Many people who attend couples therapy complain of sexual issues such as discrepancies in desire, lack of attraction or sexual incompatibility, arousal or orgasm problems, challenges in the bedroom after having children, and infidelity. As such, there is an increasing call for an integrated approach to couple and sex therapy. From the perspective of Emotionally Focused Therapy, such complaints are often, but not always, part of an underlying lack of security and bond in the relationship caused by the negative cycle between partners. At times, as the partners de-escalate and become more secure, sexual issues remain unresolved. Yet, many couple therapists lack knowledge and skill in the area of sex assessment and intervention. In this workshop you will learn how to begin integrating sex therapy theory and interventions within EFT for couples.
Format: Combination of Lecture, Power point, Group Discussion, Case Examples with videotape of live couple sessions, Q & A
At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Demonstrate techniques of sexual assessment in EFT treatment
- Discuss negative cycle interactions regarding sexual issues in EFT treatment
- Explain strategies of integrating sex therapy into EFT for couples
- Explain how to effectively create more emotionally secure bonding in couples specifically relating to greater sexual fulfillment
Michael Moran, LCSW, CST is the Founder and Director of The Center for Relational Fulfillment in New York, NY where he specializes in relational and sexual issues. He is a Certified EFT Therapist and Supervisor, an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, and Certified Inner Bonding Facilitator. Mike is on the Board of Directors for NYCEFT (New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy) where he co-chairs the Education Dept. Mike is also an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University where he teaches Marriage & Family Therapy and travels around the country training mental health therapists how to effectively address sexual issues in couples therapy.