Sex addiction A relational approach - offered by Become Psychology
26th November 2021

"Sex addiction": A relational approach to assessment, formulation, and intervention

~ Workshop presented by Dr Robert Watson, Clinical Psychologist in Sexual Health & Accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapist & Supervisor.

~ This workshop will be run online until further notice due to Covid-19.

~ Maximum 6 participants. This is a fully interactive training session and you will able to work in pairs in breakout rooms during the day. See "How will the webinar work" below.

Rated excellent or good by all previous participants

Delegate fee £75

~ This workshop is aimed at both qualified and trainee clinical/counselling psychologists, psychiatrists, GUM/HIV specialists, psychosexual therapists, psychotherapists and counsellors who wish to develop their clinical skills in this area of work and/ or deepen their relational understandings of the issues relevant to this client group.

~ On one level, addiction means behaviour that repeats. The core focus of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) is the formulation of repetitive and hard to break patterns in the way people think, act, feel and relate to others, and therefore CAT offers many useful approaches to the relational assessment, formulation and intervention for sex addiction. Making theory practice links throughout, this workshop will draw on the application of relational formulations and interventions to develop participants clinical skills when working with this client group, including how to make therapy interfering behaviours the focus of collaborative exploration. While drawing relational ideas from CAT, this workshop will be accessible to therapists working across different modalities, including CBT therapists and no prior knowledge of CAT is needed.

Coverage will be given to the specific issues to consider when working with distress associated with “Chemsex” in gay men. Participants will have opportunities to apply what they have learnt with pair work during the workshop.

Learning objectives:

1. Provide participants with the key questions to consider during assessment, and show how to notice relational issues from the start.

2. Learn ways to increase client motivation and reduce ambivalence towards change at an early stage.

3. Consider the key aims during formulation and intervention, and consider how to make therapy interfering behaviours the focus of collaborative dialogue.

4. Develop clinical skills for identifying and formulating emotional and relational factors associated with addictive sexual behaviour, and how these can be used to inform interventions.

5. Facilitate reflection on how to start the process of helping your clients develop an enjoyable and affirming relationship with their sexual desire, enabling clients to express their sexual desires in a way that does not limit or harm them.


Robert Watson is a Clinical Psychologist with 20 years’ experience in Sexual Health and has extensive experience in public and private settings working with clients with complex psychological presentations. He is an accredited CAT therapist and supervisor and was the vice-chair of ACAT from 2014 to 2020. He has been working with clients with out of control sexual behaviour, including gay men affected by “Chemsex” problems, since the beginning of his CAT practice. He has published academic articles and presented at ACAT conferences on the issue of Out of Control Sexual Behaviour.

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