But how does the therapist choose from the seemingly endless array of theories and treatments for sexual dysfunction? Does the couple need to improve their technique or communicate more honestly? Should the therapist delve into their psychosexual development or give them homework assignments? This Reading Course brings together some of the leading figures in the field to demonstrate a range of approaches to sexual difficulties. David Schnarch explores how the ways couples behave in bed offers a remarkably authentic expression of their emotional connection-or lack of it. Richard Schwartz describes the soulful adventure of what he calls "Self-to-Self" sex. Michele Weiner-Davis explains why there's no reason that anyone wanting a more robust sex life can't have one. In the age of Viagra, Barry McCarthy demonstrates non-medicinal ways to help middle-aged couples revitalize their sex life.
Passionate Marriage: Helping Couples Decode the Language of Their Sexuality by David Schnarch
Beyond Viagra: Why the Promise of Cure Far Exceeds the Reality by Barry McCarthy
Pathways to Intimacy: Revealing Our Many Selves in the Bedroom by Richard Schwartz
In the Mood: Desire Seldom Comes to Those Who Wait by Michele Weiner-Davis
Modern Sex Therapy by Katy Butler
1. Discuss the essence of sexual intimacy in the "sexual crucible" model of therapy.
2. Create interventions aimed at helping couples heighten their vulnerability to one another.
3. Challenge the assumption that desire must precede sex
4. Describe ways to help couples build "bridges to desire"