An Analysis of Counseling Interventions
Cybersex, Part 3 of a 3-Part Series
Cybersex addiction is a widespread problem in our society that has serious consequences for both addicts and their spouses. In the first article in this series, I introduced the phenomenon of sexual addiction and outlined its effects on addicts and their partners. In the second article, I provided a transcript of a first-time visit to a therapist of couple who had been affected by sex addiction, showing what may typically occur in therapy. In this final article in the series, I discuss some studies that have highlighted important points in the therapeutic treatment of sex addiction.
Effective Counseling for Cybersex Addiction
In a study of 248 professional counselors, Swisher (1995) found that while marital therapy plays a significant role, individual and group therapies are more commonly suggested for sexual addictions (Zitzman & Butler, 2005). Issues to be addressed in counseling may include reducing shame, challenging beliefs, learning to deal with emotions, creating a ...
Cybersex, Part 1 of a 3-Part Series
Sexual addiction is the inability to stop sexual behavior, even when it damages your life. It involves engaging in excessive sexual fantasies and urges in response to anxiety, depression, or stressful life situations. Sexual addiction is characterized by repetitive but unsuccessful attempts to control or significantly curtail these fantasies, urges, and behaviors. Engaging in sexual behavior without regard for the risk of emotional or physical harm to yourself or others is another hallmark of sexual addiction. This article is the first in a 3-part series in which I share the impact of Cybersex.
Pornography and Sexual Dysfunction
Sexual function or dysfunction as a result of viewing pornography, especially on the Internet, is not specifically listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychological Association (DSM-V, 2013). However, research indicates that the results of habitual pornography use may cause acquired sexual dysfunction (and indicates that sexual dysfunction only develops after a period of normal functioning), and may be influenced by situational or psychological factors. Sexual dysfunction is characterized by a disturbance of sexual desire and by changes in the body, mind, and emoti...