Karen Faisandier

Doctor of Clinical Psychology, (Doctor of Clinical Psychology)
Study Completed: 2015
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Effective Intimacy? Evaluating Intimacy Focused Therapy for " Out of Control" Sexual Behaviour

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Research examining effective therapy for out-of-control sexual behaviour is in its infancy. Individuals with out-of-control sexual behaviour have reduced sexual self-control, experience distress and negative consequences from their sexual thoughts, feelings, and behaviour, and commonly struggle with intimacy in relationships. In collaboration with Sex Therapy New Zealand, the outcomes for ten men receiving twelve weeks of intimacy-focused therapy for their out-of-control sexual behaviour were explored. Experimental single-case research design was used to determine the effectiveness of the therapy. There were improvements in their sexual self-control and the distress and negative consequences associated with their sexual behaviour, although the short-term therapy did not improve intimacy for these men.

Associate Professor Joanne Taylor
Mrs Robyn Salisbury
Dr Shane Harvey

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