Counseling and Treatment Interventions for Problems Related to Human Sexuality
Assessment, treatment, and diagnosis of sexual issues are the focus of this unit’s discussions. Based on a theoretical orientation and a diagnosis, counselors implement various techniques to help clients find relief and healing from sexual problems. Several intervention techniques are addressed in the unit readings.
To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:
1. Explore theories and etiology of addictions and addictive behaviors, and their impact on issues regarding human sexuality, including strategies for prevention, intervention, and treatment.
2. Describe the potential effects of infertility and infertility treatment on sexual behavior and relationships.
Learning Activities Study 1
Use the Library to complete the following:
• Peterson, Boivin, Norré, Smith, Thorn, and Wischmann’s 2012 article, “An Introduction to Infertility Counseling: A Guide for Mental Health and Medical Professionals,” from the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, volume 29, issue 3, pages 243–248.
• Garcia and Thibaut’s 2011 article, “Current Concepts in the Pharmacotherapy of Paraphilias,” from Drugs, volume 71, issue 6, pages 771–790.
• Schade and Sandberg’s 2012 article, “Healing the Attachment Injury of Marital Infidelity Using Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy: A Case Illustration,” from the American Journal of Family Therapy, volume 40, issue 5, pages 434–444.
• Morrissette’s 2012 article, “Infidelity and Revenge Fantasies: An Integrative Couple Therapy Approach,” from the Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, volume 11, issue 2, pages 149–164.
Discussion 1: 1 page needed with 2 references
Addicted to Sex
Sally presents for counseling and states, “I am addicted to sex.” She says that she knows this because she took a quiz on the Internet and received a score that read, “Go see a counselor.” Additionally, she states that it is not uncommon for her to go home from the bar with strangers simply to have sex. She states she thinks about sex all the time and masturbates when she cannot have sex. She sometimes looks at pornography on the Internet but states, “I am more interested in reality than fantasy.” She does acknowledge that she was in trouble twice at work for pornography on her computer. She states that she pays for sex at least 3–4 times a month. She says that she has been this way ever since she can remember. She is worried that if her partner finds out, she “will be in big trouble!”
What is Sally’s potential DSM-5 diagnosis, and what do you suggest for treatment? Be sure to address if Sally needs a referral for medication.