Expanding the Practice of Sex Therapy: An Integrative Model for Exploring Desire and Intimacy
Gina Ogen, PhD
Routledge: New York and London, 2013, 204 pages.
Paper back, 21.11[pound sterling] or $32.25, Kindle, 17.94[pound sterling] or $18.33
This book provided a unique and integrative means of discussing sexual issues in a creative and insightful manner. The book's focus is upon the ISIS Wheel of Sexual Experience, a template which recognises the full range of sexual needs, behaviours and issues via a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual perspective. This understanding was based upon the analysis of an ISIS survey consisting of 3,810 respondents, aged between 18 to 86 years, throughout the United States. As noted by Ogden, "No such model existed in sexology" (p. 16).
Gina Ogden is a sex therapist and researcher who provides supervision for professionals specialised in human sexuality and conducts ISIS retreats and training in the United States and Mexico.
The text is applicable to any individual or couple who wish to expand their sexual awareness irrespective of culture, ethnicity and sexuality. Importantly, the book encourages clinicians to shift their clinical understanding from an arguably quantitative mind set towards a qualitative modus operandi. Indeed, it provides a comprehensive understanding of the clients' concerns, needs and wishes from a multidimensional perspective.
The book provides an insightful means of aiding clinicians work more efficiently and intuitively with their clients, potentially enhancing the clinicians' own personal awareness and skills. For the more theoretical minded, understanding some of the recommended imagery and reference to spirituality may prove challenging. However, the book offers a foundation, a guide for individuals to utilise their own examples and means of understanding their own sexuality.
The book is clearly outlined and well structured. It is comprised of four sections: part 1, "The Research"; part 2, "The ISIS Wheel: A Guide to the Quadrants"; part 3, "The ISIS Practise: A Guide to Clinical Use" and part 4, "Training and Integration". The latter is followed by concluding comments, the author's appreciations and references. The overall text has been complimented by case vignettes, clear illustrations and examples of the ISIS wheel.
In part one, details of the survey are provided whereby the author introduces the reader to the ISIS wheel of Sexual Experience. The acronym, ISIS, derived from...