426 Sexual Recovery after Affairs

Barry McCarthyLana WaldBarry McCarthy & Lana Wald • Saturday Morning
We know that couples need to recover from the shock, rage, betrayal, guilt, and loss resulting from an affair, but all too often, we overlook the challenge of helping couples recover sexually. In this workshop, we’ll discuss an approach that will help couples create a new, vital erotic connection following an affair that reflects their unique sexual personalities and joint sexual style. We’ll explore how couples can transcend myth-laden ideas of what their sex lives should be and begin to develop their own mutual style that integrates intimacy and eroticism, and balances personal autonomy with emotional closeness. We’ll review four couples’ sexual styles from which you’ll learn how to help partners identify their own individual sexual “voices” and negotiate sexual differences in ways that will enhance desire, pleasure, satisfaction, and long-term intimacy after an affair.

Barry McCarthy, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at American University, is the author of Discovering Your Couple Sexual Style, Enduring Desire: Your Guide to Lifelong Intimacy, and Sexual Awareness, 5th Edition.

Lana Wald, M.A., is a Ph.D. candidate in clincial psychology at American University. She collaborates on several peer-reviewed publications focused on human sexuality and therapeutic treatment.

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