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Counsellors can sometimes feel ill-equipped to engage with clients in this area, owing to a lack of training or their own unclear feelings around sex. This can inadvertently undermine clients feeling safe to openly discuss sexual concerns. The workshop addresses this and will encourage participants to explore how their own attitudes may impact a Person-Centred therapeutic relationship.
There can be many variations of this theme, so some clarification is offered below:
In counselling training, we are encouraged to examine our views and to raise our self-awareness around all manner of issues, such as loss, race, disability, difference and diversity, so as to be effective therapists. Much of sexual training focuses on sexuality and GLBT, and sexual abuse, while more general feelings about the act of sex itself is often neglected. This can leave counsellors less equipped to engage comfortably with client concerns, e.g. owing to personal embarrassment or shame, such that a client might then feel unsafe to openly discuss sexual apprehensions in their relationship or anxiety about having sex, not liking it, wanting it too much, being influenced by pornography, to name but a few areas of potential worry.
The presentation is thus intended to address theses issues by an examination of societies' views of sex, our own feelings about it, and finally we will link these to how all of this may subtly impact our client work.