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May 2014 by PCI College

Bite-Sized Book Review - 'Facing the Shadow' by Patrick Carnes

'Facing the Shadow: Starting Sexual and Relationship Recovery' by Patrick Carnes PhD is reviewed this week by Eoin Stephens, PCI College President

'Facing the Shadow: Starting Sexual and Relationship Recovery' This valuable book on sexual addiction and recovery has unfortunately been out of print for a while, but is due to be republished in July, and is now available for pre-order. Having been involved in the development of addiction treatment in the USA for many years, Carnes' thinking is a blend of influences from 12-Step programmes, CBT, and relevant neurobiological findings. He has a deep understanding of the nature of Addictive Behaviours, and his key contribution to the field may be his description of the Sexual Addiction Cycle, where Preoccupation leads to Ritualisation, which leads to addictive Acting Out behaviours; the Pain arising from this acting out can then be numbed by further Preoccupation, which closes the self-perpetuating cycle.

It is becoming increasingly important for counsellors and psychotherapists to educate themselves about the issue of Sexual Addiction. Modern society provides a huge range of options for artificially enhanced, relatively impersonal sexual stimulation, and in our counselling practices we are more frequently meeting clients who may be addicted in some of these areas. Perhaps the main strength of this book is that it can be useful to both therapist and client alike.

Eoin Stephens, PCI College President (May 2014)

Eoin is the programme leader of the Professional Certificate in Sex and Pornography Addiction

What our Students Say

"This course highlighted and revisited some of the areas I have covered before - it has given me the confidence to start actively looking at creative play again...a real breath of fresh air for practical, back to basics ways of working with children & after-all play is child's work."
Sarah-Jane Conneff - Child & Adolescent Counselling Taster Day

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“My experience with PCI was the best decision in my life, I would rate PCI 10. I'm not saying it was easy, especially starting a new career at the age of 50, but I got through with a lot of hard work and dedication. Liam McCarthy and Josephine Murphy were an inspiration and all the other Tutors I had during the four years. Since I got my Degree I have been so busy counselling, only last week I was offered another new job, its amazing. Next year I will be 70 and hopefully the work will continue.”
Rita Lett BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy Graduate
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