OneInSix Canada

Canada's knowledge centre on male sexual trauma and recovery

Sexual Integrity

Sex can be source of joy and fulfillment, yet almost everyone is raised with ignorance and fear about sex in general, and with shame about their own sexual feelings, interests and desires. As a result, when people feel their sexual behaviour is out of control, it can be a source of problems, shame and pain. Preoccupation with porn or with masturbation, multiple infidelities, sexual risk-taking are some behaviours that lead people to feel that they are out of control. Some refer to this feeling as sex addiction, but the idea that our sexuality can be addictive is an unproven speculation and highly controversial.

In this ten week, process-oriented group counselling program, our focus will not be on ending the behaviour, but on accepting, owning, and taking responsibility for it. Members will examine their relationship with their own sexuality, as way to better understand it, and to gain greater control over sexual behaviour.   Participants will learn skills for relating sexually to others in healthy and appropriate ways, and for taking responsibility for their sexual choices.

Themes this program will explore:

  • Is sex addictive? Claims and reality.
  • Growing up sexual: what you’ve learned about your sexuality
  • Sex and self: what is your personal sexuality?
  • What’s the pay off? What is your sexual behaviour doing for you?
  • Normal? What’s that?
  • The toxic impact of shame.
  • Sexual openness and sexual secret-keeping.
  • Dealing with sexuality as adults.
  • Developing relational awareness: the skills of relationship.
  • Can I have the sex life I want and a relationship too?

Concurrent individual counselling is recommended.

An assessment interview is required before entry into the program. To arrange an assessment, please complete our Enrollment Form.

Our Fees are covered under most private insurance plans.

Contact us for start dates and/or to arrange an assessment interview.