Treating Sexual Addiction with Contemporary Psychotherapy
This case study describes the treatment of my first psychosexual client, Darren, detailing both his therapeutic process and my development as a psychosexual therapist. All names and identifying details have been changed to protect confidentiality and anonymity. Darren has given written consent for his case to be presented.
Darren is a successful, city based professional in his late twenties, presenting with obsessive rumination and compulsive sexual behaviour. He is educated to degree level. His parents are both professional academics and he has two younger brothers. Darren lives with Joanne, his partner of 8 years, their two-year-old son and Joanne’s teenage son from a previous relationship. In March 2011 Darren and Joanne started couples therapy following Darren’s confession to compulsive use of Internet porn and prostitutes. In September 2011 Darren was referred to me for one to one therapy, to work specifically on understanding and overcoming his compulsive behaviours. His treatment is on going.
I am a female, UKCP Registered Contemporary Psychotherapist, with post graduate training in CBT. I am in my forties and work in a private counselling agency setting. My psychotherapeutic orientation can be described as Pluralist. I specialise in the treatment of anxiety and OCD.