Expanding the Practice of Sex Therapy is directed at mental health professionals, specifically sex therapists, and I really enjoyed reading a book that focused on clinicians. Asexuality is an identity held by individuals who have low to no sexual desire or drive which can often be mistaken for hypoactive sexual desire disorder. Every sexuality educator, sex therapist, and lover will want to read this new offering. This new edition is a treasure, offering scientific relevance to the experiential world Ogden presents so well. The text is organized into five practice-oriented sections that introduce the 4-D Wheel; show you how you can use it with individuals, couples, and groups; and encourage you to explore it on your own. Indeed, it provides a comprehensive understanding of the clients' concerns, needs and wishes from a multidimensional perspective.
For the more theoretical minded, understanding some of the recommended imagery and reference to spirituality may prove challenging. It is an essential read for clinicians working in the areas of sexology, counselling, psychology and psychiatry. Ogden should be commended for bringing attention to this important part of our humanity and addressing it with compassion, curiosity, hope, and an appreciation for diversity. Gina Ogden brings her magic to print. However, the book offers a foundation, a guide for individuals to utilise their own examples and means of understanding their own sexuality. Gina Ogden incorporates sexual science and brain research into her approach with Neuro Updates that clearly inform readers about the latest research. Gina Ogden is a master therapist, supervisor, researcher, teacher, and author with four decades of helping clients and training health professionals.
She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts www. Odgen has spent her career exploring the many dimensions of sexuality, sexual relating and sex therapy. Importantly, the book encourages clinicians to shift their clinical understanding from an arguably quantitative mind set towards a qualitative modus operandi. The first edition of Expanding is never more than an arm's length away from me, and I have used her 4-D Model with individuals and couples since its inception. I think the title speaks for itself in that it offers therapists an alternative to talk-therapy.
Since the book is aimed at those already practising in the field, it succinctly acknowledges and addresses some of the main issues, for example, countertransference and other presenting ethical considerations. This book offers new thinking, wisdom, practical support and a sense of energy that is both appealing and compelling. The case illustrations provide insight and inspiration. It is refreshing to read the new Neuro Updates, which are beautifully integrated into messages for therapist and client. Gina Odgen has taken her highly acclaimed masterpiece, Expanding the Practice of Sex Therapy, even further in this second edition. It is rich, thoughtful, and oh so useful for all therapists.
Gina is a genius, one whose contributions will go down in history --just like Kinsey, Masters and Johnson or Whipple--for her insightful and integrative approach to sexual healing and thanks to her uplifting the truth about the essential spiritual dimensions of being a sexual human. Her methods are effective and profound and produce measurable changes in the lives and the brains of clients who enter and explore the 4-Dimensional Wheel of Sexual Experience. Ogden offers new alternatives to therapists utilizing a model that is focused on helping clients find empowerment and a path to self-discovery. In this regard, it focuses on narrative and is focused on the client as a person and their sexual health as something much more than an absence or presence of dysfunction. Juhasz and Sonnenshein-Schneider 1980 proposed a model for sexual decision-making with three distinct factors socialization influences, factors germane to the situation, and cognitive factors. When working with clients using the 4-D method I often feel as if I am in the presence of a miracle as I watch them experience themselves in entirely new ways, access resources that were previously hidden to them, heal long standing wounds and change the way they experience past events in their story line.
This movement allows for the embodiment of the therapeutic experience and an opportunity for re-wiring the brain. This book is a must-have for every therapist. Ogden has made very complex ideas very simple and accessible to both client and therapist. Patti Britton Sex Therapy pioneer Dr. The purpose of this article is to integrate the use of technology positively within the Intersystems approach for the treatment of sexual dysfunction. I am immediately adding it to my recommendation list.
She brings scientific language into her exercises to give a frame to the shifts that happen as a result of the 'magic' of the 4-D Wheel approach, integrates her almost mystical ability to impact her students and clients, and guides us out of old myths and models of health care into more dynamic modes of change. This edition integrates insights and exercises from cognitive neuroscience, expanding her 4-Dimensional Wheel approach to sex therapy and making it even more highly recommended for clinicians. In this training, you will experience the 4-D Wheel of Sexual Experience, an innovative model which brings emotional and spiritual consciousness to the practice of sex therapy. Expanding the Practice of Sex Therapy looks beyond behavioral treatments, pharmaceutical interventions, and performance goals to a comprehensive picture of what your clients want and need when they enter sex therapy, and offers creative ways to engage your clients in their own therapeutic process, whether or not you are trained as a sex therapist. Well-written and easy to follow, Ogden helps the reader to create a new way of doing therapy--with explanation about the theory behind her work, basic techniques and case-examples.
The overwhelming and multidimensional responses to sexual experiences, obtained from the survey, included a very powerful means of highlighting the importance of questioning and in the understanding that sex is more than just physical exchanges. The exercises and stories are brilliant. New York and London: Routledge, 2013. This is a critical inclusion as it encourages clinicians to avoid being pre-assumptive regarding the relationship between age and sexual behaviour. She outlines this path to healing in detail, providing tools and methodology for clinicians who can immediately help their clients break through the binding labels of dysfunction into connection and pleasure.