Workshop for Woman partners of sex addicts Saturday 15 June 2013 10.30am to 12noon
3rd Floor, Trelawny House, Surrey Street, Bristol Bs2 8PS Gary McFarlane 0786 609 7247 £30
Highly confidential – for women partners ONLY of sex addicts Pre-registration is essential for admission.
Partner or wife of a Judge, a solicitor, a Barrister, an Accountant, a teacher, an IT Consultant, a utilities operator, a facilities manager, a HR Personnel, a company Director, an Actor. Whichever of these male personnel to whom you are in relationship with, sex addiction can have its tentacles into your relationship with them and leave you carrying a very heavy burden, with few people there for you to talk to about this world which has taken a toll on your relationship and continues to undermine it.
Will it ever get better? Can he really stop the behaviours? Will I ever be able to trust him again? How do I know the children are safe? How do I compete with that stuff? Was it my fault or did I contribute? Was I not enough or good enough? How could I have been so stupid? How is it that I did not heed the signs that I now look back on and can see them?
What do I do now? Do I really believe there is such a thing as sex addiction? Isn’t it just greed for more sex? What a nightmare? Where can I turn for help? What if people find out? How can I bear to carry this on my own? What about the children?
I am scared to join some form of women’s group. Their problems are not like mine. What if it gets out. My husband won’t agree to me attending a group. He is getting his help, but I have to hold on in there and not tell anyone in case.
It’s just not right. It’s just not fair. This is my life. He has ruined it. What am I going to do?
Gary McFarlane, is a Mediator, Relationship Counsellor, sex therapist, sex Addiction therapist & love Addiction therapist.
A past career as a Solicitor of some 25 years equips him well with the dynamics of understanding and balancing confidentiality at a high level, with discretion, tact and discipline.
Women partners of sex addicts are frequently overlooked when it comes to treatment regimes – which typically focus on the man. Here is an introductory, highly confidential workshop for women ONLY to consider just some of the issues raised about – if you are able to put some trust in this facility which is there for you to get the help you need.
Call me for a chat.
Why group? You will face the strongest of resistance about getting involved. Many women will, however, testify to the fact that joining a group was the best outcome for their recovery. Why? The relief that other progressive, “got it all together women” are similarly affected! There is immediate shame reduction when you see normal, every day women facing the very same issues. Remember “Shame” is the base for keeping the men’s addiction firmly in place and shame will similarly keep you from the group.
Graduation of first cohort of sex addiction treatment specialists
The treatment of sex addiction has been given a boost by the graduation of nine students from what is the first comprehensive eight months training course in sex addiction. The course is the brainchild of Dr Thaddeus Birchard, Chairperson of the Association of Sex Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity.
He is also the Clinical Director of the Marylebone Centre in central London where he has pioneered the UK’s first sex addiction treatment programme for men and women over the last 10 years. Having achieved this long time ambition, the Association is looking forward to admitting students as the second cohort.
Dr Birchard said of the students “they have demonstrated an exceptionally high level of competency and professionalism, which is an endorsement of their existing practices in the field of Relationship & Sex therapy”.
He reflects on the fact that “The completion of the course by this first cohort creates a pool of highly trained experts in the field of sex and love addiction from which the public will have increased availability as they practice in different regions of the country”.
Gary McFarlane is one of those graduates who treats clients face to face and via Skype throughout the country. He endorses the course and says that “it is hard to belief that we are the first cohort in the country to have undergone such comprehensive training in the cutting edge thoughts and practice of sex addiction treatment and we benefitted from the USA experience and from some highly committed, competent and specialist trainers such as Paula Hall and Joy Rosendale. They ensure that we develop treatment regimes which also provide support for partners of addicts”.
Speaking of the partners of addicts, Gary explains that they are mostly women and can be easily ignored and all attention focuses on the addict. He plans to develop a partner’s support group.
Gary is holding a symposium to facilitate information exchange for those involved with sex and love addicts in the southwest on Saturday morning of 14 May 2011 between 9.30 to 11.30am. He can be contacted on 0786 609 7247 and www.garymcfarlane.com.
Notes to editor
Sex addiction is a pattern of sexual behaviour that brings with it harmful consequences, but is repetitious and ultimately unfulfilling. It feels out of control, preoccupying and is normally used to anaesthetise negative feeling states. It is defined not by ‘what you do’ but ‘why you do it’. Underpinning it is “Shame” .
Tiger Woods, Michael Douglas, Russell Brand and David Duchoyny are some of the celebs attributed by the media as having expressions of sex addiction. The suffering partners remain in the shadows. Little is yet said of the celebs who suffer from Love addiction and who are mostly women. The gender split has something to do with preferences for romantic stimuli of verbal and written communication which comes from romance – expressed in the use of the social networks or the mostly male preference for visual internet porn images and cybersex relationships.
The American Psychiatric Association is presently deliberating on whether to include sex addiction as a defined and classified mental health condition for medics worldwide. That will no doubt give an air of legitimacy to a condition that plagues the lives of many peoples at an increasing rate since the advent of the internet.
Gary McFarlane was a solicitor for some 22 years and is aware that sex addiction is a significant problem within the various professions. Stress and anxiety are traits which feed the propensity towards sex addiction. He is all too aware that confidentiality issues are so crucial that it determines whether or not such professionals and others seek the help which they need.
Contact: Gary McFarlane BA, LLM
Gary is a Relate trained and experienced Relationship counsellor, Mediator and undertakes Sex Therapy & Sex Addiction treatment all of which are undertaken by Skype, telephone and face to face with clients from all parts of the country. He is also a member of BACP and the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity.
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Tel: 0786 609 7247
Partners information pack
Female partners of Sex Addicts – receive your “Partner’s information pack” by sending to me a request by email.
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