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Psychotherapist Discusses Fifty Shades Of Grey Concerns On CityNews

Our own Carol Anne Austin was interviewed on City News about the concerns surrounding the movie 50 Shades of Grey. One concern is that it may normalize abuse in relationships. Carol Anne explained that this movie may be perpetuating some cultural scripts around some traditional gender roles and that different standards for what might be appropriate sexually for men and women can lead to harmful outcomes.

In addition, the dominance theme is one of the concerns, especially given that some young women viewing this movie may not be sexually experienced. Carol Anne spoke about the importance of having these discussions with our family, with youth and with our children. She explained that the pairing of sex and violence in media is very rampant and that it is important to have discussions around this to make sure we are watching media with a critical eye.

It can be uncomfortable for parents to have these sexual discussions with their teens and Carol Anne discussed that it’s okay for parents to share that sentiment with their teens. Also, parents can seek the help of a teacher, guidance counselor, sex educator or sex therapist if they feel it is outside their comfort zone.

Another concern about 50 Shades of Grey is that this movie may blur the lines of consent. Carol Anne explained that this film is depicting BDSM and it can be great to play around with power in our sexual relationships but we need to make sure to establish explicit consent about this ahead of time. Yes needs to mean yes. Just because we consent to one sexual act doesn’t mean that we consent to other acts down the line. Especially when we want to play with power or pain in our sexual acts we need to make sure everything is explicitly discussed ahead of time and that no one is surprised.

 

About Carol Anne Austin

Carol Anne Austin, M.A., M.Ed., CCC is an Individual & Couples Counsellor at KMA Therapy. Carol Anne is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and a member in good standing with the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP). She is a graduate of the M. Ed. Counselling Psychology program at OISE, where she was formally trained in individual, group and families/couples psychotherapy. Prior to this degree Carol Anne completed an M.A. degree in Psychology with a research focus in Human Sexuality. She has experience providing counselling and education in matters of sexual and reproductive health in various community settings since 2009. She has acted as both a Sexual Health Educator and Options Support Counsellor with Planned Parenthood Ottawa. In this setting she provided pro-choice counselling sessions with women and couples facing unintended pregnancies, provided post-abortion support, sexual health information and planning, and healthy relationships counselling. Most recently, she provided individual psychotherapy services at a local psychology clinic treating clients of diverse backgrounds with various mental health symptoms and diagnoses, including anxiety, depression, personality disorders, addiction, childhood and family of origin issues, low-self-esteem, relationship difficulties, sexual performance issues etc. Carol Anne believes that a strong positive therapeutic relationship is essential in creating an environment that fosters change and promotes growth. She aims to form supportive and collaborative relationships in her practice by using a client-centered approach to therapy and expresses a genuine curiosity when exploring client’s experiences. She uses an intergrative approach, utilizing techniques from various therapeutic orientations that best suite the needs of each client. Modalities of therapy that she employs frequently include cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), compassion-focused therapy and principles of attachment theory in relationships when working with individuals and couples. - See more at: http://www.kmatherapy.com/kma-therapy-team.html#sthash.JTiN2o1P.dpuf


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About Carol Anne Austin

Carol Anne Austin, M.A., M.Ed., CCC is an Individual & Couples Counsellor at KMA Therapy. Carol Anne is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and a member in good standing with the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP). She is a graduate of the M. Ed. Counselling Psychology program at OISE, where she was formally trained in individual, group and families/couples psychotherapy. Prior to this degree Carol Anne completed an M.A. degree in Psychology with a research focus in Human Sexuality. She has experience providing counselling and education in matters of sexual and reproductive health in various community settings since 2009. She has acted as both a Sexual Health Educator and Options Support Counsellor with Planned Parenthood Ottawa. In this setting she provided pro-choice counselling sessions with women and couples facing unintended pregnancies, provided post-abortion support, sexual health information and planning, and healthy relationships counselling. Most recently, she provided individual psychotherapy services at a local psychology clinic treating clients of diverse backgrounds with various mental health symptoms and diagnoses, including anxiety, depression, personality disorders, addiction, childhood and family of origin issues, low-self-esteem, relationship difficulties, sexual performance issues etc. Carol Anne believes that a strong positive therapeutic relationship is essential in creating an environment that fosters change and promotes growth. She aims to form supportive and collaborative relationships in her practice by using a client-centered approach to therapy and expresses a genuine curiosity when exploring client’s experiences. She uses an intergrative approach, utilizing techniques from various therapeutic orientations that best suite the needs of each client. Modalities of therapy that she employs frequently include cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), compassion-focused therapy and principles of attachment theory in relationships when working with individuals and couples. - See more at: http://www.kmatherapy.com/kma-therapy-team.html#sthash.JTiN2o1P.dpuf

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