Treating Sexual Addiction with Contemporary Psychotherapy - Research published by BeeLeaf Graduate & Recipient of COSRT Post Graduate of the Year Award

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Contemporary Psychotherapy

Contemporary Psychotherapy was developed by Pamela Gawler-Wright at The BeeLeaf Institute, in the early 1990’s, (www.beeleaf.com; Gawler-Wright, 2006). It is a Pluralist model, (Cooper and McLeod, 2011), based on the meta discipline of Systemic Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapy, (NLPt), (Wake, 2008). Assessment and History Taking Childhood Darren describes a lonely childhood spent predominantly in his room playing computer games. For the first eight years of his life, before his brothers were born, Darren was often left in the care of a variety of baby sitters whilst his parents attended professional and social events. From eight years old to leaving home at twenty one, Darren was given responsibility for the care of his brothers when his parents were out, which was frequently. He vividly remembers being ill with flu at the age of thirteen and still being left to care for his brothers whilst his parents took a weekend trip. Darren describes his parents as ‘cold’ and himself as ‘slightly autistic’.

Sexual History

Darren identifies as heterosexual. He has no clear memory of childhood sexual abuse but there is a family suspicion that a male baby sitter may have sexually abused him before the age of eight. His earliest sexual memories are between the ages of nine and eleven when he remembers regularly inserting a favourite toy into his anus. He cannot recall exactly when he started masturbating but guesses it was around this time. He discovered Internet porn in his early teens and lost his virginity to a prostitute, chosen via the Internet, at sixteen.