Providing empathetic and strength-based care for sexuality concerns with 13 yrs. experience and with an AASECT certified therapist.
Marriage & Family Therapist in Minnetonka, MN
Out of control sexual behaviors (also known as "sex addiction" in our culture) is identified by Dough Bruan-Harvey, and which is the mindset I come from in my work, to be “a sexual health problem in which an individual’s consensual sexual urges, thoughts, and behaviors feel out of control [to them]” (p. 10), as opposed to as a mental illness (as in the Sex Addiction, SAA or 12-step, model). Helping my clients define, and work toward, their own version of sexual health is my goal.
This is a broad category for a variety of psycho-sexual issues, but I have the most experience treating: Fetishes, Non-consenting behavior, Minor-attracted persons (non-offending and offending), and sexual shame. Utilizing strength- and client-based therapies and providing my clients with a comfortable and private processing area has been how I've helped hundred of people the past 13 years with their sexuality problems.
Attachment theory is a psychological, evolutionary and ethological theory concerning relationships between humans. The most important tenet is that young children need to develop a relationship with at least one primary caregiver for normal social and emotional development. (Wikipedia) Those that do not develop this strong attachment may find various psychological, psycho-sexual and/or interpersonal difficulties in their lives. Understanding their attachment can help resolve issues.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a psycho-social intervention that aims to improve mental health. CBT focuses on challenging and changing cognitive distortions (e.g. thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes) and behaviors, improving emotional regulation, and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems. (Wikipedia)
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a psycho-social intervention that aims to improve mental health. CBT focuses on challenging and changing cognitive distortions (e.g. thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes) and behaviors, improving emotional regulation, and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems. (Wikipedia) Changing how one thinks/views something can change behavior.
Solution Focused Brief Therapy focuses on addressing what clients want to achieve without severely exploring the history and provenance of problem(s). Solution Focused therapy sessions typically focus on the present and future, focusing on the past only to the degree necessary for communicating empathy and accurate understanding of the client's concerns. (Wikipedia)