Sydney Counselling, Relationship Counselling, Sex Therapy

Sex Addiction

Sex addiction can be described as a habit, compulsion, dependence, need, craving or infatuation with sexual activities and an impulse control disorder. It can be defined as recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies, urges, or behaviours that increase in frequency or intensity that they significantly interfere with the sexual relationship with a partner and/or the addicts work performance. It can be likened to severe drug addiction. Some research into this area suggests that it is a form of self-medication for sleep, pain, family and life problems that produces short term relief from guilt, shame, remorse or other negative affliction.

Sexual addiction can include behaviours such as compulsive masturbation, protracted promiscuity, pornographic dependence, telephone sex, cybersex, sexual desire incompatibility, prostitution, sexual harassment, excessive sexual fantasising to name a few.

Sydney Counselling and Life Coaching treatment plans are usually prepared and discussed with the client. In some instances, sex addiction requires medical and/or pharmaceutical intervention and appropriate referrals to specialised medical or specialists may be suggested. Please note that some pharmaceutical interventions can affect libido and hormonal levels. These interventions must be regularly monitored.