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Sex, Desire & Attachment with Emily Nagoski, Ph.D.: New Science & Strategies to Transform Couples’ Sex Lives

Emily Nagoski, PhD
6 Hours 03 Minutes
Audio and Video
Mar 24, 2020
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“Am I normal?”

The client’s refrain in the therapy room – over so many issues that arise during clinical sessions.

We’re taught how to discuss almost any topic with relative skill and comfort, but we leave the matters of sex, attachment and desire to the sex educators and experts.

No longer do you need to shift in your chair, or feel your face flush.

Join Emily Nagoski, PhD, author and sex education expert, in this recording and leave with NEW knowledge:

  • The Body Arousal System – you’ll be amazed at what you don’t know!
  • The Science of Attachment - from the sex and desire perspective
  • Sex and The Trauma Survivor – the understanding and language you need to give the client

Emily Nagoski has been hailed by Sue Johnson, Ed.D, developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy as “a breath of fresh air in the sex and relationship field.”

John Gottman, PhD, praises her book Come As You Are as “the best book I have ever read about sexual desire and why some couples just stop having sex, and what they can do about it.”

Dr. Nagoski’s early career included interning at the highly regarded Kinsey Institute, and she currently travels internationally to speak on sex and desire to professionals and nonprofessionals alike. Her TED talks continue to receive accolades.

You’ll also walk away knowing:

  • How to respond to lack of desire
  • Ways to address feelings of anger & loneliness
  • Strategies to help your clients reconnect sexually
  • How to help your clients maintain strong & lasting sexual connections decades into their relationships

This one-day recording will give you the knowledge and skill to effectively help clients understand that their concerns over sexual normalcy are just that – normal. Some topics may lend themselves to comfortable clinical conversations – sex typically is not one of them, but you can do more and make improvements that signal to your client your willingness and knowledge to listen and guide them.

Don’t miss this rare training by a renowned expert in sex education designed for behavioural health clinicians like yourself. You’ll not regret how you spent the day – and your clients will thank you.



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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 with Simon & Schuster and receives royalties. She receives compensation as a presenter. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Emily Nagoski has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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  1. Evaluate the dual control model of sexual response.
  2. Determine the differences between spontaneous and responsive desire among couples. 
  3. Analyze arousal non-concordance as it relates to sexual satisfaction.
  4. Assess the relationship between mindfulness practices and enhanced physical sensation. 
  5. Investigate sexual myths to resolve the internal struggles of “am I normal?”
  6. Determine ways to address and resolve difficult feelings to strengthen couples’ relationships and rekindle desire.


Desire & the Brain
  • Spontaneous vs. responsive desire
  • What to do when there’s a mismatch
  • Wanting vs. liking vs. learning
  • Limitations of the research & potential risks
The Model of Sexual Response
  • The brain’s sexual accelerator
  • What hits the brakes?
  • How the dual model influences sexual styles
  • Context sensitivity of pleasure perceptions
  • Help clients identify what influences their pleasure
Address Arousal Discrepancies
  • Address the myth of body response
  • The relationship between body & desire
  • Consent in the age of #metoo & #timesup
  • What actually predicts sexual satisfaction
Attachment & Trauma
  • The dark side of attachment
  • Attachment style & sex-life satisfaction
  • Self-compassion for sexual trauma survivors
  • Skills for sexual trauma survivors to release blame
Strategies to Enhance Sexual Desire
  • Help clients identify their most pleasure-positive context
  • Leverage the structure of sensations in the nervous system
  • Expand client understanding of pleasure
  • Mindfulness practices to enhance sensation
  • Pain’s role in sexual desire & relationship satisfaction
Enhance Couples’ Sexual Well-Being
  • Desire, frequency & what a “good sex life” looks like
  • Delve into the precise nature & role of trust in an erotic connection
  • Explore initiation style & communication skills
  • Excavate myths about gender roles & sexual “shoulds”
  • Address other sexual myths
Sexual Desire in Long-Term Relationships
  • Predictors of a strong, lasting sexual connection
  • “Show up to the party” metaphor
  • The foundation of a strong sexual connection
  • Address difficult feelings & space between partners

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Sex Educators and Therapists
  • Addiction Professionals
  • Nurses

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