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Sexual Therapy and Borderline Personality Disorder

1h 20m

Francesca Tripodi

Psychotherapist & Sexologist
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Content: Julie, a 28-years-old woman, is referred by her GP because of depression and suicidal thoughts. Life seems too painful to be lived, and she is quite sure to commit suicide within a year. Nevertheless, she would like to have sex, but she did not succeed yet. That is why she accepted the referral to a psychotherapist who is also a sexologist. She explains her sexual problem wording as follows: “I am stuck with sex. I want to do it, but I feel disgusted about sexual intercourse. I am still a virgin. I can flirt, I can have some foreplay, but then I feel rigid with my body, and my mind turns off”. She feels great need of help and thinks she can trust the therapist. She wants to get a chance to solve her sexual problem before she dies. Francesca Tripodi discusses the case presented by Evie Kirana, where the following crucial points are stressed:
  1. Do we need to take the suicidal thoughts seriously, or shall we focus on the sexual problem instead?
  2. How to make a differential diagnosis and approach the treatment goals?
  3. Which are the main steps in clinical management?
Produced in 2021

Francesca Tripodi

Psychotherapist & Sexologist
Lecturer and Supervisor

Francesca Tripodi, PsyD, ECPS, is a psychologist, graduated as clinical sexologist at the Institute of Clinical Sexology, Rome (4-years training course, integrated approach) and as psychotherapist at the Roman School of Family Psychotherapy (4-year training course, systemic approach).

She got her diploma at the Oxford School of Sexual Medicine and the title of EFS-ESSM Certified Psychosexologist (ECPS). She is currently working as a psychotherapist, sexologist, lecturer and clinical supervisor at Institute of Clinical Sexology in Rome. Her 25-years clinical experience covers a wide range of sexual issues, but her focus is primarily on female sexual dysfunction and couple therapy. She collaborates as sexual counsellor, research partner and supervisor at some public and private medical and psychological services and departments in Rome and is an active member of the Italian Federation of Scientific Sexology (FISS). Since 2013, she is co-director of and lecturer at the ESSM School of Sexual Medicine. Current member of the ESSM Educational Committee, the ESSM Scientific Committee, the EFS/ESSM Exam Committee, the European Accreditation of Psycho-sexology (EPSA), the EFS Executive and Educational Committees. Author of more than 20 original articles, she has extensive (more than 20 years) lecturing and supervising experience. She is the co-author of the “Syllabus of ESSM Sexual Medicine” (2013), and co-editor of the “EFS and ESSM Syllabus of Clinical Sexology (2014) and the “ESSM Manual of Sexual Medicine” (2015). Over the last 15 years, she participated with lectures, oral communications or poster the most important conferences and international meetings organized by the main scientific societies of sexology (EFS, WAS, ESSM), as well as other congresses in the field. Moreover, in the last 15 years she worked to improve sexual quality of life through media (TV, radio, magazines, newspapers). Reviewer for The Journal of Sexual Medicine and for the Sexual Medicine Reviews, Elsevier. Abstract reviewer for the WAS congresses (2015, 2017), EFS congresses (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016), ESSM congress (2019). She has participated to many research projects, as scientific collaborator or coordinator. 

Her research areas are mainly: 

  • training in sexology  
  • biopsychosocial approach in sexual treatments 
  • male and female sexual dysfunctions  
  • sexual development during the life span 
  • gender identity and orientation  
  • sexuality education  
  • atypical sexual behavior, sexual preferences, paraphilias  
  • hypersexuality 

Languages

English, Italian

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