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 gail@gpatherapy.com or 301 984 0322 for more information for current dates and times.

Testimonials:

“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

Developing Couples and Sex Therapy Skills, February 7, 2018

As practitioners learn various theories of couples and sex therapy, they also need to know how to work with couples within a relational paradigm.  After an overview of concepts in sex and couples therapy, participants will learn and practice skills for working with their sex therapy clients. We will learn effective ways of starting a session.  Additionally, we will explore Sensate Focus, as a mainstay skill for any sex therapist and discuss, in detail, the theory and practice of Sensate Focus.  Participants will have an opportunity to experiment with the various steps of Sensate Focus.  The Sexual Tasting Menu will be introduced.

Developing Couples and Sex Therapy Skills is sponsored by Integrative Sex Therapy Institute.  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 Integrative Sex Therapy Institute

Sex Therapy Through an Imago Therapy Perspective, March 16, 2018

Having a clear understanding of the theoretical framework of couples therapy is an essential component in becoming a sex therapist.  The theory and practice of Imago therapy provides a useable model.  We will explore in depth the theoretical foundations of Imago therapy.  The Imago dialogue also provides a tool for working with couples and yet can be a profoundly moving process in teaching couples to become truly present to each other.  Such presence is no easy feat.  Participants will have an opportunity to practice the model and observe a videotape of a therapy session using the Imago model in a sex therapy context.

Developing Couples and Sex Therapy Skills is sponsored by Integrative Sex Therapy Institute.  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 Integrative Sex Therapy Institute

Please contact Gail Guttman at 301 984-0322 or gail@gpatherapy.com, 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