Just Relax! Understanding Sexual Pain & Anxiety

$99.00

In this Two-Part Audio Class, you will learn about the various causes, treatments, and alternatives in this introductory course. This two-hour course for therapists and health professionals addresses sexual health and function, the pelvic floor, and the roles that pain, anxiety and cultural factors play in the dynamics of relationships. This course focuses on the problems and solutions for pain and anxiety during sex and the ways that these issues impact relationships. We cover vestibulodynia, vaginismus, unconsummated relationships, and couples who report, “we can’t have sex” for a variety of reasons related to complaints about sexual discomfort.

Description

Painful sex and the inability to experience vaginal intercourse are complex concerns that many sex therapists, medical professionals, laypeople and others who treat couples and individuals need to understand more about. Learn about the various causes, treatments, and alternatives in this introductory course. This two-hour course for therapists and health professionals addresses sexual health and function, the pelvic floor, and the roles that pain, anxiety and cultural factors play in the dynamics of relationships. This course focuses on the problems and solutions for pain and anxiety during sex and the ways that these issues impact relationships. We cover vestibulodynia, vaginismus, unconsummated relationships, and couples who report, “we can’t have sex” for a variety of reasons related to complaints about sexual discomfort.

Download the teleclasses and listen at your convenience. 

Taught by: Talli Rosenbaum and Dr. Tammy Nelson

Designed for: Therapists, counselors, healers, and anyone else interested in understanding and treating sexual pain disorders.

Course includes:  A two-part recorded teleclass and reading material. Each part is one hour in length.

2 ASSECT CEs** Available in these Core Knowledge Areas (CKAs):

Sex Education: A, C, F, G, L

Sex Therapy: N/A

Certified Sex and Couples Therapist (CSCT): Category 1a, 1c

Part One: Understanding and Treating Sexual Pain Disorders 

Vaginismus and dyspareunia (pain with intercourse) are understood to have multi-factorial components. Traditionally, medical professionals deal with the physical aspects of the disorder while sex therapists and psychotherapists address the psychological aspects, including anxiety and aversion. This workshop will present some of the difficulties with this compartmentalization model and introduce an integrated, mindfulness-based treatment approach more useful to medical professionals, physical therapists, and sex therapists.

Objective: Participants will be introduced to the multi-factorial nature of sexual pain and to mindfulness-based treatment protocol to address anxiety and aversion in women with sexual pain disorders.

Part Two: Exploring the Dynamics of Anxiety and Pain – Unconsummated Relationships and Sexual Aversion

The scientific literature pertaining to unconsummated relationships relates specifically to sexual function, whether vaginismus of the female partner, or premature ejaculation or erectile dysfunction of the male partner. However, the unconsummated relationship is not simply about sexual dysfunction. As a sociological phenomenon, unconsummated relationships and sexual avoidance may be related to societal expectations, partner dynamics, and systemic anxiety.

  • What are the common causes of unconsummated relationships?
  • What are the common ways couples present in therapy?
  • What roles do culture and belief systems play?
  • What role does anxiety play?
  • What are the ways in which we can help our clients presenting with unconsummated marriage and sexual avoidance?
  • How can we reframe the perception of therapy as necessary to achieve the” goal “of having sex, to a mutual journey of intimate exploration?

Objective: Participants will be introduced to a biopsychosocial approach to the phenomena of unconsummated marriage.

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