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Nov 2015 by PCI College

Bite-Sized Book Review:Sex Addiction: The Partner's Perspective by Paula Hall.

Eoin Stephens reviews a new book by leading UK Sexual & Relationship Psychotherapist Paula Hall. A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding and Surviving Sex Addiction For Partners and Those Who Want to Help Them.

You wait years for a new book on Sex Addiction, written by an experienced practitioner on this side of the Atlantic, and then three come along at once (well, in the space of just a few years, at any rate…)

Following her own Understanding and Treating Sex Addiction (2012), and Thaddeus Birchard's CBT for Compulsive Sexual Behaviour (2015), Paula Hall has now added another substantial contribution with Sex Addiction: The Partner's Perspective: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding and Surviving Sex Addiction For Partners and Those Who Want to Help Them.

My own therapeutic work with sex addiction has certainly highlighted for me the fact that partners can experience an added level of hurt, trauma, betrayal and shattering of trust when they are faced with this type of addiction. This reality is very clearly addressed in Hall's book, under chapter headings such as:
•    Why sex addiction hurts partners so much
•    Surviving the trauma of discovery
•    Repairing self-identity and self-esteem
•    Rebuilding trust

With novel sexual opportunities now so easily accessible via the internet, this is an increasingly important area of therapeutic work. It is also a complex one, so books such as this are vital and repay detailed and repeated study. It is realistic but hopeful, and the author’s experience as a psychosexual therapist adds a welcome positive dimension to the long-term picture in relation to sexual recovery.
This book will be of benefit both to practitioners and to those who may find themselves in the situations described in the book.

Eoin Stephens, MIACP, MACI (June 2015)
PCI College President

For professionals who wish to learn more about how to deal with Sex Addiction in your professional practice, Eoin Stephens will facilitate the 5 day Professional Certificate in Sex and Pornography commencing Saturday 14th November 2015 at our Dublin West Campus. You can book your place here now.

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