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ADHD and Sexuality

  • 19 Apr 2023
  • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM (AEST)
  • Online

Join the NSW SAS branch for this wonderful professional development opportunity with Karen Triggs. 


ADHD is a mental health condition involving challenges with “executive function”, particularly in the domains of memory; emotional regulation; motivation; response inhibition and managing attention.

The number of adults being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is on the rise and exceeds the number of children diagnosed with ADHD. It is therefore essential  that sexologists have the knowledge and skills to recognise and respond effectively to the needs of clients who have ADHD or who may have undiagnosed ADHD. We also know that the strategies and interventions that work well for neurotypical clients may not be effective for clients who have ADHD.

In addition, ADHD is often accompanied by other co-morbid conditions like depression and anxiety.  This means that “quality of life” for those living with ADHD is likely to be negatively affected especially if untreated

In this presentation on ADHD and Sexuality Karen shares her extensive knowledge and experience and will be addressing the following:

1. Understanding Adult ADHD and how it may present in your practice.

2. What you need to know about ADHD medication.

3. The many ways in which ADHD impacts sexuality & relationships.

4. Helpful strategies and approaches when working with ADHD clients.

About the Presenter

Karen Triggs is an accredited psycho-sexual therapist, relationship counsellor and trauma focussed art therapist working in a busy private practice in South West Sydney. She is also a registered full member of the Australian & New Zealand Creative Art Therapists Association, (ANZACATA) and has several post graduate qualifications including a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy and is currently working towards accreditation as an EMDR practitioner. Karen is also a member of the ACA College of supervisors and enjoys supporting and mentoring other counsellors. She is also past president of the NSW Society of Australian Sexologists.  

Karen is a proudly neurodivergent, cisgender woman who not only has ADHD but also has adult children and grandchildren who have ADHD. She is passionate about helping people who have ADHD to have fulfilling and satisfying relationships and sex lives. Karen was born in Zimbabwe and has also lived in South Africa and Botswana. When not working Karen can be found creating in her art studio; going on camping adventures and spending time with her grandchildren. 

The Society of Australian Sexologists Ltd (SAS) represents health and allied health professionals working in the area of sex therapy, sexuality education, sexual health and sexology.

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