October 17, 2019

605 - New Perspectives on Porn

Its Uses and Misuses

True or false: porn desensitizes people to genuine intimacy? Or wait: is porn use a normal, healthy expression of human sexuality? Although porn is a confusing and polarizing topic that can easily trigger therapists’ negative countertransference, Americans visit more porn sites each month than they do Amazon, Netflix, and Twitter combined. Critics say that this just goes to show we’re living in a “porn-addicted” society, but it’s a “porn-phobic” one as well. Regardless, therapists are on the front lines of addressing the effects of porn on self-regulation and relationships. You’ll discover: 

  • How to assess when porn is a problem in relationships—and when it’s not—and avoid therapeutic potholes in the process 
  • A CBT-based program for helping clients regulate their relationship to porn when it’s problematic 
  • How to explore a client’s self-diagnosis of “porn addict” 
  • A review of “ethical porn” and how it can be used to help with a range of common sexual problems 

Ian Kerner, PhD, LMFT, is a sex therapist and NYT bestselling author of numerous books, including She Comes First. He writes for CNN and teaches and supervises at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in NYC. 

Note: This workshop is live.

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