Embracing darkness: Clinical work with adolescents and young adults addicted to sexual enactments

Nathanson, Ariel (2021) Embracing darkness: Clinical work with adolescents and young adults addicted to sexual enactments. In: From Trauma to Harming Others: Therapeutic Work with Delinquent, Violent and Sexually Harmful Children and Young People. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 138-153. ISBN 978-0367415570

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This chapter describes common themes and transitions in the treatment of adolescents and young adults presenting as addicted to sexual enactments. It follows the therapeutic process with patients seen in either group or individual long-term psychotherapy. The chapter follows a pathway of change and transformation, which when successful enables patients to reduce or cease addictive behaviours by coming in contact with a good object, enabling both emotional pain and the experience of potency and hope. Becoming mindful of the button increases patients’ awareness of other ritualistic aspects in their relationships to themselves and others. When patients become less addicted to the activities that symbolically and concretely maintain the mystical union with the bad object, they start to develop a sense of separateness.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Also available: Journal of Child Psychotherapy (2016), 42 (3). pp. 272-284. ISSN 0075-417X
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Adolescents - Psychotherapy
Criminology > Forensic Psychotherapy
Disabilities & Disorders (mental & physical) > Behaviour Disorders
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
URI: https://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/2528

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