216 – The Sex-Starved Marriage

How to Revive Erotic Passion                                   
Michele Weiner-Davis

One out of every three couples struggles with mismatched sexual desire—a formula for marital disaster. When one spouse is sexually dissatisfied and the other is oblivious, unconcerned, or uncaring, sex isn’t the only casualty; a sense of emotional connection can also disappear. As therapists, we’ve been taught that for couples to have good sexual relationships, we must first help them resolve their emotional issues. But this doesn’t always work. This workshop offers both sex and couples therapists concrete, practical solutions to help spouses work together to reverse their sexual decline and reignite their emotional connection. You’ll discover how to:

  • Motivate the lower-desire partner to feel more empathy for their higher-desire spouse
  • End the vicious cycle of rejection that leads to anger, more refusal, and more anger
  • Persuade each partner to take personal responsibility for breaking patterns that lead to emotional and physical disconnection
  • Teach clients specific educational information that changes attitudes, increases empathy, and triggers lasting behavioral change


Michele Weiner-Davis, MSW, the director of the Divorce Busting Center, is a TEDx speaker and the author of several bestselling books, including The Sex-Starved Wife, The Sex-Starved Marriage, Divorce Busting and Healing from Infidelity.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Michele Weiner-Davis is in private practice. She is an author for Simon & Schuster and receives royalties.
Non-financial: Michele Weiner-Davis has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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