Couples Course at Harvard – Nov 2018

Dr. Tammy Nelson lectures as faculty at Harvard University Medical School on couples who experience desire discrepancies and pleasure resistance.


Tammy in suit jacket with hands on white board during a lectureJoin Dr. Tammy Nelson as she proudly presents:

Pleasure Resistance and Disorders of Desire: Helping Couples with Sexual Discrepancies

Offered by The Department of Psychiatry Cambridge Health Alliance

Sonesta Hotel Cambridge, MA:

November 16-17, 2018


Register for the 2 day course here.

Desire discrepancies can lead to low sex and sexless marriages and relationships. There are cognitive, relational and physical issues that cause desire disorders and instead of focusing on a performance model of sexual function we will identify three types of pleasure resistance; including pleasure avoidance, denial, and rejection and how these can lead to sexual discrepancies. This lecture will review erotic recovery and interventions for long term and conscious repair and revisioning of the intimate relationship.

For more information on the 2 days of training, go to the Harvard Medical School website or download the course brochure here.


    • Participants will understand the integrative cognitive, relational and physical issues that cause desire disorders and how they manifest in relationships
      Participants will identify three types of pleasure resistance; pleasure avoidance, denial, and rejection and how these lead to sexual discrepancies
      Participants will learn how to use an erotic recovery plan as a long term couple’s therapy intervention


Dr. Tammy Nelson will teach practical and theoretical coursework to assist students in effectively integrating couples therapy with sex therapy. This course will reflect Dr. Nelson’s expertise in the field of sustainable and passionate relationships, Imago therapy, and skill in working with intimacy, affair recovery, monogamy issues, open marriage, and everything related to couples. This course will utilize the most up-to-date theories and interventions designed to meet the changing needs of sex and couple’s therapists. Course material will reflect modern issues and adaptive techniques that can be used right away in your couples and sex therapy practice.



Dr. Tammy Nelson is a Board Certified Sexologist, a Certified Sex Therapist and a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist. She is an international speaker and a licensed psychotherapist in private practice working with individuals and couples. She is the founder and Director of the Integrative Sex Therapy Institute (ISTI) and travels and lectures internationally on her quest for global relational change. She is the author of several books including, Getting the Sex You Want; Shed Your Inhibitions and Reach New Heights of Passion Together (2008) and The New Monogamy; Redefining Your Relationship After Infidelity (2012). She has been a featured expert in NY TimesWashington PostWall Street JournalMen’s HealthRedbookand a source in Time Magazine. She writes for the Huffington PostYourTangoThriveGlobalMedium and can be followed on her blog.


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