213, 313 – Advances in Treating Sexual Issues

Challenging Some Common Myths
Parts 1 & 2
Marty Klein

If you ask clients what they want from sex, they’ll usually tell you pleasure and closeness. But that’s typically not what they actually focus on during sex. Instead, they’re thinking about how they look, what they sound or smell like, what their partner is thinking, etc.—and that’s what often leads to sexual problems. In this workshop, we’ll look at how therapists unwittingly collude with clients’ self-defeating sexual narratives, why “sex addiction” is not a helpful model for long-term change, and how our common approaches to sexual problems may lead to better communication but little else. You’ll explore how to:

  • Challenge common sexual myths, such as that male and female sexuality are more different than similar, orgasm is the best part of sex, and sex should be natural and spontaneous
  • Help partners explore and identify good reasons they don’t desire each other—and resolve these issues so desire can return
  • Guide clients in ways to increase their sexual satisfaction without changing their sexual functioning
  • Help clients understand their sexual decisions, accept responsibility for them, and change them if they wish


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Marty Klein, PhD, has been an MFT and certified sex therapist for 34 years. The author of seven books about sex, he’s given 1,000 clinical training seminars, has been honored by four professional associations including CAMFT, and recently gave two congressional briefings about evidence-based sex education.

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