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Treating Compulsive Sexual Behaviors: Beyond the Addiction Model (Part 1 & 2)

1h 27m

Silva Neves

Psychotherapist & Sexologist

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Content and Aim: Many patients report negative consequences as a result of unwanted, repetitive, consensual sexual behaviours. In their initial consultation, they often use a ‘sex addiction’ language as it is the most familiar language: their behaviours feel like an addiction because they feel they are out of control. The psychological presentations of compulsive sexual behaviours are often misunderstood and mistreated. The webinar aims to clarify the confusion regarding the term ‘sex addiction’ for the more accurate and scientific diagnosis of compulsive sexual behaviours, based on robust sexological science. Compulsive sexual behaviour (CSB) is a complex condition whose presentation varies greatly from one patient to the next. It is important to have a solid assessment and a unique clinical formulation of the patient’s difficulties if the clinician is to choose the appropriate treatment.

Learning objectives: Participants will learn about:
    • How to assess CSB beyond the addiction-thinking: conceptualising and diagnosing the condition with a pluralistic, psychosexual approach.
    • How to formulate an effective treatment plan.
    • Important tools to treat CSB and how to weave them in your existing clinical practice.
    • A set of recommendations for ethical and safe practice.
Produced in 2019

Silva Neves

Psychotherapist & Sexologist
Lecturer and Supervisor

I am Silva Neves, COSRT, BACP, a qualified, experienced and accredited psychosexual and relationship psychotherapist holding a busy private practice in Central London, UK.

I gained my post-graduate qualification as a psychosexual and relationship psychotherapist with The Middlesex University in 2013. After that, I completed further training in trauma therapy with Babette Rothschild and also EMDR, focusing on sexual trauma. I also did extra training specifically on couples therapy. More recently, I gained a qualification in clinical supervision. I’m an accredited member of COSRT (College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists) and The National Counseling Society. I’m a registered member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and NCP (National Council of Psychotherapists). I’m also a member of UKPTS (UK Psychological Trauma Society) and EMDR Association UK & Ireland. In the last 10 years, I worked in different settings: charity organisations, The National Health Service in the UK (NHS) and in private clinics. I have been working in my own private clinic in Central London for the last 5 years. I also deliver trainings on sexual trauma and other areas of the psychosexual field to various organisations across the UK, as well as speaking at conferences such as the BACP Private Practice Conference, The European Federation of Sexology and EMDR Conference. I’m a columnist for Gay Times and PureEros, writing articles on sex and relationships. I also write articles for psychotherapy journals. Areas of expertise I am particularly specialised and experienced in working with: 1- Sexual Trauma 2- LGBTQ-specific therapy. I employ a humanistic and integrative approach, drawing on many theories and treatment strategies, including Somatic trauma therapy, CBT, Gestalt, Person-centred, Psychodynamic, TA and specific knowledge of human sexuality and sexuality and relationship diversity.




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