How to Expand Your Comfort Zone
Working with sexuality and the erotic behavior many people engage in today can challenge a therapist’s values and deeply held beliefs about sex and relationships. Plus, the landscape of sexual behavior continues to change, especially with the advent of sex robots, teledildonics, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality. Intensive and fun, this workshop includes videos, live demonstrations, and small-group discussion to help therapists face their own preconceived notions and countertransference issues around sex and intimacy. You’ll explore:
- Your own sex-related stereotypes, resistance, guilt, and shame in order to create a safe, comfortable, and nonjudgmental environment for clients
- Alternative sexual practices that may come up in therapy, like open relationships, nonmonogamy, fetishes, and BDSM
- How clients are affected by new sex tech, including virtual reality porn
- How to expand your ability to communicate about sexual issues in the consulting room, and help clients crate new pathways for pleasure in their relationships
- Ways to process triggers and vicarious trauma that may be activated by issues around porn or unconventional sexual behavior
Tammy Nelson, PhD, is a board-certified sexologist, certified Imago therapist, professional counselor, member of Women in Sex and Tech, and the author of Getting the Sex You Want and The New Monogamy.