1st Edition

Sexual Grounding Therapy Context, Theory and Practice

By Geoff Lamb Copyright 2021
    148 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    148 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This important book explores the history of sexuality and the breadth of support available to people experiencing sex and relationship challenges, presenting a model of psychosexual therapy that’s contextualised in the past, present and future and examined within a developmental and relational framework.

    Sexual Grounding Therapy focusses on the work of Willem Poppeliers, who developed his unique approach to sex and relationship issues in the 1990s. Geoff Lamb explores the model’s historical context; offers a comparison with other contemporary approaches, both mainstream and alternative; describes the model and its application in detail; and looks at future directions for this innovative work. While Poppeliers’ approach to psychosexual therapy is radical, Geoff’s book emphasises and goes beyond this, taking a controversial stance on such topics as sexuality and religion, psychotherapy and science, and the position of both psychotherapy and psychosexual therapy in today’s society.

    Sexual Grounding Therapy explores how people’s needs at each stage of their lifelong psychosexual development relate to any current sex and relationship problems they may be experiencing. It will be invaluable, not only to professionals – counsellors, psychotherapists and others whose work involves sex and relationships – but also to readers who are interested in exploring their own self-development and relationships from a historical, social and family perspective.

    Introduction;  Part 1: Exploration;  1. History;  2. Willem Poppeliers – his influences and the origins of Sexual Grounding Therapy;  Part 2: Comparison;  Introduction to Part 2;  3. Mainstream psychotherapy and counselling;  4. Non-mainstream ways of working with sexuality and sexual issues;  Part 3: The SGT model;  Introduction to Part 3;  5. Revelation – the Oedipal stage;  6. Puberty and adolescence;  7. Adolescence to adulthood;  8. Adulthood towards ripening;  9. Ripening;  10. Ageing;  11. Leaving and dying;  12. The application of the model;  13. The organisation and delivery of SGT coursework – the safe container;  Conclusion to Part 3;  Part 4: Future perspective;  14. The present and future of the organisation;  15. The clinical future of SGT;  16. SGT in the world;  17. SGT and science;  18. Ending;  Appendix: Further information and useful links


    Geoff Lamb has been a practising psychotherapist for 35 years. He also practises as a couple and psychosexual therapist. Geoff retired as director of the counselling training institute, Inter-Psyche, in 2017 and, apart from his practice, his spare time is now spent writing/reviewing, choral singing, gardening and spending time with his wife and grown-up family.

    "The title of this book says it all – as individuals, and as a society, there is an urgent need to become grounded in our sexual understanding and expression for the overall health of humanity. Extremely well written and researched, Sexual Grounding Therapy is a valuable resource, especially for therapists and professionals working on the subject of sexuality and its expression in relationships. It clearly establishes the significance of addressing sex in a grounded and direct way." Diana Richardson, author of several books on sex, including the best-seller, The Heart of Tantric Sex