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Digital Seminar

F*ck Binaries!: Liberating the Clinical Imagination

Emily Nagoski, PhD |  Lucie Fielding, PhD, MA, LMHCA
1 Hour 57 Minutes
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Mar 11, 2022
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What would happen if we thought of our work as helping clients imagine into the radical and transformative possibilities of their being and their relationships, rather than merely “resolving problems”? How might our work shift toward liberation and pleasure, rather than merely resolving distress and pain? In this session, we’ll learn how we can expand our imaginations as therapists—and help our clients dream of horizons beyond what queer theorist José Esteban Muñoz called the “prison house” of the here-and-now. You’ll discover how to:

  • Explore the reasons we cling to gender and sexuality binaries, such as masculine/feminine; normal/abnormal pleasure; sex/not-sex—and the benefits of stepping outside them
  • Recognize how clients impose binary constructs on their sexualities
  • Deploy somatic, pleasure-centred interventions to help clients explore space between and beyond binaries



PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 2 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.


Emily Nagoski, PhD's Profile

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Emily Nagoski, Ph.D., has been a sex educator for twenty years and is the former inaugural Director of Wellness Education at Smith College. Her New York Times best-selling book, Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life, has been hailed as a groundbreaking exploration of the science of sexuality. Sex therapist, Ian Kerner called it a “master class in the science of sex” and relationship researcher John Gottman said it is “an absolutely necessary guide for all couples.” She has also written three guides for Ian Kerner’s, including the “Guide to Female Orgasm,” and her own blog, The Dirty Normal.

Dr. Nagoski has a Ph.D. in health behavior with a doctoral concentration in human sexuality from Indiana University, and a master’s degree in counseling, with a clinical internship at the Kinsey Institute Sexual Health Clinic. She has taught graduate and undergraduate classes in human sexuality, relationships and communication, stress management, and sex education.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Emily Nagoski is an author and receives royalties. She receives compensation as a presenter. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Emily Nagoski has no relevant non-financial relationships.

Lucie Fielding, PhD, MA, LMHCA's Profile

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Lucie Fielding, PhD, MA, LMHCA, (she/they) is a therapist and sex educator in Virginia and Washington, DC. They are the author of Trans Sex: Clinical Approaches to Trans Sexualities and Erotic Embodiments.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Lucie Fielding has employment relationships with Trans Care BC, Antioch University, and Creating Change, PLLC. She receives royalties as a published author. Lucie Fielding receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Lucie Fielding is a member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists and the Transgender Health Alliance of Central Virginia.


  1. Argue 3 ways binaries and binary thinking show up in clinical practice, and particularly how they can foreclose the clinical imagination.
  2. Evaluate the concept of “sexual liberation” and distinguish a liberation politics from concepts like “equality” and “equity.”
  3. Categorize at least 3 ways colonialism, white supremacy, (trans)misogyny, cisheteronormativity impact our clients’ erotic horizons and views of sexuality, desire, and pleasure.
  4. Demonstrate at least 3 trauma-informed, somatic, pleasure-centred tools/interventions introduced in this workshop to their clinical practice, and particularly to help support clients in exploring the spaces between and beyond binaries/binary thinking.


  • Introductions, Intentions, Group Agreements
  • Container-Setting Activity (Visualization)
  • Failures of the Imagination: The Impacts of Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and Cisheteropatriarchy on our Erotic Horizons
  • Binaries and Binary Constructs in Sex, Gender, and Sexualities
  • Erotic Liberation, Pleasure, and Queer Futurities

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Counsellors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals

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