Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Sexual Problems
An Essential Guide for Mental Health Professionals
Regardless of specialty or preferred therapeutic approach, most mental health professionals will eventually have to confront their patients' sexual concerns—whether directly or in the course of addressing other problems. Yet, despite the fact that the importance of sex to mental health has been recognized for over a century, training in the preclinical and clinical years often skims over the topic.
With Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Sexual Problems, senior clinical sexuality specialist Dr. Stephen B. Levine offers both mental health trainees and advanced practitioners a comprehensive introduction to this educationally overlooked arena.
In tackling issues that include premature ejaculation, anorgasmia, erectile dysfunction, sexual pain, sexual identity, paraphilia, and betrayal, this guide aims to increase its readers' comfort and confidence in assisting patients with their sexual concerns. The author provides a thoughtful discussion of the nature of love—as an active, evolving process involving psychological intimacy, intense sexual interest, and commitment—and shows how sexual problems create barriers to loving.
With its personal, supervisory tone, this volume also seeks to stimulate readers' professional interest in the topic, providing a useful perspective on patients' stories. Concise, easily digestible chapters make this a valuable primer for professionals from a range of backgrounds, whether psychiatry, psychology, social work, counseling, marriage and family therapy, nursing, or pastoral counseling.
Chapter 1. A Professional View of Sexual Life
Chapter 2. The Simple Male Dysfunction
Chapter 3. The Developmental Female Dysfunction
Chapter 4. Introduction to Erectile Dysfunctions
Chapter 5. Women's Sexual Desire: Life Cycle Perspective
Chapter 6. Betrayals
Chapter 7. The Gender Revolution
Chapter 8. Another Barrier to Loving: Paraphilia
Chapter 9. Sex Is a Psychosomatic Process: Mysteries
Chapter 10. Your Professional Development
Appendix: Further Reading and Resources
About the Authors
Stephen B. Levine, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, and psychiatrist at DeBalzo, Elgudin, Levine, Risen, LLC, in Beachwood, Ohio.
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