522 After the Affair: Promoting Sexual Recovery
Saturday Afternoon Only
While we know that couples need to recover from the shock, rage, betrayal, guilt, and loss resulting from an affair, we tend to overlook the challenge of helping couples recover sexually. . .
In this workshop, we’ll discuss an approach that helps couples create a vital erotic connection that reflects their unique sexual personalities and joint sexual style after an affair. We’ll explore how couples can transcend myth-laden ideas of what their sex lives should
be and develop their own mutual style, based on integrating intimacy and eroticism, and balancing personal autonomy with emotional closeness. We’ll review four different couples’ sexual styles that describe the majority of couples, and you’ll learn how to help partners identify their own individual sexual “voices” and negotiate sexual differences in a way that enhances desire, pleasure, satisfaction, and long-term intimacy after an affair.
Barry McCarthy, Ph.D.
, has a diplomate in clinical psychology and practices at the Washington Psychological Center. He’s a professor of psychology at American University and is the author of Men’s Sexual Health, Discovering Your Couple Sexual Style
, and most recently, Enduring Desire: Your Guide to Lifelong Intimacy