Do you want training in couples and/or sex therapy? As therapists with specialties in couples and sex therapy, Guttman & Pearl Associates are uniquely qualified to provide training in the integration of these two modes of therapy.  CEU’s are provided by AASECT and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) of the District of Columbia.  AASECT is an approved provider of the American Psychological Association (APA).  It is possible for psychologists, social workers and counselors to receive CEU’s from our courses.

To be an effective couples therapist, you need to have a knowledge base in and comfort with sex therapy.  To be a competent sex therapist, you need to be comfortable working with couples, while operating from a relational paradigm.  In this monthly series, theoretical topics in couples and sex therapy will be presented.  Sex therapy will be discussed through the lens of cognitive behavioral theory, systems and relationship models, historical and cultural influences, as well as mind/body perspectives.  Couples therapy will be explored within the relational paradigm, including Imago theory and attachment theories. Cases are discussed in terms of the theoretical frameworks from which we operate.  We will discuss alternative interventions based on these theories.

Groups meet six times for two hours.   New groups are offered on a year round basis.  Contact Gail Guttman, LCSW at or 301 984 0322 for more information for current dates and times.


“This series opened the door for valuable discussions around how important sexuality is in both couples counseling and in counseling individuals. It has furthermore been a safe place for therapists to explore similarities and differences in theoretical orientation and approach.” Sherrie Ludwick, LCPC

“Gail expertly integrates sex therapy and couples counseling principles in this highly supportive and insightful group.”  Joanne Bagshaw, PhD

As individual and couples’ therapists who work with women, we are often faced with our client’s sexual problems such as low sexual desire and desire discrepancy between partners.  These cases can be challenging cases. As therapists who address female sexuality problems, we need to have up-to-date therapeutic skills and knowledge about female sexuality.  We need to know when and how to use these skills and knowledge to help our clients address their sexuality.

It is a real treat to have Emily Nagoski teach us about the science of female sexuality

In 2015, Emily wrote and published the book, Come As You Are which radically changed the perspective on female sexuality.  Using the science of female sexuality, women began to feel normalized and hopeful regarding their sexuality.  By delving deep into the science of women’s sexuality, we will learn about brain mechanisms that govern sexual response and pleasure and the relationship between genital response, desire, and sexual arousal.  She will address the essential topics of the dual control model of sexual desire, the difference between spontaneous and responsive desire, and discordant arousal. We will discuss how to incorporate this knowledge to help individuals and couples improve their communication about sex. You will walk away knowing that “Pleasure is the Measure” when discussing sexuality with your clients.

Emily Nagoski obtained her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University and completed clinical internships at the Kinsey Institute Sexual Health Clinic and the Indiana University’s GLBT Student Support Services Office. She earned a Ph.D. in Health Behavior with a concentration in human sexuality.

For eight years, she worked as a lecturer and Director of Wellness Education at Smith College, before transitioning to full-time writing and speaking. She now travels all over, training professionals, teaching college students and other lay people.  Emily’s mission in life is to teach women to live with confidence.

Payment of $225 by Pay Pal is required to confirm your attendance. The workshop will be at the NASW office in DC, 750 1st Street NE, 8th Floor, Washington DC, 20002.  The event is in walking distance of the Union Station Metro on the Red Line.  Application for AASECT CEU’s is in process.

This workshop is full.  If you are interested in being on an a wait list, please email Gail Guttman at

Cancelation policy:  Cancelations prior to September 19 will be fully refunded.  From September 19 to October 11, 1/2 of the fee will be refunded with cancelation.  After October 12, there is no refund for a cancelation.

Come As You Are Master Class
Starts On:
October 19, 2018
9:00 am
Ends On:
October 19, 2018
5:00 pm
750 1st Street NE, NASW office
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This event is full.  If you are interested in being on a wait list, email Gail Guttman at

Come As You Are Master Class
Regular ($225.00)
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Please contact Gail Guttman at 301 984-0322 or, if you are interested in any of the following workshops or would like to sponsor one for your organization.  We can also create any new course, which interests you or your organization.

  • A Deeper Dive into Sexual Dysfunctions
  • Conducting a Couples/Sex Therapy Evaluation
  • Exploration of the PLISSIT Model of Sex Therapy
  • The Sexual Response Cycle
  • Introduction to Imago Therapy
  • Integrating Couples and Sex Therapy
  • Interaction between Sexuality and Dynamics of Interpersonal and Couples Relationships