Improving Sexual Health
Ongoing Therapy Groups
Group therapy is a proven and effective strategy for the treatment of many types of psychological and emotional concerns. It can be especially beneficial for issues related to sex, sexuality and gender due to participants confronting difficult emotions and experiences, such as shame, anxiety, or loneliness, in the context of a group of people who have similar struggles. The result is a sense of community and connection, improved interpersonal relationship, improved self-esteem, and new strategies and life skills. Many insurance companies cover the cost of therapy groups, and it can be a more affordable option than individual therapy without insurance.
Out of Control Sexual Behavior (Sex Addiction) Therapy Group
Our Out of Control Sexual Behavior Therapy Group is a unique and valuable group experience for those who struggle with frequent sexual behavior and urges that have led to negative consequences and may not align with the person’s values.
Many sex addiction support groups (Sex Addicts Anonymous, Sexaholics Anonymous, Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous) are support groups that are peer led with no licensed group facilitators, may have a different group of people at each meeting, tend to overpathologize potentially healthy sexual behaviors, and have a format that minimizes participant’s ability to provide responsive feedback. Our OCSB therapy group differs in that it is a weekly group where the same participants attend every group, giving them an opportunity to build strong trusting relationships with each other and explore their issues in a deeper and meaningful way. Our group is facilitated by two licensed therapists with specialized training in sex therapy and problematic sexual behavior, who are able to gently and therapeutically push participants toward growth. Participants are encouraged to give feedback to other group members, and in the process refine their compassionate communication and empathy skills. The group is run from a sex positive perspective, which means that with guidance participants explore and establish what healthy sexuality looks like for them. Group goals include understanding precipitants to problematic behavior, exploring sex history and how it may contribute to current sexual behavior, resolving relational conflicts with partners and families, developing assertiveness, decreasing shame, increasing emotion tolerance, and learning how to build intimacy and connection with others.