Sex is something that many therapists feel uncomfortable discussing in the therapy room. This is despite it being a key area of most clients’ lives which is often intrinsically linked to mental health problems and which may – if worked with – open up a path to deeper understanding and creative ways of engaging with our struggles.
In this one day workshop we will consider how our own attitudes around sex and sexuality – and talking about sex – may impact upon our client work. We will look at the ways in which sex is understood in wider culture – and within psychology, psychotherapy and psychiatry – questioning the common approach of delineating ‘normal functional’ sex from ‘abnormal, dysfunctional’ sex and taking a goal-focused approach to sex and sexual difficulties.
We will consider ways of working across sexual diversity in an affirming manner (including heterosexual, LGB, asexual and kink sexualities), as well as delving into sexual fantasies and desires as a valuable – and often untapped – way of coming to a greater understanding of ourselves and our clients.
Throughout the day there will be a strong emphasis on modelling consent in the therapeutic interaction and working with clients around self and other-consent.
Lunch: This break will be approx. 45 minutes. Please bring a packed lunch and a drink.
Please note there isn’t access to a microwave or fridge at this venue and there are no local shops accessable by foot.
Morning break: Teas, coffee and biscuits
Afternoon break: Teas, coffee and cakes