A person-centred approach to psychosexual therapy: theorizing practice

Irwin, R and Pullen, C (2019) 'A person-centred approach to psychosexual therapy: theorizing practice.' Sexual and Relationship Therapy. ISSN 1468-1994

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There is little explicit referencing of the Person-Centred Approach in the psychosexual therapy literature and clients who experience sexual difficulties seem seldom to be discussed in publications on person-centred therapy. These ‘silences’ might suggest that there is little interest in establishing a greater dialogue between these two therapeutic approaches, yet there is, we would suggest, considerable value in doing so. Drawing on developments in person-centred theory and practice, we outline and extend in this article the ‘theorization of practice’ that has supported the development of a more person-centred approach to time-limited psychosexual therapy. While acknowledging the tensions that exist between the philosophical tenets underpinning the Person-Centred Approach and the practices that constitute psychosexual therapy, we suggest that the experiential therapies of Gendlin and Rennie provide useful meeting points between the Person-Centred Approach and psychosexual therapy. We argue that in addition to facilitating a more idiographic approach to psychosexual therapy, the Person-Centred Approach helps to widen the scope of practice within psychosexual therapy by placing greater emphasis on the promotion of sexual potential.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: psychosexual counselling, psychosomatic, experiential, person-centred theory
Divisions: School of Sciences
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/14681994.2019.1645954
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2019 09:18
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2021 09:52
URI / Page ID: https://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/12485
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