What is Clinical Sexology?

 

What is Clinical Sexology and what can it do for you?

Clinical Sexology is the clinical practice of Sexology.

Some help from Wikipedia:  Sexologists apply tools from several academic fields, such as biology, medicine, psychology, epidemiology, sociology and criminology. Topics of study include sexual development (puberty), sexual orientation and gender identity, sexual relationships and sexual activity, paraphilias and atypical sexual interests, as well as the sexualities of special groups, such as child sexuality, adolescent sexuality, sexuality among the elderly and the disabled. The sexological study of sexual dysfunctions and disorders, including erectile dysfunction, anorgasmia, and pedophilia, are also mainstays. The field also employs specific therapeutic models to help patients dealing with various issues, such as the PLISSIT model.

As a Clinical Sexologist with a Doctorate in Human Sexuality (DHS) I am qualified to work with individuals and couples with a wide range of sexual needs, desires and concerns.  I use the PLISSIT model in my work with stands for: Permission, Limited Information, Specific Suggestions and Intensive Therapy.  In this case, because I am not a licensed psychotherapist, it would be Intensive Treatment and I would refer you to see a licensed psychotherapist if needed.

I work within the framework of short-term counseling as the goal is to address specific issues and with gentle guidance, education, a safe space to talk and instruction enable you to move forward in your life in a satisfying way.  While psychotherapy may be ongoing, clinical sexology has short-term solutions in mind.  With everyone being unique counseling could go from 3 months to a year or longer.

Some issues that clinical sexology can address:

Erectile issues

Early Ejaculation

Low Libido/Desire

Difficulty with Arousal

Difficulty with Orgasm

High libido/low libido in relationships

Use or overuse of porn and any problems that may be causing

Sexual Trauma

Sexual Repression

Kink, BDSM and alternative lifestyles

Polyamory and Open Relationships

Techniques for a better sex life

… and the list goes on.  There are as many reasons for people seeking out sexuality counseling as there are people! With a non-judgemental approach, I create a safe space to bring everything to the table.

*Below, please find some more information about clinical sexology excerpted with permission from Dr. David MacKenzie in Langley, BC, Canada www.davidmckenzie.ca.

What can a clinical sexologist do for you?*

Clinical sexology approaches human sexual inadequacy and dysfunction using a variety of tools, of which counselling is just one. Sexology’s central approach lies both in the counselling and education of clients as to their sexual selves, and in the practical and direct instruction on how to achieve sexual adequacy

and fulfillment.

Clinical sexology addresses the treatment of sexual problems from an understanding of the cultural assumptions underlying human sexual behaviour. With trained precision, the clinical sexologist can enable people from a variety of backgrounds to experience sexually satisfying and fulfilling lives.

A Brief History Of Sexology*

Clinical sexology has its roots in mid-19th Century England and Germany.Havelock Ellis (1859-1939), an English medical doctor, surgeon and sexologist, was one of the first researchers to challenge the sexual repression of the Victorian Age (generally considered to span the time of Queen Victoria’s reign, 1819-1901) along with its taboo against masturbation (now considered by sex health experts to be a normal sexual behaviour, essential for healthy sexual development).

In 1919, Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, a German physician and clinical sexologist, founded the first Institute for Sexology in Berlin (Zentrum fur Sexualwissenschaft). The Institute accumulated a vast body of research on human sexual development as well as the treatment of sexual concerns and dysfunctions. It was the first such Institute to offer a clinic for the specific purpose of treating sexual problems.

On May 6, 1933, under orders from the Nazi High Command, Brownshirts broke into the Institute and carried away its vast collection of books, research material and clinical files to be destroyed at the infamous May 10, 1933 book burning on Berlin’s Opera Square. The Institute was immediately closed. In passing, it must be stated that the later institutes, clinics and research of the great 20th century sexologists, Alfred Kinsey, Wardell Pomeroy, and Masters and Johnson had their forerunner in Hirschfeld’s Institute.

After World War II, there was a renaissance of sexology in both America and Europe. In 1948, Alfred Kinsey and his associates founded the Kinsey Institute for sexual research at the University of Indiana. In 1967 and in 1970, medical researchers and sexologists William Masters and Virginia Johnson published their vast, groundbreaking research in two separate volumes entitled Human Sexual Response and Human Sexual Inadequacy. They also founded a teaching Institute and treatment clinic. In 1983, Humbolt-Univeritat zu Berlin opened the Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology to the public.

The science of sexology is now a well established and widely taught discipline in many of the world’s leading universities. If you are interested in discovering just how widespread sexological research is, please visit the Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology Website. You will find an exhaustive resource for learning about sexology’s history and scientific research, and more links to the growing worldwide list of universities and institutes studying clinical sexology.

The science of sexology is now a well established and widely taught discipline in many of the world’s leading universities. If you are interested in discovering just how widespread sexological research is, please visit the Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology Website. You will find an exhaustive resource for learning about sexology’s history and scientific research, and more links to the growing worldwide list of universities and institutes studying clinical sexology.

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