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Sex Made Simple: Clinical Strategies for Sexual Issues in Therapy

Copyright : 07/13/2017

Sexual Comfort Zone: Expanding Your Client's Values & Beliefs with Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.

Copyright : 07/13/2017

Working with Couples When Pornography is an Issue

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The popularity of today’s free pornography contributes to conflict between many porn users and their partners. Most therapists use a model that pathologizes porn use while legitimizing the grievances of the consumer’s partner. This has led to the explosion of “porn addiction” diagnoses; demands that spouses stop using porn; and increased secrecy — without a corresponding increase in partners’ sexual/relationship satisfaction.

Many clinicians depend on personal experience, their own values, and psychology’s gender stereotypes and sex-negativity when dealing with these cases. This can lead to interventions we wouldn’t consider in similar non-sexual situations — taking sides, pathologizing one partner while legitimizing the other, diagnosing “porn addiction” without sufficient information. This often results in treatment errors and premature termination.

Both consumers and clinicians need to develop “pornography literacy.” By promoting pornography literacy, clinicians can support both porn consumers and their partners.

We’ll also look at the most common clinical models of how porn use shapes sexual decision-making, and an alternative model that better the fits the reality of people’s lives. We’ll find out exactly what are the most common depictions in pornography today. You’ll learn clinical strategies for working with cases involving pain around porn use.

And we’ll discuss how to explore one of the fundamental issues in these cases: To what extent is a couple’s conflict about pornography a way to avoid talking about the deficits in their sexual relationship? When both parties want to avoid this conversation, should we encourage it? If so, how?




Copyright : 09/20/2012

Sexual Intelligence: 10 Things Every Therapist Needs to Know About Sex


When people come in and the presenting problem is sex, do you know what you need to know about affairs, desire, pornography, fertility, S/M, “sex addiction,” arranged marriages, aging, cybersex, and orgasm? And when the presenting problem isn’t sex, do you know how to deal with the ways sexuality can interface with issues of power, anxiety, intimacy, guilt, shame, and isolation? 

Therapists also need to understand how clients construct self-defeating narratives about sexuality — and understand how therapists can unwittingly collude with these narratives, undermining diagnosis and treatment. Most therapists don’t understand, for example, that helping clients feel sexually “normal” undermines treatment rather than supporting it. 

In this seminar recording, participants will acquire new tools to interpret, influence, and treat patients’ sexual decision-making — without stripping sex of its richness, darkness, and adulthood.



Interpreting Sexual Behaviors


Influencing and Treating Clients’ Sexual Decision-Making

How to treat clients without stripping sex of its’s richness, darkness, and adulthood





Copyright : 09/20/2012

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Clients


Are you making the biggest mistake treating your LGBTQ clients? Are you asking them about their sexual practices? Or are you too worried you will offend your client?

Join this online workshop and equip yourself with the right tools and up-to-date information you need in this rapidly changing population to more effectively counsel your lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning clients, and couples about sexual issues.

You will learn specific strategies to better treat the unique challenges your client may be facing such as:

Also, let him help you avoid the common mistake of believing, “a couple is a couple” and treating LGBTQ couples the same as their heterosexual counterparts.

Don’t be the straight therapist that is losing LGBTQ clients because of poor intake, assessment and treatment planning. Learn how to offer your clients a safe place for therapy.


Talk About Sex!

Working with LGB Couples

Working with Mixed Orientation Couples and Relationships




Copyright : 12/04/2015