Sexuality's Effects On Psyche

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Sexuality’s Effects on the Psyche
Sexuality is defined as the capacity for sexual feelings relate to a person’s sexual orientation, sexual preference and sexual behavior. In many therapy sessions, clients don’t know how to talk about sexuality and the issues that surround it. Society’s view on sexuality it has made talking about sex awkward and embarrassing, leaving many unable to cope with sexual issues when they arise. But sexuality is a vital part a person’s health, and if these issues are not resolved the patient will not be able to live a flourishing life. Both therapists and patients can feel uncomfortable when talking about sexuality. Therapists struggle with what sexual issues are, who should talk to the patient about it, what is
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The P-LI-SS-IT model has four stages: permission, limited information, specific suggestions and intensive therapy. The first stage permission happens normally after a few sessions when the therapists conducts an interview that determines the sexual orientation, sexual activity , the number of partners and the clients relationship status. After the interview the therapist should ask permission to discuss issues regarding sexuality and give the client permission to bring these issues up. The next stage is limited information, this is the step where the client talks about the possible complications they have encountered before. Next, the client will identify specific issues concerning their sexuality in the specific suggestions step. Lastly, the therapist should assess whether the client is in need for a more intensive therapy and if so, should be referred to a specialist or someone more equipped to handle the client’s…show more content…
This group of lesbians, gays and bisexuals identified as a group as LGB. This group of people has faced a significant amount of stressors as a result of being stigmatized as a group (Savin-Williams 1994). A therapist can intervene and help a patient cope with the stressors that accompany their stigmatized sexual orientation. Sexuality stress is a term that exists in many forms but occurs when an individual experiences anxiety surrounding their sexual identity (Meyer 1995). There is a significant amount of research demonstrating a link between sexuality stress and emotional stress among LGB commnity, and thus causing this group of individuals to have an increased risk for mental health problems, including depression, substance abuse and suicidal thoughts (Almeida et al. 2009). Sexual stress affects young gay and bi-sexual men significantly, in which they experience a greater amount of victimization and rejection compared to their female counterparts, lesbian and bisexual women (D’Augelli 2002). This finding makes it very apparent that sexual orientation can lead to cause an increased risk for depression and other psychological issues. Consequently therapists should take into account a client’s sexual orientation to
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