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Digital Seminar

Couples Therapy Meets Sex Therapy: Toward an Integrated Approach

Susan Johnson, EdD |  Suzanne Iasenza, PhD
1 Hour 54 Minutes
Audio and Video
Mar 19, 2021
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You can’t help couples really achieve more intimacy without exploring the sexual dimension of their relationship. But generally, clinicians who focus on attachment tend to pay less attention to sexuality, and vice versa. This recording will focus on a dialogue between two clinicians with contrasting approaches as they offer their perspective on effective ways to address the pressures that can reduce sexual fulfilment in contemporary relationships. You’ll explore the increasing prevalence of nontraditional couples who practice kink, polyamory, and open relationships. Discover how to develop a more integrated couples approach by: 

  • Integrating sexuality issues into Emotionally Focused Couples therapy 
  • Identifying attachment issues that can significantly impact a couple’s sexuality 
  • Helping couples develop a sexual life with or without sexual desire 


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Susan Johnson, EdD's Profile

Susan Johnson, EdD Related seminars and products

Dr. Sue Johnson is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker and a leading innovator in the field of couple therapy and adult attachment. Sue is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples and Family Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 30 years of peer-reviewed clinical research.

Sue Johnson is founding Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California, and Professor, Clinical Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, Canada, as well as Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology, at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Dr. Johnson is the author of numerous books and articles including Attachment Theory in Practice: EFT with Individuals, Couples and Families (2019) The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection (3rd edition, 2019), and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors (2002).

Sue trains behavioral health providers in EFT worldwide and consults to over 75 international institutes and affiliated centers who practice EFT. She also consults to Veterans Affairs and the U.S. and Canadian militaries.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Sue Johnson has employment relationships with University of British Columbia, Campbell & Fairweather Psychology Group, Alliant International, University Ottawa, Couple and Family Institute, and the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. She receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Johnson receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Sue Johnson serves on the editorial board for the American Journal of Family Therapy (AJFT) and the journal Couple and Family Psychology: Research & Practice.

Suzanne Iasenza, PhD's Profile

Suzanne Iasenza, PhD Related seminars and products

Suzanne Iasenza, PhD,  is faculty at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy where she is Co-Director of the Sex Therapy Program and teaches at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. She is author of the book Transforming Sexual Narratives: A Relational Approach to Sex Therapy.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Suzanne Iasenza maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with Adelphi University and the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. She receives royalties as a published author. Suzanne Iasenza receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Suzanne Iasenza is a member of the American Psychological Association, Member, the Association for Women in Psychology, the Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists, the Society for Sex Therapy and Research, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, and the American Family Therapy Academy.


  1. Determine how to integrate sexuality issues into EFT couple therapy. 
  2. Evaluate attachment issues that can impact a couple’s sexuality. 
  3. Determine how to help couples develop a sexual life with or without sexual desire.


  • Explore how to integrate sexuality issues into EFT couple therapy. 
    • Discussion of how to increase couple communication and connection as safe context to integrate sexuality issues.  
  • Identify attachment issues that can impact a couple’s sexuality 
    • Presentation about how to conduct a relational sexual history including identification of attachment wounds associated with adult sexuality. 
  • Describe how to help couples develop a sexual life with or without sexual desire 
    • Discussion of expansive models of sexual response that do not require sexual desire as a   necessary component. 

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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