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.

Weaving a Tapestry: Integrating Couples and Sex Therapy

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

How Do We Do Sex Therapy, Dates to Be Determined

In a small group setting, participants will have the opportunity to practice sex therapy and to observe what sex therapy sessions look like. During the two sessions, participants will role play different sex therapy cases and view a videotape of the presenter’s therapy.  Attendance at both classes is mandatory.  This class meets the AASECT requirement for a Practicum to become an AASECT certified sex therapist.  AASECT CEU’s are offered.

In the first session, participants will practice three different role plays of sex therapy scenarios: a couple in sex therapy; a male individual client or a female individual client and a polyamory client. The group will observe each role-play and feedback will be given.

In the second session, the presenter will show a videotape of a couple in a sex therapy session.  The videotape will be paused along the way to discuss the various interventions. We will explore the reasoning behind certain interventions, as well as other possible therapeutic alternatives.

Integrating Internal Family Systems Therapy into Sex Therapy: November 3, 2017

Internal Family Systems (IFS) theory and therapy was developed by Richard Schwartz. It is a effective therapy in helping clients move out of reactivity and into more conscious and calm presence. IFS is invaluable method to help individuals to change their destructive relationship patterns. This destructive cycle often presents itself between couples with sexual difficulties and dysfunctions. Toni Herbine-Blank has taken Internal Family Systems into a relationship model, Intimacy From the Inside Out (IFIO). This seminar will give an overview of IFS and IFIO, as well as an opportunity to learn some of the skills used to address sexual issues.

Integrating Internal Family Systems Therapy into Sex Therapy is sponsored by Sex Therapy U.  The workshop takes place at the Chicago School of Psychology in Washington DC.  AASECT CEU’s are offered for this seminar, providing education hours towards AASECT sex therapist/counselor certification.  APA, NASW and ACA recognize AASECT CEU’s. To register, go to Integrating Internal Family Systems Therapy with Sex Therapy

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