Sexual Addiction/Compulsivity is defined as “engaging in persistent and escalating patterns of sexual behaviour acted out despite increasing negative consequences to self and others.” In other words, an individual will continue to engage in certain sexual behaviours despite facing potential health risks, financial problems, shattered relationships or even arrest.
If you are concerned about your sexual activity/behaviour and feel it may be out of control; you may like to read the following statements for possible identification or familiarity.
- Frequently engaging in more sex and with more partners than intended.
- Being preoccupied with or persistently craving sex; wanting to cut down and unsuccessfully attempting to limit sexual activity.
- Thinking of sex to the detriment of other activities or continually engaging in excessive sexual practices despite a desire to stop.
- Spending considerable time in activities related to sex, such as cruising for partners or spending hours online visiting pornographic Web sites.
- Neglecting obligations such as work, school or family in pursuit of sex.
- Continually engaging in the sexual behaviour despite negative consequences, such as broken relationships or potential health risks.
- Escalating scope or frequency of sexual activity to achieve the desired effect, such as more frequent visits to prostitutes or more sex partners.
- Feeling irritable when unable to engage in the desired behaviour.
The goal of sexual addiction treatment is not lifelong abstinence, but rather a termination of compulsive, unhealthy sexual behaviour so that you can begin to understand and distinguish between healthy and unhealthy sex.
Our programme is a combination of 1:1 face to face psychotherapy consultation and structured academic and therapeutic group-work facilitation. The philosophy is to encourage abstinence from any sexual behaviour during the primary phase of treatment that includes: 90-day period of self-imposed abstinence. This will enable you to understand the emotional cues and circumstances that trigger your sexual thoughts and compulsive sexual behaviour.
Please contact Saidat Khan for further details on 1:1 face to face consultation and Group-work programme.