Treating Compulsive Sexual Behaviours with EMDR


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Saturday 14th May 2022

Compulsive sexual behaviour is a widely misunderstood presentation and one that provokes much debate in the field of psychology and psychotherapy between the clinicians who believe it is an addiction and those who do not. Yet, many people struggle with sexual compulsivity, and they also struggle with inadequate treatments offered to them.
This one-day training will offer the specific evidence-based knowledge clinicians need to know about compulsive sexual behaviours, in line with the ICD-11 diagnostic criteria, so that appropriate clinical formulations can be made for each client. Delegates will have an opportunity to think critically about this condition and why it is different from ‘sex addiction’. Most importantly, this training will focus on the ethical principles of working with compulsive sexual behaviours, and how to make an in-depth assessment in order to avoid harming clients, and how to use diverse EMDR protocols appropriately and safely.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding the specificities of compulsive sexual behaviours.
  2. How to make an assessment, including helping clients explore their sexual themes.
  3. How to develop clients’ erotic awareness as a means to reduce shame.
  4. Understanding the various underlying causes of sexual compulsivity.
  5. How to treat the underlying causes effectively and ethically using various EMDR protocols.

Silva Neves is a COSRT-accredited and UKCP-registered psychosexual and relationship psychotherapist, and a trauma psychotherapist. He is a Pink Therapy Clinical Associate. Silva works in his Central London private practice and online. He sees individuals and couples presenting with a wide range of sex and relationship issues. Silva specialises in working with sexual trauma and compulsive sexual behaviours. He speaks internationally on sex, relationships, LGBTQ+ topics , and trauma.

Silva is a COSRT-accredited clinical supervisor. He is a Course Director for CICS (Contemporary Institute of Clinical Sexology). He is a member of the editorial board for the leading international journal Sex and Relationship Therapy.

Silva is the author of Compulsive Sexual Behaviours, A Psycho-Sexual Treatment Guide for Clinicians (Routledge, 2021).


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CPD Credits: For EMDR Association UK Members: 6 CPD points have been awarded for this event