Sex Positive Therapy with Sexual Minorities

Michael Aaron, Winston Wilde #ccontherapy CatalystCon West - September 28, 2013

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  1. Often sex therapists see clients coming into their office worried or shamed about their sexual interests due to sex negative messaging in their families and society. Therapists often need to provide sex education in order to depathologize and normalize sexual behaviors and fantasies which are deemed aberrant by clients. This presentation will provide details on how therapists help their clients accept and embrace their own sexualities. Case studies will be presented which illustrate the challenges that therapists face in helping clients accept themselves and in giving them permission to explore and broaden their sexual horizons.

    Particular attention will be placed on differentiating between healthy, non-normative sexual behaviors and pathological behaviors, with emphasis on understanding the new changes in the DSM-V regarding the new diagnosis of Paraphilic Disorder. Pros and cons of this new diagnosis will be discussed, with suggestions provided for further changes in the way that the mental health field views sexual minorities.
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