Management of Sexual Disorders - Does being Muslim make any difference?

Mehmet Z. Sungur

Sex therapists do not practice in an ideal standard world. Societies and religions differ about what behaviours (including sexual ones) will be accepted or tolerated and thus problems, especially sexual ones, and their management are not free from cultural and/or religious norms. Because religion is such a personal aspect of human life, it is bound to play a role in determining sexual values and behaviours. Religious beliefs determine whether sexually dysfunctional people will seek out treatment in the first place. Muslims would be very unlikely to discuss matters of their sexual lives outside home. By keeping sexual issues private, the couple ensures mutual respect. 


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Recorded: Sydney, Australia, April 2007

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Mehmet Z. Sungur

Mehmet Z. Sungur is a professor of psychiatry at the Medical School of Marmara University in Istanbul, Turkey. His clinical practice covers a wide range of clinical syndromes with a special emphasis on cognitive behavioural treatment of anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, posttraumatic stress disorder and sexual and marital problems. He published numerous articles in national and international scientific journals and presented extensively in national and international seminars, workshops and congresses on the clinical applications of CBT. He played a leading role in the dissemination of the practice of CBT in Turkey. He established the Turkish Association of Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (TACBT) in 1995 and is still the president of the association.

He was the president of the European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy (EABCT). He is also one of the founders of Sexual Education, Treatment and Research Association (CETAD) and organised numerous national and international meetings on the assessment and treatment of sexual problems. He has received some national and international awards, the recent one being the Lilly Schizophrenia Reintegration Award. He has currently committed himself to the training of mental health professionals in clinical applications of CBT both in Turkey and abroad. He is running training courses for a large number of  mental health professionals and certified training programmes for the TACBT.  He has run many workshops in UK, Denmark, USA, Serbia, Bulgaria, Malaysia, Ireland, Japan, Germany, Honkong, France, Italy and Canada related to CBT and especially sexual and marital problems.

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