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Understanding Kink/BDSM Practices Amongst Gay/Bi Men (Part 1 & 2)

1h 32m

Dominic Davies

Psychotherapist & clinical sexologist
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Contents and Aim: Increasingly gay and bi men involved in consensual BDSM and Kink feel more comfortable discussing their sexual experiences in therapy. Greater openness may be due to the declassification of many paraphilias within the DSM and ICD. It may also be attributable to increasing research into consensual BDSM/Kink that demonstrates that these sexual practices are a healthy variation of human sexuality. Some therapists can be safe and informed enough to risk discussing this more intimate and controversial part of someone’s sexuality. However, many sexology supervisors may find themselves groping around in the dark supervising practitioners where their shared lack of information and cultural sensitivity leads to poor therapeutic outcomes. Alternatively, the supervisor might find themselves working with a Kink-knowledgeable therapist and wanting to ensure they do not struggle to co-create an informed clinical discourse due to their lack of prior training in this area.

Learning Objectives: • Explore whether Kink is a sexual orientation • Understand more about the associated health disparities in the Kink population • Explore some of the emerging trends in gay and bisexual men’s kinky sexual practices. • Become more culturally aware of kink practices and the language surrounding them. • Explore harm-reduction strategies to maximise pleasure & lessen anxiety. • Practice maintaining a dual focus on pleasure and risk in clinical consultations.

Produced in 2021

Dominic Davies

Psychotherapist & clinical sexologist
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Dominic Davies is Founder and CEO of Pink Therapy. He has worked as a psychotherapist, clinical sexologist and practice consultant for almost 40 years.

Over the years Dominic has received a number of honours and awards for his pioneering work in the field of gender and sexuality. In 2015 he received the Practitioner award from the Sexualities Section of the British Psychological Society. He is the only non-psychologist to ever receive this award.
In 2016 he was made a Fellow of the National Counselling Society and in 2018 Dominic received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Sexual Freedom.
Dominic has also been made a Fellow of the National Council of Psychotherapists. Fellowship is the highest level of membership for these professional bodies.
In 2021 Dominic was named as one of 50 Distinguished Gender and Sexual Health Revolutionaries.
After a 21-year hiatus, he is currently co-editing (with Silva Neves) two more Pink Therapy textbooks aimed at GSRD therapists and Sex & Relationship Therapists in Europe.
He has been referred to as one of the grandparents of Gender, Sex and Relationship Diversity Therapy in the UK and Europe.

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