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Assessment in Sexuality Counseling

Assessment in sexuality counseling

Sex is a natural function. You can’t make it happen, but you can teach people to let it happen.

—William Masters (Brody, 1984)

Including the assessment of sexuality as part of the overall biopsychosocial assessment of clients’ functioning during the intake interview is important for several reasons. First, sexuality is a central component of the human experience that impacts our overall psychological well-being (Barratt & Rand, 2009). Sexual problems may impact and/or be impacted by clients’ presenting issues, and thus, counselors may overlook major symptoms if they do not assess sexual concerns early in therapy. Secondly, as sexuality is a topic that is influenced by cultural norms, many of which serve to diminish and/or limit the experience of sexuality ...

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