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Working with Sexual Grief and Loss: Video Course

Working with Sexual Grief and Loss: Video Course

As therapists, we understand that grief is an emotional human response to any loss. However, many clients find it difficult to open up about being overwhelmed with grief. When grief encompasses sexual grief, it creates a twin taboo. As clients can feel stigmatized discussing both sexuality and grief, there can be a strong undercurrent of shame and guilt and an inability to open up about it in the therapeutic space.

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Course Credits

CPD: 3 / CE: 3

Speaker(s)

Cate Campbell

Course length in hours

3 hrs of video content

Full course information

Sexual grief occurs when people are robbed of their sexuality as a result of trauma. The underlying causes can range from the obvious, such as sexual assault, to more subtle interpersonal trauma, such as being brought up with intrusive guilt-tripping parents, inappropriate sexual grooming, living with someone critical, ridicule after an initial sexual experience and/or the loss of a sexual partner. Often, the way someone is treated following any loss or trauma can also lead to a shutdown of their ability to express sexuality, as the person’s trust and sense of wellbeing is damaged. Consequently, it is crucial that we as therapists reflect upon the close interplay between grief and sexuality experienced by our clients.

The way individuals adapt to manage their sexual grief may offer short-term relief but create further problems for their sense of identity, mental health and relationships. For many of those affected, their bodies carry the burden of their loss so they may come to therapy with clinical manifestations including unexplained or chronic illnesses, loss of sexual desire, and / or an inability to tune in to their body. Such unacknowledged sexual grief affects many of our individual and couple clients who may fail to progress in therapy or relapse if their therapist
fails to address this sensitive interconnection and help clients understand that this is the way bodies grieve.

At this therapeutically oriented webinar, Cate Campbell, the acclaimed author of The Relate Guide to Sex and Intimacy, explores grief through the lens of sexual and somatic therapy. In discussing this common but devastating therapeutic challenge, she focuses particularly on:

  • recognition of presenting issues which may reflect someone struggling with sexual grief
  • how we can identify and address the exacerbating influence of societal and cultural attitudes and beliefs
  • ways to treat sexual grief and recognise when to refer for more specialist therapy
  • recognising and acknowledging clients’ grieving patterns and bodily / emotional responses
  • helping them make time for the grieving process outside their timetables and agendas
  • acknowledging how treatment for sexual dysfunctions and grief may need to happen concurrently
  • and overall, how we can help our clients reconnect with the sexual and joyful parts of themselves

The basics of treating sexual grief will be outlined, including how to reconnect someone with their body through sensorimotor activities, as well as how to develop strategies to manage their sexual grief and its consequences. While normalising sexual grief is important, most of those affected are likely to benefit from targeted trauma treatments, including parts work and EMDR, so it will be explained how familiarity with these is helpful in terms of assessing for referral and explaining their value to clients.

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What you’ll learn

The basics of treating sexual grief will be outlined, including how to reconnect someone with their body through sensorimotor activities, as well as how to develop strategies to manage their sexual grief and its consequences. While normalising sexual grief is important, most of those affected are likely to benefit from targeted trauma treatments, including parts work and EMDR, so it will be explained how familiarity with these is helpful in terms of assessing for referral and explaining their value to clients.

Learning objectives

  • Discuss the presenting issues which may reflect someone struggling with sexual grief
  • Identify and address the exacerbating influence of societal and cultural attitudes and beliefs
  • Explain how we can help our clients reconnect with the sexual and joyful parts of themselves

About the speaker(s)

Cate Campbell is a psychotherapist specialising in trauma, sex and relationship therapies. Accredited with the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists, EMDR Europe and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, she has written and delivered long therapy training courses and CPD for many years and is a supervisor as well as a practitioner. She co-presents The Real Sex Education podcast and is the author of Sex Therapy: The Basics, Contemporary Sex Therapy, Love and Sex in A New Relationship and The Relate Guide to Sex and Intimacy.

nscience UK is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. nscience UK maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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