of agreeing that someone is a sex addict.

We should not assume that people who feel out of control are out of control. Rather, we should assume that patients are talking about their subjective experience rather than an objective fact. We can then look at “feeling out of control” as a narrative to be addressed, rather than a symptom that needs to be fixed. Ultimately, that provides a deeper, more effective treatment approach.

 Cost: $49, which includes:

* One-hour seminar
* 30 powerpoint slides
* A recording of the entire seminar
* CE certificate (AASECT, California MFTs & LCSWs)
* Local call-in number (or you can use skype)

To register, click here
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Register for “Sexual Aspects of Health Issues” & “Existential Issues” at the same time—only $119 for all three!

Want to attend, but can’t make it November 4? Register, and use the recording to “attend” on your own schedule.

Your 100% guarantee: Sign up and attend the seminar. If after 10 minutes you don’t find it valuable, hang up, send me an email, and you’ll get a full refund.

Call: 650/856-6533

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