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Sex Made Simple

Clinical Strategies for Sexual Issues in Therapy

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Barry W McCarthy, PhD, ABPP
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Jun 15, 2015
PESI Publishing
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Sex Made Simple is a comprehensive guide to healing sexual issues and dysfunction, with dozens of strategies, techniques and methods to promote healthy sexuality for couples and individuals.

  • Tools for couples to maintain strong, resilient sexual desire
  • Strategies to move past affairs, sexual trauma, variant arousal
  • Framework for counseling gay individuals and couples
  • Treating sexual dysfunction
  • Psychosexual skill exercises
  • Case Studies
  • Psychobiosocial model for assessment, treatment, and relapse prevention

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Barry W. McCarthy, PhD, ABPP, is a board certified clinical psychologist (ABPP), certified marital and sex therapist, and a tenured professor of psychology at American University. His clinical expertise focused on integrating sex therapy strategies and techniques into individual and couple therapy, assessment and treatment of the most common male and female sexual problems, and a special expertise in the treatment of sexual desire disorders.

Dr. McCarthy earned his BA from Loyola University and his MA and PhD from Southern Illinois University. His professional memberships include the American Psychological Association, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Society for Sex Therapy and Research, and Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He is a Diplomate in sex therapy earning this from the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.

As a leading expert in this field, Dr. McCarthy has presented over 350 workshops around the world, and his extensive list of publications includes over 100 professional articles, 26 book chapters, and co-authorship of 14 books, including Rekindling Desire (2nd edition), Sexual Awareness (5th edition), Enduring Desire, Discovering Your Couple Sexual Style, Men’s Sexual Health, Coping with Erectile Dysfunction, Getting It Right the First Time, and Coping with Premature Ejaculation.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Barry McCarthy is a published author and receives royalties. He receives a speaking honorarium, book royalties, and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Barry McCarthy has no relevant non-financial relationships.


"In the world of sex therapists, a few are writers. Of those, fewer still are succinct and wise. Barry McCarthy's recent book is very much in keeping with his other works. He gives up-to-date, practical, and scientifically informed advice. 'Sex Made Simple' is indeed an honest, direct, clearly stated book about couples and their sexual health. The effortlessness of the writing--so easy to understand--belies what all sex therapists know about Barry McCarthy. He is at the top of the field and has written a series of books that have helped thousands of couples (and hundreds of sex therapists helping thousands of couples). This book is at the top of my recommendation list. Bravo to Barry McCarthy for writing such an accessible and wonderful book."

-Sallie Foley, LMSW, ASSECT certified sexuality educator, supervisor, and diplomate of sex therapy

“Barry McCarthy has written a thorough, state-of-the-art, and, above all, a practical guide for any therapist who ever encounters a sexual problem in clients. It can be used as a reference by topic or gulped down in one piece. Sex Made Simple should be on the bookshelf of every working couples therapist.”
-Terry Real, LICSW Author of The New Rules of Marriage & I Don’t Want to Talk About It

“Dr. McCarthy has, once again, demonstrated why he is considered a master sex therapist. In this book, he has taken what are often considered extremely complex sexual difficulties, and made them “simple.” Through the effective use of text, case studies and very user-friendly exercises, Dr. McCarthy has created an invaluable guide for clinicians and couples alike.”
-Daniel N. Watter, EdD President, Society for Sex Therapy and Research

“Sex Made Simple is valuable in that it is specifically written for the general psychotherapist, is brimming with practical information, and case illustrations. Dr. McCarthy shares his years of clinical experience in this text which should be part of every therapist's library. Both beginning and experienced therapists will find this book to be easy to read and informative.”
-Robert Taylor Segraves, MD Editor, Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy

“Once again Barry McCarthy offers us a thoughtful and profound book on sexuality, one that takes the angst out of sexuality and offers a clear straightforward path to sexual fulfillment.”
-Sue Johnson, EdD Founder of the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and author of Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love and Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships

“The time has come for therapists to become sex positive and up-to-date with the latest sex therapy information and Barry McCarthy is the therapist to provide it. With his pro-sexuality stance, he corrects the myths by citing current research and transforming it into good, solid clinical work. This book provides therapists with step-by-step treatment planning and goals for all clients and is inclusive of gender, sexual orientations and diverse sexual expressions. After finishing this book, therapists will be armed with the right tools and information they need to provide sex therapy.”
-Joe Kort, PhD, LMSW Author of Gay Affirmative Therapy for the Straight Clinician

“An excellent resource! As therapists we often focus on helping couples improve sexual functioning, yet Barry McCarthy explains that the real struggle is inhibited sexual desire. Focusing on desire as the core component of healthy sexuality, McCarthy delivers brilliant guidelines and exercises to help couples integrate intimacy and eroticism into their sexual style.” 
-Kathleen Mates-Youngman, M.A. LMFT author of Couples Therapy Workbook: 30 Guided Conversations To Re-Connect Relationships 

"Illustrated with thoughtful case studies Sex Made Simple offers deceptively sophisticated guidance for the experienced or novice individual and couple therapists alike. McCarthy teaches clinicians the needed concepts and interventions to expand their therapeutic repertoire, enabling them to facilitate improvement in their client’s sex lives. Highly readable and informative, it is already an excellent addition to our library.”
-Michael A. Perelman, Ph.D., NY Weill Cornell Medical Center


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