Exploring Sex and Pleasure in a Narrative Group Therapy Context by Cyndi Darnell

As a relative newcomer to the field of Narrative Therapy I found myself immersed in both theory and practice of Narrative concepts through 2015 as I studied for the Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work.

This video presentation outlines the process and experiences that were co created in Melbourne in 2015 as myself and a group of individuals met weekly for 15 weeks to apply the principles of group Narrative therapy within a sex and pleasure context.

While groups have been run using narrative principles before, none had been offered around the themes of sex, intimacy and pleasure as distinct from sexuality and identity. 

In my work as a sex and relationship therapist I couldn’t help but notice this glaring omission in the theory  and practice of Narrative therapy so with the encouragement of the team at the Dulwich Centre I spent the year developing ways to apply narrative principles to discussions around, sex, pleasure and intimacy. This information forms the content of this video and also my major assignment for this degree. I look forward to your feedback.

Important Note: This video contains language and concepts that may offend. Please view at your own discretion.


I am a sex and relationship therapist based in Melbourne, Australia. In addition to running my private practice I also offer training and support to therapists and health professionals wishing to become more comfortable discussing sex, pleasure , intimacy and erotic connection to their work with clients in clinical settings.

I also present workshops to the general public on sex and pleasure and in 2015 released my online video education series for adults The Atlas Of Erotic Anatomy & Arousal.

If you would like to find out about how I can assist you in developing your work around any of these topics, you can find me at www.cyndidarnell.com

Published March 11, 2016
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