Sex, Love, and Intimacy: Defining, Discussing, Enhancing
Many Americans use the words sex, love, and intimacy interchangeably. These do not mean the same thing, however, and our culture’s confusion about this contributes to both relationship and sexual dissatisfaction.
This workshop will present innovative definitions of love, sex, and intimacy; discuss how our culture–and psychotherapy–confuses them; examine how patients can communicate about them more effectively; and explore strategies to understand them independent of each other–so patients can better connect them when appropriate, enriching their lives.
Using this perspective, we will focus on issues including:
- Power dynamics in sexual and intimate relationships
- Diagnosis and treatment of desire discrepancies
- The role of “casual sex” in people’s lives
- Does therapy take sex seriously?
- Companionate marriages
- Non-monogamy and other non-standard arrangements
- The therapist’s own issues about sex, love, and intimacy
Having you as the conference keynote played an enormous part in making this our most profitable event yet. The evaluations found your presentations to be inspirational, enjoyable, and educational. Your ability to helpfully push attendees beyond their usual comfort levels will benefit our entire profession.
- National Association of Social Workers, Nebraska Chapter
Your ability to speak to students about sex and relationships was exactly what we hoped for. Your flexible presentation style was impressive.
- Arizona State University
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