Private Counselling For Female Sex Addiction: Sydney and Online
Female sex addiction is rarely spoken about, and therefore sex addicted women are less likely to identify their problem and often fail to seek help. A common belief classifies sex addiction as a predominant male problem. In reality, women of any age or social standing, any sexual orientation, culture, or ethnic background, can become caught up in the cycle of sexual addiction.
ABOUT HEALTHY FEMALE SEXUALITY
Female sexuality has been historically controversial. In western culture and not so long ago, at the beginning of last century, women were believed to not having sexual desire. A common expectation had associated female sexual fulfilment exclusively with relationship attachment.
Women, past and present, who are passing through a phase of conscious sexual and personal development and freely experimenting with their sexuality, are not sex addicts. These women simply learn to embrace their sexuality by getting in touch with their own sexual and sensual bodies. This is a natural integration process of healthy sexual spirituality.
WHAT IS FEMALE SEX ADDICTION DISORDER?
Female sex addiction disorder is characterised by compulsive escalations of sexual acts and fantasies, and by escalations of sexual obsession and intensity, to an expense of a progressive emotional intimacy erosion.
There is no biological evidence of abnormal high sex drives in women, suffering from sex addiction. Rather, and as common in sexual addictive disorder, female sex addicts unconsciously rely on the neurological and biochemical benefits from acting out sex. High levels of neurotransmitters, released during sex, enable emotional self-regulation of underlying moods and trauma.
As common in sexual addiction, female sex addicts use sex without any, or diminished, emotional attachment. Sexual partners are used as mere sexual objects.
The term ‘sex addict’ describes a person who is unable to stop, or permanently abstain, from their sexual compulsions, despite being fully aware of danger and negative consequences their behaviours may incur. Female sexual addiction can be identified where sex has become the defining order in her life, where sex is overriding her needs for personal safety, and where sex is interfering with her ability to prioritising other vital aspects of her private, maternal, marital, social, financial, or professional life.
Female sex addiction is often confused with love addiction. Love addicts are not addicted to sex, and can be male or female. For further information on love addiction please see over to our designated page Love Addiction.
FEMALE SEXUAL ADDICTION SYMPTOMS
Female sex addiction symptoms and behaviours can find expression in multiple forms, and may, but not exclusively, be motivated by power. Behaviours may include forms of compulsive masturbation and auto erotica, online sex, seduction, affairs, multiple partners, sex with strangers, sex in dangerous places, role-play, pain/sensation/power exchange, exhibitionism, swinging, trading sex, or consuming, producing, acting commercial or amateur pornography.
As common in addiction, lasting satisfaction can never be achieved, and cravings return. Moderate to serious mood swings may become noticeable, and may peak in intense frustration or violent anger, when sex is unattainable. (related to SRD or Sexual Rage Disorder). Sex addiction is a brain disorder of acquired ‘faulty wiring’ in the pleasure reward circuitry in the meso-limbic brain region. Here, the brain has addicted to its own need for exaggerated dopamine and endorphin highs, when triggered by sexual fantasy, or opportunity to act out sex. Please read further information on our designated pages Sexual Addiction and Sex Addiction Research and Information.
PORNOGRAPHY AND FEMALE SEX ADDICTION
In recent years, an estimated 3% of female sex addicts are represented in US sex and pornography addiction statistics compared to an estimated 8% of sexally addicted males. With a growing acceptance of Internet pornography and easy access, more women may be at risk to addict to pornography.
COUNSELLING FOR FEMALE SEX ADDICTION
Do you have concerns about a personal sexual addiction? You may want to book a discreet and confidential appointment with our clinical sex therapist and professional counsellor Heide in her Sydney office or online, or call Heide (+61) 02 9380 4486 during AEST office hours, or email firstname.lastname@example.org