1st Edition

Sexual Grounding Therapy
Context, Theory and Practice

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ISBN 9780367862572
May 17, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
160 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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 current sex and relationship problems. 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.

Table of Contents


Part 1. Exploration

Chapter 1. History

Chapter 2. Willem Poppeliers – his influences and the origins of Sexual Grounding Therapy

Part 2. Comparison


Chapter 3. Mainstream Psychotherapy and Counselling

Chapter 4. Non-mainstream ways of working with sexuality and sexual issues

Part 3. The SGT Model


Chapter 5. Revelation – The Oedipal Stage

Chapter 6. Puberty and Adolescence

Chapter 7. Adolescence to Adulthood

Chapter 8. Adulthood Towards Ripening

Chapter 9. Ripening

Chapter 10. Ageing

Chapter 11. Leaving and Dying

Conclusion to the Stages

Chapter 12. The Application of the Model

Chapter 13. The Organisation and Delivery of SGT Coursework – The Safe Container

Conclusion to Part 3

Part 4. Future Perspective

Chapter 14. The Present and Future of the Organisation

Chapter 15. The Clinical Future of SGT

Chapter 16. SGT in the World

Chapter 17. SGT and Science

Chapter 18. Ending

Appendix 1

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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 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, it 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