Group analytic therapy for compulsive users of internet pornography

Woods, John (2013) Group analytic therapy for compulsive users of internet pornography. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 27 (4). pp. 306-318. ISSN 0266-8734

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Increasing numbers of patients presenting problems with internet pornography have led to changes in the culture and practice of group analytic therapy at the Portman Clinic. The addictive element of this new form of artificial, sexual stimulation has to be recognised as part of the harm it produces. Group members spontaneously develop some of the principles and practice of established methods of addiction treatment, especially the 12-step programme, by helping each other manage their compulsion. This self-help function of the group coexists alongside the psychodynamic perspective, in which the meaning of harmful sexual behaviour is explored and understood. Certain individuals are more vulnerable to excessive use of pornography because of early developmental problems and current difficulties in their sexual relationships, resulting from internal conflicts about their sexuality. The group provides intimacy without sexualisation, primarily through a sibling transference. The therapist embodies an ability to think about the complexity of the sexual abuse that the pornography portrays. He or she works towards a truer perception of reality for group members, in which the false solutions of compulsive sexual behaviour are seen to be what they are: impediments to healthy development.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online: 15 Nov 2013
Uncontrolled Keywords: Group Psychotherapy, Internet Pornography, Sex Addiction, Perversion, Psychodynamic Model
Subjects: Criminology > Forensic Psychotherapy
Department/People: Adult and Forensic Services

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