The Complex Relationship Men Develop With Pornography: Sexual Enactments as Symptomatic

May 27, 2016

Presented by Jonathan Damiana, M.S.

Please join us for a very informative presentation, connect with professional associates and earn an hour of CE credit!

With the prevalence and accessibility of sexually explicit material on the Internet, individuals and couples have been confronted with an increase of challenges to relationships. However, it seems that these challenges are not new challenges; they are merely taking on a new form as men and women have struggled with intimacy and attachment long before the advent of the Internet.

How does one know whether or not his relationship with sexually explicit material and sexual enactments has become problematic?

How does viewing sexually explicit material affect a person's ability to attach and become intimate with another?

What function does viewing sexually explicit material serve the individual? Why is it easier to act out compulsively than to enter into a secure attachment bond with a partner?

Should this behavior be labeled an addiction, obsessive compulsive behavior, or an indicator of deeper distress?

Jonathan Damiana, M.S., will be presenting varying perspectives on the topic of internet pornography: how it affects the brain, how to identify problematic behavior, and how to work clinically with individuals who feel that their use of sexually explicit material is compromises their integrity and/or relationships.

The primary focus of discussion will be what contemporary psychoanalytic perspectives call the antidotal function as it relates to the use of sexually explicit material, how it affects attachment bonds and intimacy, and why some men are hesitant to confront the function of this specific behavior.

About Jonathan:
Jonathan completed his M.A. in Theology and M.S. in Marital and Family Therapy at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Since 2013,

Jonathan has worked in a clinical setting at La Vie Counseling Center working primarily with young men and couples under the supervision of Leonore Sullivan  Cash, MFT38052.

Jonathan's areas of clinical interest include shame and guilt as
they relate to sexual compulsions, male sexuality, identity formation in young adults, conflicted couples, and premarital counseling. Jonathan works primarily from an intersubjective model of treatment when working with individuals and an attachment based model of treatment (EFT) when working with couples. 

We look forward to seeing you Friday, May 27th!

Program Costs:
Members: $15
Non-Members: $20
Students with I.D: $10

2 PDH / CEU Credits for CEAP,  LCSW, MFT

RSVP:  If you would like to RSVP to this meeting, please CLICK HERE or call (818) 759-9999. Space is limited.

Friday, May 27th
8:30 am Networking
9-11 am Program

Valley Economic Alliance.
5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

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