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
Evaluations show that participants appreciated both your excellent material and personal style. You made your points with tact and humor, enabling people to hear you, by preconceived ideas.
- Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit
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
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