It can be hard to talk about concerns you may have about your sexual interests and behaviours with others.
Finding a therapist sensitive to these issues and skilled in helping you to develop skills to manage these interests can make a difference.
I provide treatment for your concerns about sex or porn addiction (also known as hypersexuality), difficulties with decreasing or a low sex drive, sexual fetishes that may be causing you difficulties and for difficulties you may be experiencing in your relationships because of past sexual abuse you experienced.
Treatment is confidential, non-judgemental and grounded in research based, clinically proven interventions. Personalized treatment plans are designed to assist you with developing the skills and strategies you need to develop meaningful and healthy sexual relationships.
My treatment is based on principles of anti-oppression social work practice. That is, I recognize that sexual interests, sexual behaviours and sexual orientations that are not traditional can both cause people emotional difficulties and can result in people being disconnected from their friends, their families and from more traditional health care / therapy providers.
I use an approach to treatment called ‘Acceptance and Commitment Therapy’ (ACT). ACT treatments recognize that while it may not be possible to control spontaneous or natural sexual thoughts and urges, it is possible to control how you manage these thoughts.
In other words, thoughts and urges don’t need to be predictors of your behaviour and, over time, can occur less often and be less difficult to control.
I also draw heavily on ‘Mindfulness’ influenced approaches to treatment, including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). DBT is a collaborative, solution focused and cognitive based therapeutic model that supports the development of an awareness of thoughts, beliefs and assumptions that can make emotions more difficult to tolerate.
DBT provides tools to support you to identify cognitive distortions, or thinking errors, that you might experience as a result of emotional distress or trauma. DBT offers an opportunity to both restructure these thought process and to develop the skills to better manage painful emotions and negative thoughts about ones self.