How to Address Compulsive Sexual Behavior with a Therapist
January 29, 2021at10:30 PM
Overt sexuality is prevalent in U.S. culture, permeating everything from television and movies to the music industry, sporting events, and advertising. Sexual expression is commonplace on social media. The rise of OnlyFans and camming throughout quarantine has made sex work even more mainstream. Within this landscape of hyper-sexuality, it’s hard to know when behaviors cross a line from typical into compulsive.
Working with a compulsive sexual behavior therapist empowers you to examine your relationship to sex and the role your sexuality plays in your own life. It’s possible to achieve a future free of compulsive behaviors where you have a healthy relationship to sexual behavior.
Establishing a starting point for treatment.
As an experienced psychotherapist, I’ll work with you to establish your compulsive behaviors' parameters to develop a diagnosis that feels authentic to you. From there, we’ll work to improve your relationship with your sexuality. Some signs that this diagnosis may apply to you include:
Sexual thoughts and behaviors that you have trouble controlling.
Your sexual behavior causes problems for the rest of your life.
You take sexual behavior to extremes that feel out of control.
There is no straightforward diagnosis for compulsive sexual behavior. We’ll discuss the role your sexuality plays in your life and how you’d like it to change–from excessive pornography consumption to troubling sexual behaviors and feelings of shame.
What matters most is how you feel about your behavior and your relationship to your sexuality. If you feel out of control or “addicted,” a compulsive sexual behavior therapist can provide a starting place for treatment.
Establishing a treatment plan that works.
There’s no pill or treatment to “cure” compulsive sexual behavior. I’ll help you find a combination of treatments designed to reduce compulsive behavior and create space for satisfying relationships in your life. Some common treatments that have helped people dealing with this diagnosis include:
Group therapy: finding a non-judgemental community of support can help eliminate shame and embarrassment.
Talk therapy: talk therapy can build self-awareness and develop a healthy relationship with your sexuality.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy: create awareness of subconscious thoughts to understand your behaviors better.
My top priority is to be a supportive, non-judgemental resource for my patients. As your compulsive sexual behavior therapist, our end-goal will be for you to form healthy relationships to enrich your life.
Taking the first steps towards treatment.
Admitting that your sexual behaviors feel out of control sometimes may fill you with uncertainty, shame, or self-doubt. Reaching out to a trained psychologist is the first step towards a life with fulfilling relationships where you’re in control. There are many things you can do to support this first step towards self-improvement:
Commit to treatment: make and keep appointments with your compulsive sexual behavior therapist. Showing up is critical for improvement.
Research additional resources: learning about your condition can help you better understand and move past your compulsive behavior.
Invest yourself in healthy activities: changes happen because you make them; try yoga, meditation, recreational sports, and new hobbies.
Remember your goals: transformative change doesn’t happen overnight. Stay focused on your goals, even when you don’t see results right away.
You get a non-judgemental insight into yourself and your behavior when you work with a trained psychologist specializing in helping clients understand their sexuality. Reach out today to build a foundation for a happier life.
For help addressing the aspects of your life you’re unhappy with, work with a compulsive sexual behavior therapist.
Whatever form your compulsive sexual behavior takes, you can reach out to my office to schedule an appointment. I specialize in working with young adults and professionals who want more from life. If you don’t understand why your life isn’t the way you want, I can offer perspective and guidance.
Get judgment-free help from Stephen K. Kuprich, Ph.D. today.