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What is Sex Addiction? Questions from a Narrative Psychotherapy Perspective

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People are more than just machines or animals: we are meaning makers. We are constantly making meaning about our lives. And these meanings are connected to our culture and history. If we focus on sex alone as the problem, and don't explore the meanings you have and can make, we risk failing to understand what is most personally important and relevant to you. This idea of treatment for sex addiction can actually be obscuring many other details that factor into what is affecting you and what you would prefer for your life. Furthermore, the idea of "sex addiction' probably has you believing any problem (whatever it may be) exists in you, instead of in a particular circumstance or relationship you are involved with.

How Can Narrative Therapy Help?

Asking this question "what is sex addiction?' is one way to begin investigating the problem or problems that might be hidden by the idea of sex addiction. There are many ways of proceeding in a therapeutic conversation that questions this idea of sex addiction.

Where have you heard these ideas about sex and sex addiction?

What has been going for you that has lead to these "sex addiction' thoughts?

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Ash Rehn is an online counsellor and therapist with over 20 years experience in counselling. He specialises in motivation & confidence, relationship issues, sexuality and addiction. His online counselling practice is called Forward Therapy.
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