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Senior Accredited Sex and Relationship Psychotherapist

Specialist in Relationship Counselling and Psychosexual Therapy

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Compulsive Sexual Behaviour

Compulsive sexual behaviour, otherwise known as sex addiction or porn addiction, refers to a pattern of sexual thoughts, urges or behaviours that feel unmanageable or out of control. Individuals experiencing this may find themselves constantly preoccupied with sexual fantasies or activities, often to the point where it interferes with their daily lives, relationships and overall functioning.

While media portrayals tend to dramatise the issue, it's crucial to understand that compulsive sexual behaviour is a complex condition that can cause significant distress and confusion for those affected. The World Health Organization's ICD-11 classifies this behaviour as an impulse control disorder rather than an addiction, highlighting the difficulty individuals may face in regulating their sexual impulses despite potential negative consequences.

Why Therapy for Compulsive Sexual Behaviour?

If you find that your compulsive sexual behaviour is causing you to miss out on real-life events, struggle with sexual functioning or have difficulty connecting with your partner, it may be time to seek help. Compulsive sexual behaviour can manifest in various ways, not just through pornography use; any sexual behaviour that feels out of control or risky can be a cause for concern.

Compulsive (or out-of-control) sexual behaviour is often an attempted solution to deeper emotional discomfort. It may serve as an escape, a place to feel in control, alive and excited or to avoid boredom, the complexities of intimate relationships, vulnerability or the risk of being hurt. These behaviours can provide momentary relief from inner anxieties about ourselves and our connections with others. However, the problem is that these short-term fixes often have long-term consequences.

What Can You Expect from Therapy?

During therapy sessions, we will work together to explore the underlying causes of your compulsive sexual behaviour. This may involve examining your thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a safe, non-judgmental environment. We will collaborate to develop strategies for managing your impulses and building healthier coping mechanisms.

Therapy may also involve addressing any related issues, such as relationship difficulties, low self-esteem or past traumas. We will work at a pace that feels comfortable for you and I will provide support and guidance throughout the process.

What are the Benefits?

Seeking help for compulsive sexual behaviour can lead to numerous benefits, including:

Improved relationships: By addressing the underlying issues driving your compulsive behaviour, you can build stronger, more intimate connections with your partner and loved ones.

Better sexual functioning: Therapy can help you develop a healthier relationship with sex and improve sexual functioning.

Increased self-awareness: Through therapy, you can gain a deeper understanding of your thoughts, feelings and behaviours, leading to greater self-awareness and personal growth.

Enhanced coping skills: You will learn effective strategies for managing stress, anxiety and other emotional challenges, reducing the need to rely on compulsive sexual behaviour as a coping mechanism.

Improved overall well-being: By addressing your compulsive sexual behaviour you can experience increased emotional stability, reduced anxiety and a greater sense of control over your life.

If you recognise yourself in any of the above descriptions and feel ready to take the first step towards change, please don't hesitate to contact me. Together, we can work towards building a healthier, more fulfilling life.

What's the cost?

£85.00 per session.

Prepayment is required to secure your booking.

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