When a client unexpectedly reveals a sexual problem, many clinicians find themselves thrust into the role of “accidental sex therapist.” In this uncomfortable position, too many shy away from addressing the sexual issue, thinking they lack expertise. But all it really takes are some simple conceptual tools and a willingness to learn what’s truly going on in the bedroom. In this workshop, we’ll examine how to handle common sexual problems with confidence and skill. Discover how to:
- Ask the right questions that get to the heart of what’s really going on in bed—and in each person’s head—during sex
- Teach clients a new vocabulary to describe their level of arousal, and help them stop expecting themselves to function sexually when they’re not really aroused
- Recommend techniques to improve the erotic climate of a relationship, such as enjoying moments of mutual arousal even when sex isn’t on the menu and doing simple mindfulness practices in bed
- Empower clients to feel more confident communicating their sexual needs and feelings
Stephen Snyder, MD, is a sex and relationship therapist, the author of Love Worth Making: How to Have Ridiculously Great Sex in a Long-Lasting Relationship, and the host of the podcast “Relationship Doctor” on Macmillan’s QDT Network.