Yesterday I chatted with Dr Mary Deitch, President of SASH, about working with clients suffering with problematical sexual behaviour. I first heard Mary speak at the Farley Center when she presented on understanding the basics of problematical sexual behaviour. (See the slides for that presentation here). In the interview we discuss how to identify problematical sexual behaviour and the difference between what are sometimes termed lifestyle choices versus what is actually addictive behaviour. We also briefly discussed the disease model of recovery, attachment styles related to addiction and how useful clients can find attending meetings of 12 step fellowships, such as SA, SAA and SLAA.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of interviewing Paula Hall, sexual and relationship psychotherapist.
Paul Hall (pictured below) is a UK based sexual and relationship psychotherapist who has been specialising in the field of sex addiction for over 10 years. Paula has trained with Thaddeus Birchard in the UK and with Dr Patrick Carnes in the US. Paula is a founder member of ATSAC (Association for the Treatment of Sex Addiction and Compulsivity). Click here for a self assessment tool if you are worried about your sexual behaviour. She is a trainer on the UK’s first Professional Certificate in Sex Addiction Treatment.
In the interview we discuss the nature of sex addiction, the treatment models for sex addiction, 12 step recovery programmes, psycho-therapeutic modalities and her plans for the publication of her book on sex addition and treatment.
12 step treatments are not to be confused with the self help followships such as AA and NA
The new edition of Therapy Today dropped through the letterbox today and it is always interesting to see what is inside. Rachel Young from the Banbury Therapy Centre writes an interesting article on group therapy for addiction.
12 step group therapy aims to create a safe space where clients with addictions can learn to reconnect with others and create the foundations for recovery. It is important to note that 12 step treatments are not to be confused with the self help fellowships such as AA and NA. These fellowships aim to provide peer support indefinitely but 12 step treatment is typically 3 to 6 months of intensive rehabilitation therapy at the start of the recovery process. AA and NA can often be the perfect after care support system for clients seeking to stay on the straight and narrow.
Trust, peer support and honesty are put forward by Rachel Young as the most important criteria for the success of the treatment. Also, a thorough awareness of group dynamics is essential in order to facilitate a 12 step group therapy treatment model as conflict resolution needs to be tackled very early on. Well worth a read!