Sexoanalysis: a new insight-oriented treatment approach for sexual disorders

J Sex Marital Ther. 1992 Summer;18(2):128-40. doi: 10.1080/00926239208404365.


Sexoanalysis is an innovative therapeutic approach for the treatment of complex sexual disorders. This approach integrates current knowledge on sexual/erotic development pathology within a psychodynamic framework to help patients gain insight on the secondary gains, anxieties, and intrapsychic issues that are at the roots of their sexual problem. The treatment process essentially focuses on the analysis of sexual fantasies and the modification of maladaptive erotic imagery. The present authors present a brief overview of sexoanalytic theory and describe how sexoanalysis can resolve sexual disorders, improve sexual/erotic functioning, and promote sexual maturity. A clinical illustration is provided to help further clarify the sexoanalytic treatment process and demonstrate the use and utility of this promising sexotherapeutic approach.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Fantasy
  • Female
  • Gender Identity
  • Hostility
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Models, Psychological
  • Organizational Objectives
  • Psychoanalytic Therapy / methods*
  • Psychoanalytic Therapy / organization & administration
  • Psychoanalytic Therapy / standards
  • Psychosexual Development
  • Sex Counseling / methods*
  • Sex Counseling / organization & administration
  • Sex Counseling / standards
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / etiology
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / psychology
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / therapy*