EMDR and exhibitionism: reducing deviant sexual arousal


Nina ten Hoor

Saturday 18 june 2016

11:00 - 12:00h at Yangtze 1

Categories: Agression, Violence, Forensic psychiatry, Sexual violence

Parallel session: Violence and offenders


The desensitization of positive images is a relatively new implementation within the field of EMDR treatment. Mainly from clinical practice, there are indications that EMDR can reduce excessive needs for alcohol, gambling, shopping, sex or food. The positive feelings that are connected to the problematic behaviour decrease and make it easier to control unwanted impulses.

From a forensic point of view, it is interesting to explore whether EMDR can be applied in the treatment of deviant sexual arousal. Exhibitionists, for instance, often describe a strong urge that they can hardly resist. Results from a pilot study will be presented, in which four EMDR sessions, according to the addiction protocol by Hornsveld and Markus (2014), were given to eight participants seeking help for the urge to expose their genitals. Before and after the EMDR sessions, several questionnaires, self-reported ratings of arousal and physiological outcomes were gathered. Videoclips of treatment sessions will illustrate the therapeutic process.

Learning objectives

The specific application of EMDR to deviant sexual arousal will be demonstrated. Research data and clinical cases will be presented and discussed.

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  • Location(s)
  • plattegrond Yangtze 1