What Is Sex Therapy?


Dr. Tammy Nelson provides an introductory overview to the integration of sex and relationship therapy. Recorded lecture at the Integrative Sex Therapy Institute.  CE credits (asynchronous)


Taught by: Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.

Designed for: Therapists, counselors, mental health practitioners

Course includes: A 2-part recorded webinar.


2 AASECT CEs available in these Core Knowledge Areas (CKAs): 

AASECT Human Sexuality Education Core Knowledge Areas (CKAs): B, E, I, M
AASECT Sex Therapist Content Areas: A, B, C, D, E, F
AASECT Sexuality Counseling Content Areas: A, E
AASECT Sexuality Educator Content Areas: N/A
ISTI Knowledge Categories: 1a, 1b, 1c

AASECT and ISTI Certification pathways

Sex therapists need training and tools to intervene with sexual dilemmas. Based on clinical practice, research, and case examples, we will cover the history of sex therapy and counseling interventions and how these impact current therapy techniques.  This class will help participants create a vision for their own clinical work, and foster effective, ethical therapeutic relationships both with their clients and their colleagues.

The dilemmas for therapists working with couples and sex can trigger countertransference, projection, and hopelessness for the therapist and couples can face frustration and repeat patterns that lead to destructive behaviors individually and with a partner. We will cover how to integrate sex therapy models and create a solid foundation for sexuality counseling. We will review the PLISSIT model and how it applies to all sex therapy today.

After an overview of clinical concepts in sex and couple’s therapy, this course will review skills to help sex therapists and sex counselors address concerns around intimacy, helping individuals and couples to improve their intimate relationships.

Participants will review multiple theoretical models and understand several theories and treatment interventions.


Learning Objectives:

In this training, participants will:

  1. Review the theories and methods of sex-related psychotherapy, comparing models therapy;
  2. Discuss techniques and interventions, and learn tools of diagnosis for psychosexual disorders;
  3. Focus methods of approach to intervention in relationships that are experiencing sex and intimacy conflicts;
  4. Practice interventions and techniques of sex therapy skills through direct observation, demonstration, case review, and role-playing;
  5. Learn practical and theoretical tools to effectively track positive outcomes in sex therapy using the specific sex therapy techniques and interventions for arousal and desire dysfunctions;
  6. Learn theories and interventions designed to meet the changing needs of sex and couple’s therapists;
  7. Review social, emotional, sexual and intimacy skills in interpersonal relationships and how they affect family dynamics;
  8. Review a range of sexual functioning and behavior, from optimal to problematic, issues including desire discrepancy, lack of desire, difficulty achieving or maintaining arousal, sexual pain, penetration problems and difficulty with orgasm.

Tammy Nelson, Ph.D. is a sex and relationship expert, an international speaker, and author of several books including, “Getting the Sex You Want; Shed Your Inhibitions and Reach New Heights of Passion Together” and The New Monogamy; Redefining Your Relationship After Infidelity.” Her new book “Open Monogamy; Co-Creating Your Ideal Relationship Agreement was released in December 2021. She is a Board-Certified Sexologist, an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Supervisor and a Certified Imago Relationship therapist.  She has been a featured expert in New York TimesWashington Post, and a source in Time Magazine. She is the host of the podcast Ask Dr Tammy about The Trouble with Sex writes for the Huffington Post and YourTango and gives workshops and Intensives for couples training therapists around the world on issues relating to sex and relationships.










**This course meets the educational requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 2 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information please contact or go to Please contact your local certifying organization for detailed information.


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