SEXUAL COUNSELING by Eugene Kennedy

SEXUAL COUNSELING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

For ""para-professionals"" who find themselves stuck with the business of counseling the sexually troubled. The problem is, of course, that para-professionals shouldn't be counseling sexually troubled people in the first place. Particularly not after having used this timid tome as a primer. The chapter on Marital Infidelity consists mainly of a discussion of whether or not the original partner should be told, which surely can't be the most important facet of that gigantic problem (the conclusion of this author is ""not told,"" by the way). In another chapter on Transference in Sex Therapy, the counselor is advised to transfer the patient to another counselor as fast as possible. Again, that isn't the point. Such basic statements as ""Physical symptoms that interfere with normal sexual functioning strongly suggest the possibilities of internal conflict about sex"" point up the enormous gap that exists between the trained therapist and the para-professional. Regardless of Kennedy's intent or affiliation (he is professor of psychology at Loyola), this is a book that might be seriously damaging to the recipient of any counseling that resulted from it.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1977
Publisher: Seabury