Therapist Creates “Clinical Portrait of Porn Addiction”

Because of serious concerns surrounding client confidentiality and the preservation of trust within the client-therapist relationship, providing the community with details about a particularly interesting or insightful series of therapy sessions can be difficult. In a recently-released series focusing on pornography addiction, however, a therapist has carefully crafted a “clinical portrait” designed to shed light on the concern without violating client confidentiality. In a ten-part series, the therapist details a crafted relationship with a client and discusses his own trials in attempting to improve the quality of life of a person with porn addiction.

© Copyright 2010 by By John Smith, therapist in Bellingham, Washington. All Rights Reserved. Permission to publish granted to GoodTherapy.org.

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  • Carmela L. Gomez

    Carmela L. Gomez

    April 2nd, 2010 at 5:16 AM

    It is good to see professionals respecting the privacy concerns of their clients and more importantly putting in an effort to make sure that the clien’t privacy isn’t compromised…this is what is expected of a true professional.

  • sam

    sam

    April 2nd, 2010 at 8:46 AM

    yes it is good that confidentiality concerns are being addressed, but what about the addiction itself? Is anything more being done to treat these cases other than telling people to become a part of an SA group?

  • pablo

    pablo

    April 2nd, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    its great to see that more awareness on the subject is being spread without actually infriging on the privacy of the client…this should be followed by professionals all over and ensure that the privacy is never breached.

  • Kelli

    Kelli

    April 5th, 2010 at 8:41 AM

    having a hard time with this whole porn addiction thing. . . is this just not some made up excuse from guys who like to watch porn all the time?

  • SteveD

    SteveD

    February 24th, 2011 at 4:24 AM

    Really interesting article, thanks fot the link.

  • charles

    charles

    May 4th, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    Intentionally manipulative “us” lingo between therapist and “oh so likable” client, which is designed to create feelings of discomfort and judgement with subsequent guilt in readers. The goal is to sell product and it is beneath true scholarship.

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