Originally sex therapy was considered a cognitive behavior therapy. We now know when working with sex therapy issues, we need to consider many factors: the family of origin, the impact of our culture, relationship issues and medical factors. Additionally, anxiety is a major component in any sexuality difficulty. This workshop will explore all of these factors, taking a systems approach to sex therapy. We will demonstrate skills in providing a couples/sex therapy evaluation, unraveling the couples dance in sexuality and creating containment and connection methods with couples.
- Describe the socio-cultural and familial factors affecting our ability to discuss sexuality with our clients.
- Describe the familial, socio-cultural issues affecting a clients sexuality development and sexual self esteem.
- List the medical systems to explore in sex therapy cases.
- Describe the relational paradigm and list different relational theories to utilize.
- Demonstrate the role of anxiety in sexual dysfunction and explain the use of Cognitive Behavior Therapy in sex therapy.
- Demonstrate skills to conduct a couple, sex therapy/counseling evaluation and explore counter-transference issues.
- Demonstrate the couples dance in a sexuality problem and utilize Internal Family Systems techniques to explore this dance.
- Demonstrate skills to contain conflict and create deepening connection in couples/sex therapy, using Imago therapy skills.