Sexology

Sexology
Sexology is the scientific study of (human) sexuality. Sexuality refers to our whole sexual being and -functioning and the purpose of sexuality is recreation, relation and procreation.  Lemmer 2010Positive SexualityPositive sexual health includes different aspects of overall wellbeing – physical, emotional, spiritual and relational. People with positive sexuality respect themselves as sexual beings, whether or not they are in a sexual relationship. They express themselves sexually in ways that are free of coercion, manipulation, violence and in ways that are constant their values, desires and needs. Positive sexuality can be expressed in differently, depending upon the developmental level and social/cultural context of the individual.Sexual CounsellingSexual energy is powerful and is part of who and what we are. It affects us profoundly in how we do things, affect a person’s mood, thoughts, and general state of being.Sexual therapy and counselling are defined, according to Rosen and Wienstein (1988), as a process that focuses on
Sexual Identity

  • Sexual Identity
  • Relationship issues
  • Gender role development
  • Sex education
  • Self-value
  • Sexual attitudes and believes exploration
  • Discovering sexual self-image

The overall goal of therapeutic interventions in sexuality counseling is to improve and enhance relational and sexual functioning. (Long, Burnett & Thomas, 2006)

Sexual Principles

The PLISSIT model was developed by Jack Annon. The model consists of 4 groups. This model is the best way to describe the principles of sexual counselling
PLISSIT is an acronym for the following:
P: Permission
LI: Limited information
SS: Specific suggestions
IT: Intensive therapy
Permission – helping a client to explore and normalize his/her sexual dreams, fantasies, desires feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, and communicate them freely and in a non-judgmental manner. The major role of permission is to normalize internal sexuality related thoughts and emotions and create guilt-free and shame-free sexual behaviors and experiences. Normalizing in many cases is sufficient to reduce negative connotations and barriers and it helps to produce positive attitudes toward sex issues.Limited information – aims to correct false beliefs, sexual myths and incorrect information, and provides factual knowledge about realistic sexual expressions and behaviors.Specific suggestions – direct interventions which help the client change his/her sexual behaviours and expressions in order to reach desired goals.Intensive therapy – when more complex and in-depth analysis and interventions are needed. Usually it is a combination of cognitive-behavioural techniques and other therapeutic approaches, including psychodynamic therapy, family therapy, PTSD treatment and others.