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SEX & INTIMACY IN RELATIONSHIPS: PSYCHOLOGY, BIOLOGY AND RELATIONSHIP INTERPLAY - A new model and fresh approach in confidently supporting couples.

Ari Badaines, PhD Clinical Psychologist, MAPS Psychotherapy
One full day
Oct 22, 2020
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Way, way back during my clinical internship a supervisor mentioned that two areas that therapists feared to tread were sex and money with their clients, a reflection of society’s general taboo about enquiring into one’s income or sexual life.  This disinclination persists even today to the extent that both therapist and client are frequently reluctant to raise these issues.

This workshop aims to help the mental health professional overcome their resistance to discussing sex and intimacy with their clients.  In addition, you will be equipped to provide useful information and guidance about the interplay of psychology, biology, and the relational issues that contribute to sexual harmony and disharmony.  You will have an opportunity to develop confidence in helping clients address sexual disappointments and can refer on in the case of complex/chronic sexual difficulties.

Ari will briefly explore persistent ‘sexual myths’  and then cover two aspects of sexual relationships: one is the inter-relationship between desire, pleasure, eroticism, and fulfillment, including some information about each of these four pillars; and the second is treating attachment issues applied to couples presenting with sexual issues based on the Emotionally Focused Therapy model . 

In the morning session, a ‘new model’ of fulfilling sexual relationships will be explored. This will be followed by therapist skills and information to help couples incorporate these findings into a more fulfilling sexual, intimate relationship. Included will be the inter-play of psychology, biology, and relationship issues.  The session will look at assessment of sexual problems and strategies to enhance and then maintain desire.

The afternoon session focuses on Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy applied to couples presenting with sexual issues in their relationship.  After a brief introduction to the core tenants of EFT (it would be helpful, but not required if participants were familiar with both Attachment Theory applied to adults and Sue Johnson’s EFT model. (Her book ‘Hold Me Tight’ is a good reference) Ari will discuss its application to couples with sexual issues and then demonstrate the EFT skills in a role-play.



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Ari Badaines, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who trained in the United States. In 1980 he obtained a post-doctoral fellowship with the National Institute of Mental Health in Washington, DC where he studied Group Therapy, Family and Couple Therapy. Later, he undertook further training at the Institute for Family Therapy in London.  Ari has been a consultant to numerous organisations including Relate in the UK, Richmond Fellowship and Youth-in-Search in Australia. He has taught at various universities in the USA, UK, and Australia. He was twice a keynote speaker for the annual conference of Marriage Guidance Counsellors (now Relationships) in the UK.  In 2015, Ari led a two-day workshop for the Psychological Society of Ireland on ‘Action Techniques with Individuals and Couples’ which was so positively received that he has been invited back each year since to present on couples and family therapy. He is renowned as an engaging and popular presenter for PDP and for several European organisations. He has been in private practice for over 45 years, and has led workshops in over twenty countries on group therapy, couple and family therapy, and a variety of trainings on individual therapy including Gestalt therapy, Psychodrama, Solution-focused brief therapy, and Action-Methods.

Registration Details

Registration fee: $199 Lifetime access to the video and the resources Attendance Certificate for 6 hours of interactive training. This seminar provides 6 hours for CPD points. You will need a steady internet connection, and a device such as a computer, tablet or phone upon which to view and participate.


Learning objectives of this training:

  1. Become more comfortable with raising rather than avoiding sexial issues.
  2. Confidently uncover the history and nature of sexual problems in couple work and how the identified problem affects the couple's relationship.
  3. Develop a working knowledge of the interplay of desire, pleasure, eroticism and fulfillment in sexual, intimate relationships.
  4. Acquire skill in conceptualizing sexual issues or difficulties as an expression of attachment issues and, apply some EFT skills in addressing these.

“Therapists often find it difficult to comfortably discuss issues of sexuality, sexual problems, and attractions in the therapeutic context; this workshop will help you not only to deal with these issues comfortably and effectively, but will also significantly increase your ability to assess and understand core principles of treating sexual problems in individuals and couples.” Dr Ari Badaines


How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Become better informed and more comfortable in dealing with individual's and couples' sexual issues.

  • Acquire a theoretical/practical model incorporating psychology, biology, and relationship interplay; and a working therapeutic model (based on EFT).

  • Learn to more accurately assess the nature of the difficulties and be in a better position to decide on an effective approach and possible need for referral.


Session 1:

  • A ‘new model’ of fulfilling sexual relationships.
  • Exploring the inter-play of psychology, biology, and relationship issues. 
  • How to provide support and information for couples to incorporate new perspectives.
  • Assessment of sexual problems and skills to enhance and then maintain desire.


Session 2: 

  • A brief introduction to the core tenants of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) applied to couples presenting with sexual issues.
  • Application of EFT to couples with sexual issues including skills demonstration and role-play.

​Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.

To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title.

Target Audience

This seminar has been designed to extend the clinical knowledge and applied skill of professionals who wish to work with couples or wish to further develop foundational skills for working with couples.

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