Effective Therapy from Psychologists

online, and central & east London

Sex Addiction CPD Workshops.

Sex Addiction: A relational approach to assessment, formulation, and intervention, and how to engender affirmative sexual desire.  

~ Workshop presented by Dr Robert Watson, Clinical Psychologist in Sexual Health, Accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapist & Supervisor, & Vice-Chair of the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy.

~ Dates of next workshops:

Manchester Workshop.

~ Thursday 7th November 2019. Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, 84 Plymouth Grove, M13 9LW.

~ Early bird £95 until 7th September then £110 (includes lunch).  Book here:


Interactive webinar:

~ Saturday 16th November, online webinar, access from anywhere in the UK.  Book here:


~ Addictive sexual behaviour, including the excessive use of pornography, can be highly distressing and lead to secondary harmful consequences for health, relationships, work and emotional well-being. Nevertheless, a traditional addictions model seems ill suited to the task of helping clients express their sexual desire in ways that enrich rather than diminish their sexual and emotional health. A relational approach offers us many useful ways  of understanding sexually addictive behaviour as an attempt to limit or stop characteristic patterns of relating with self and others that give rise to difficult feelings about self – such as I am a failure, unlovable etc, and the perceived risks of vulnerability, such as the vulnerability of living up to expectations, or to be loved and accepted.

Interventions need to mobilise our client’s resources to aid their understandings of the emotional and relational drivers behind their patterns of sexual behaviour that repeatedly limit or harm them in some way.  These formulations are needed to enable clients to find exits from the patterns that trap them repeatedly.  Interventions also need to empower clients to make new choices in how they connect with and express their sexual desire.

Drawing on clinical material throughout, this workshop covers the principal issues to consider through the stages of assessment, formulation, and intervention. It will highlight the key challenges and pitfalls to avoid during these stages when working with out of control sexual behaviour. Coverage will be given to the specific issues to consider when working with distress associated with “Chemsex” in gay men.


Robert Watson is a Clinical Psychologist with 17 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 is the vice-chair of ACAT. 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.

Learning objectives:

1. Provide participants with the key questions to consider during assessment, including when to decide to incorporate harm minimisation strategies at an early stage to reduce the risks associated with sexually transmitted infections and drug use.

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 how to respond to common challenges in these phases.

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, free of shame, enabling clients to express their sexual desires in a way that does not limit or harm them.