Therapy for a sexual disorder > Our therapists are receiving an increasing number of cries for help from women who fear being molested, fondled, sexually attacked or trapped in a sexually abusive relationship. Such is the terror of being raped that sufferers go to great length to avoid the perceived risk, including avoiding being with a man alone at work, not getting into a lift on their own with a male and shunning intimate relationships. The result is they stop socialising, retreating to the safety of their homes. The condition, known as agraphobia *, also affects men who may not feel comfortable around women or are scared of being wrongly accused of a sexual attack; however, men are less likely to seek help.
Of the clients we have spoken to none have actually been attacked or raped, or indeed been in an abusive relationship, so their condition is a morbid fear rather than a reaction to a personal trauma. As such trauma counselling and sex therapy are inappropriate.
So if you are a sufferer what is the treatment? The good news is that though being an agraphobic is not so common as other mental or sexual health disorders, you are not alone and this is just a phobia which can easily be treated. So you should not be afraid or embarrassed to talk about your fears with a medical professional.
The first step is to consult your doctor who may refer you to a psychiatrist or prescribe anti-depressants to help you relax. But keep in mind that drugs can alter your judgment and your mood and they have potential risks which you should be prepared to discuss with your doctor. In addition, we would recommend therapy to either complement or replace medication. Both hypnotherapy and N L P are excellent examples as they look at your lifestyle as a whole with the objective of removing the stress triggers that have caused your phobia.
Footnote > * This phobia is also known as contreltophobia