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Diagnosis and Treatment of Sexual Issues in Psychotherapy and Counseling

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By Zur Institute

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"I would discuss sex with my patients, but they're just too resistant."

"I would discuss sex with my therapist, but he/she would just die of embarrassment."

These two assumptions lead to a common outcome: Sex doesn't get discussed in session nearly enough.


Sexual Issues

When sex is discussed, therapists and patients alike tend to rely on gender stereotypes. Therapists tend to believe that monogamy is the healthiest arrangement, while sexually healthy patients struggle with that belief. Patients tend to feel guilty about their fantasies or desires, while therapists wonder how to tell if dark fantasies of coercion are dangerous, or if erotic power play can possibly be healthy.

And how about pornography? Vibrators? Swing clubs? Most therapists get absolutely no training in subjects like these. We're left to educate ourselves through the media (sensationalized and inaccurate), personal experience (hit and miss), and the Internet (good luck).


Our new 5 CE course (145th):

Sexual Issues: Diagnosis and Treatment

Course is comprised of five hours of recorded live presentations by the dynamic, engaging, award-winning author and experienced couples counselor, Dr. Marty Klein on:

  • Introduction to Sexual Issues in Psychotherapy
  • Communication & Attitudes About Sex
  • How to Discuss Sex in Therapy
  • Medication, Body Image & Social Support
  • Sexual Desire
  • Pornography & Much More



Did you know...

  • Conflict over the balance of household duties can have a major effect on a couple's sex life
  • Focusing on the penis is not the best way to help a couple deal with erectile dysfunction
  • Male and female sexuality are more similar than different
  • Anti-depressants can decrease people's ability to achieve orgasm
  • While most clients say they want pleasure and closeness from sex, they often focus on very different things before and during sex
  • Couples who refuse to make dates to be available for sex often have little or no sex
  • Having an orgasm is no guarantee of sexual satisfaction


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