What Counselors Need To Know About Male Sexuality

I just finished listening to a webcast by Esther Perel, author of “Mating in Captivity”, and I’d like to share some of what I have learned. As a sex therapist, I have always believed sexuality to be a very important component of life, especially in relationships, but some of what I learned today from Ms. Perel really surprised me.
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Exposure Therapy for OCD

OCD, or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, is defined as obsessional thoughts that create distress and anxiety, which is then relieved by a compulsion. The person must do the compulsion in order to relieve the stress from the obsession. Obsessive thoughts and their accompanying compulsions vary. Common obsessions are fear of germs, but people also suffer from obsessional thoughts about hurting people, or about following religious edicts. For example, someone might feel compelled (the obsessional thought) to search for all sharp objects in a road (the compulsion) to prevent harm to people because they feel it is their moral obligation to do so (religious edict). Regardless of the type of obsession or compulsion, OCD is best treated by exposure therapy.
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