Dr. Maguire is a licensed psychologist specializing in couples, family and individual therapy. He is a trained to assist in a variety of concerns with additional specialized training in the treatment of psychological trauma, human sexuality, couples concerns and religious/spiritual concerns.
With eighteen years of experience as a therapist, he serves as a psychologist specializing in working with adults in Bucks County Pennsylvania.
Dr. Maguire gained supervised experience in providing specialized psychotherapy at:
· The Devereux Foundation
· Belmont Behavioral Health Hospital
· Haverford College Counseling Center
· The Joseph J. Peters Institute
· St. Joseph's University Counseling Center
· The Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center (Avenel Prison NJ)
· Council for Relationships
During 12 years with Council for Relationships, the nations oldest couple and family therapy clinic, Dr. Maguire served in a variety of leadership roles. These included as the Center City Office Director, The Institute for Sex Therapy Office Director, and the Wynnewood and Bryn Mawr Offices Director, all of which where Dr. Maguire supervised staff clinicians as well as interns, trained new clinicians as faculty in both their Post Graduate Program and the jointly sponsored Thomas Jefferson University/Council for Relationships Department of Couple and Family Therapy, and saw his own patients.
Having worked as a professor, supervisor, and clinician brings a fusion of expertise so that Dr. Maguire can use the latest in treatment approaches to help you. He is a compassionate therapist who works with each client to effectively address personal goals. He integrates complimentary methodologies including cognitive behavioral therapy, relational psychodynamic therapy and mindfulness based techniques in order to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With empathy and understanding, he works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they’re striving for.
A requested speaker and professor on topics of mental health and wellness, Dr. Maguire has presented at numerous professional conferences, as well as within the popular media including appearances with Cosmpolitan, Esquire, Philadelphia Magazine, Bucks County Courier, CBS News, NBC News, NBC 10 Show! ,Voice of Reason with Larry Kane, and Its Your Call with Lynn Doyle.
As a core faculty member of the Thomas Jefferson University/Council For Relationships Department of Couple and Family Therapy he taught Professional, Ethical and Legal Issues in Couple and Family Therapy and Advanced Sex Therapy I as well as providing clinical supervision to interns. Dr. Maguire has also been an adjunct professor at Widener University in both the Center for Study in Human Sexuality and the Institute For Graduate Clinical Psychology. He has been an invited guest lecturer at Immaculata and West Chester Universities.
Licenses, Certifications & Awards
Licensed Psychologist • Pennsylvania PS016143
Practicing Psychologist • New Jersey 35SI00561400
AASECT Certified Sexuality Therapist
SSSS Emerging Professional Award
Professional Activities and Memberships
Web Accessible Media Appearances
Dr. Maguire speaks about dating someone with a history of infidelity with Cosmpolitan.com
Dr. Maguire speaks about love at first site with Cosmopolitan.com
Dr. Maguire speaks about 50 Shades of Grey on Philadelphia's NBC 10! Show
Dr. Maguire speaks about teenage male mental health on CBS News
Dr. Maguire speaks on teens "sexting" and bullying on NBC News
Dr. Maguire speaks on the NBC 10! Show on casual sex
Dr. Maguire offers advice on the difficulties of family reactions to a gay wedding at 365gay, an MTV/LOGO owned company
Dr. Maguire speaks about sex addiction on KYW Newsradio 1060:
Posted: Wednesday, 22 April 2009 6:07AM at http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/station/kyw-newsradio/
Craigslist Under Microscope After Boston Hotel Murder
by KYW's Ian Bush
Amid charges filed against a Boston man in the so-called "Craigslist murder" case (see AP story), there's intense focus on the site -- and its users.
On Craigslist, you can sell a sofa or look for a job.
With sections to help you find a house, or maybe those tough-to-get tickets, the site looks like a perfectly innocent space to advertise and browse.
But it's also a place where some folks turn to hook up:
(Maguire): "Often times, what they're really struggling with is being emotionally connected to the people who matter in their life."
So they turn to this free hyper-local site that keeps their need for a quick fix on the "down low."
Dr. Kenneth Maguire is assistant director of the Institute for Sex Therapy with the Council for Relationships. He says users like that they can keep an emotional distance:
"This is a way of trying to get a quick fix of that emotional attachment. In our culture, we've attached sexuality with being intimate with someone, and we don't look at intimacy in other ways. So this gives someone a quick fix of feeling intimate with someone else."
He says maybe they don't want to admit to others -- or themselves -- what turns them on. Others may be keeping something from their partners. Still more just do it for the thrill. But anonymity also can encourage seedy -- and sometimes violent activity:
"There are anonymous people connecting with anonymous people. You don't really know who you're dealing with. Unfortunately, if you're not able to protect yourself, unfortunate things can happen."
So, he says, take steps to stay safe. Always meet in a public place, and be prepared to defend yourself.
Dr. Maguire speaks with the Bucks County Courier Times on sex addiction:
Sex addiction about 'chasing the empty highs'
Most wives and girlfriends are absolutely shocked and blame themselves when a spouse is revealed to be a sex addict, local therapists say.
BY JO CIAVAGLIA
To some people sex addiction sounds like the perfect excuse for a bad habit. After all, who doesn't desire physical affection? Well, sex addicts, for one, local therapists say. Like people who can't stop gambling, eating or drinking, people who seek serial, often risky sexual behaviors often don't much enjoy the conquests.
"They're usually much more wounded people than we think they are," said Dr. Kenneth Maguire, a Middletown psychologist with Council for Relationships, a Philadelphia relationship counseling center.
Sex addicts crave emotional intimacy, but they never learned how to make those connections on a non−physical level, so they equate sex for love, what Maguire calls "chasing the empty highs." A conservative estimate is that one in every 20 people in the U.S. meets the criteria for sexual addiction and compulsivity, according to the Georgia−based Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health.
Statistically, men − such as pro−golfer Tiger Woods, who reentered a center for sex addiction treatment Monday −struggle more, but therapists point out that men are more likely to get caught and seek therapy. Others point out that female prostitutes may be sex addicts. Some therapists describe sex addiction as an intimacy disorder typically resulting from childhood experiences including abandonment, lack of attention, affection or abuse, patterns also commonly seen in addictive personalities.
"People initially can think it's an excuse for bad behavior. Really, it is behavior that has gotten out of controlthat is being kept a secret that is going to have serious negative consequences if they don't stop," said Robin Cato, executive director of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health. The Internet has given sex addicts 24−hour access to pornography, online chat rooms and networking sites where they can easily pursue their behavior and validate it, Cato said.
For sex addicts, their pursuits are initially pleasure−motivated, but it quickly elevates to the person spending most of their waking hours thinking, planning and engaging in sexual activity to the point where it interferes with normal daily life, therapists say.
At that point, the person is deriving more emotional pleasure in the pursuit of sex, rather than the act itself. The behavior is a way for the person to mask emotional pain, relief stress and exercise control, experts say. "They're using sex to self−medicate, deflect and defer intimacy," Cato said.
COMPULSION OR ADDICTION
Sex addiction is often talked about in whispers or punch lines, but even within the psychotherapy community there is controversy over whether hypersexual behavior is a legitimate addiction.
The source of the disagreement is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, considered the bible of psychiatry, whose latest edition doesn't include a specific description of non−deviant sexual "addiction." It does allow the condition to be classified as Sexual Disorder Not Otherwise Specified with Addictive Features.
There is also disagreement over whether the behavior is compulsive or addiction, said Karen Brash McGreer, a Medford certified sex therapist. Addiction describes dependence on a particular substance or behavior to cope with life regardless of negative consequences. Compulsion described the intense urge to do something and it's considered a small, but important, part of the addictive process, experts say.
Brash McGreer sees hypersexual activity as a compulsive behavior bolstered by a lack of moral and ethical development. Untreated depression also could manifest as sexual compulsion. "One of the ways people justify immoral behavior is what Tiger has done − that he had felt sort of an entitlement, that he worked hard all his life," Brash McGreer said.
Kevin Medican, a New Hope therapist specializing in sexual addiction, argues that the DSM manual reflects insurance purposes more than clinical realities. He and other behavior professionals believe sex addiction is a complex illness with elements of obsessive−compulsive, impulse control and personality disorders, therapists say.
Emerging research also suggests people in recovery often substitute one addiction for another, Medican added. Some therapists believe sexual addiction will be included in the upcoming revision of the manual.
How the public perceives the partners of sex addicts is also unfairly distorted, therapists said. Often they are blamed as either complacent or nave, but it's frequently the wives or girlfriends of addicts who are the first to seek professional help for their partner, therapists said.
Michele Saffier, who treats sex addicts in her Newtown practice, says in her professional experience, most wives are absolutely shocked when they learn about a husband's secret sex life. They feel guilt and shame for not seeing it sooner.
"What is so devastating for them, they held a belief and he is working hard for the family. They carry all the chores and family duties and then they find out he was having sex at lunch and he has women in every city," she said. "Every memory they had in their adult life is under review."
Like other addicts, sex addicts are typically the last ones to admit they have a problem. They're skilled at hiding their behavior and frequently live what therapists call "compartmentalized lives," where they maintain family, work, and other outside lives that are separate, rather than interconnected.
Sex addicts also frequently rationalize to maintain self−denial and justify their behavior, creating what Saffier calls a sense of "destructive entitlement."
Medford therapist Brash McGreer believes untreated depression could manifest itself as sexual compulsion since sex is still a socially sanctioned behavior, especially among men.
Treatment for sexual addiction is similar to other addictions, therapists said. The first step is the stop the behavior, typically using a combination of cognitive therapy, 12−step meetings, coping mechanisms, and group therapy where addicts learn how to develop trusting relationships. Later intensive psychotherapy focuses on childhood experiences and understanding behavior triggers. When in recovery, many addicts are horrified at their past behavior and filled with self−hatred and shame. "When they come to grips with these things, they can't believe how they acted," Saffier said.