Dealing with Sexual Issues: What Every Therapist Needs to Know and Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Ask

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This webinar was broadcasted live on Tuesday, November 16, 2021

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Sexuality is so intricately linked to all other aspects of a person’s life that its separation from the treatment of a person’s psychological distress or relationship issues defies logic. The exclusion of sexuality often reflects discomfort or inexperience on the part of the therapist rather than an informed clinical decision. Indeed, the designation of “sex therapy” as a specialty may have discouraged therapists from incorporating inquiry and interventions regarding sexuality into their treatment practice. And while, in the past, patients and clients may have felt reluctant to talk about sex or explore their sexual issues in general therapy, this is no longer the case. 

The interventions that form the core of sex therapy are in fact those that are integral to all forms of successful psychotherapy. Building upon a strong therapeutic alliance, therapists help clients confront their anxieties and fears, challenge their avoidance behaviors, and build healthier relationships. What is unique about sex therapy is that both the treatment goals and methods are sexual. 

Using clinical case material involving both individuals and couples, participants will learn how to inquire about sexuality throughout the therapeutic process. While information about patients’ sexuality does not equate with a need for intervention, participants will learn if, when, how, and most importantly, why to incorporate sexuality into the goals and process of ongoing psychotherapy. 

At the conclusion of the workshop, attendees will be better able to—

  • Identify when to ask questions about sexuality in ongoing assessment and treatment situations
  • Frame questions about sexuality so as to be appropriate to the patient and therapeutic context.
  • Distinguish between resistance and reluctance when discussing sexual concerns in therapy
  • Identify treatment goals with respect to sexuality
  • Formulate treatment interventions that are appropriate to the patient and therapeutic context.
  • Create a therapeutic environment that is safe and non-judgmental with regards to exploring sexual issues.

Kathryn Hall-how to healing from sexual betrayal

Kathryn Hall received her PhD from McGill University. She is a licensed psychologist and is certified as a sex therapist by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). In addition to her private practice, Dr. Hall has authored numerous scholarly articles as well as a popular book on female sexual desire: Reclaiming Your Sexual Self: How You Can Bring Desire Back Into Your Life. Dr. Hall has co-edited three academic books: The Cultural Context of Sexual Pleasure and Problems: Psychotherapy with Diverse Clients and Principles and Practice of Sex Therapy, 5th and 6th Editions.

Suzanne Iasenza, PhD, is an active faculty member at several distinguished schools with programs in sex therapy and psychotherapy. She holds positions at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy (ICP) in New York and the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Suzanne is also on the faculty roster at Adelphi University Derner Institute’s Postgraduate Program for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. In addition, she teaches at the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and the Family Institute of Westchester. 

Suzanne maintains a private practice in psychotherapy and sex therapy in New York. Her latest book Transforming Sexual Narratives: A Relational Approach to Sex Therapy was published by Routledge.


Time Topic Covered
First 90 minutes
  • This session focuses on inquiring about sex. Specifically, participants will learn when and how to ask about sex and how to incorporate this knowledge into ongoing treatment.
15 minutes
  • Break
Last 90 Minutes
  • This session focuses on how to design and implement interventions that directly address sexual issues in the context of ongoing therapy.

This training offers 3 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

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This training is aimed at all mental health professionals including:

  • social workers
  • counsellors
  • psychologists
  • psychiatrists
  • medical professionals supporting mental health patients
  • psychotherapists
  • mental health counsellors
  • marriage and family therapists and counsellors
  • occupational therapists
  • vocational rehabilitation therapists
  • addiction counsellors
  • religious counsellors
  • therapists
  • case managers
  • art therapists
  • licensed professional counsellors
  • all other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices
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