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Group counseling curriculum for women with female interest/arousal disorder

Female interest/arousal disorder (FSIAD) is a female sexual dysfunction with complex biopsychosocial properties that disturb multiple aspects of young-adult women's life. With the growing research interest on FSIAD, mental health clinicians have advanced the methods used in individual and couples counseling. Group therapy on the other hand remains a less used approach despite the benefits shown by research on other mental health issues. This project proposes a structured group approach with psychoeducational features for young-adult women who experience FSIAD to decrease sexual shame on various facets of the self-concept in order to increase emotional and sexual satisfaction. The curriculum for group therapy, within this proposed project, utilizes components from cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, and mindfulness to assist young-adult women navigate the multi-dimensional diagnosis of FSIAD and its multi-layered link to sexual shame.

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