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Depathologizing Porn
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  1. Discuss how couples can work together to understand the role pornography plays between partners and whether its use is symptomatic of something in the individual and/or the marriage.
  2. Identify the meaning and narrative behind pornography use by depathologizing the visual and interactive styles of Internet porn.
  3. Demonstrate how to guide couples through validation and empathy and away from reactivity stemming from resentment and intolerance, which can lead to conflict, frustration, and break-up.
  4. Identify three treatment options that can be used in treating the partner who is coming into therapy for porn addiction.


Session 1:

  • Sex, Infidelity, and Internet Addiction: Is It a Relationship Issue?
  • Defining pornography, infidelity, and sexual addiction
  • Three reasons men go online • Masturbation
  • How paraphilias are a factor (20:1 male to female ratio)
  • Internet relationships
  • Differences between compulsion, addiction, and non-pathological pornography use
  • Sexual and emotional infidelity--differences for men and women, gays and straight
  • The triple-A engine of access, affordability, and anonymity of the Internet

Session 2:

  • Infidelity, Affairs, Monogamy
  • How women view porn and why
  • The stages of relationships
  • Defining infidelity and negotiating monogamy
  • The monogamy spectrum
  • The erotic curiosity spectrum
  • Compartmentalization
  • Secrecy versus privacy
  • Can porn help couples remain monogamous?
  • Courtship disorders
  • Erotic rage
  • Betrayal
  • Keeping secrets

Session 3:

  • Internet Addiction, Social Networking, Cheating Online
  • What is porn trauma?
  • What is sexual neglect?
  • Recovery from porn trauma and interpersonal sexual neglect
  • The three sexual scripts--procreative, relational, and recreational
  • Cracking the code of porn
  • Sexual cathexis to porn; what it looks like
  • Long-term affects of porn use
  • When is the relationship at risk?
  • Betrayal bonds
  • Trauma repetition

Session 4:

  • Treatment Interventions
  • Projections as the therapist
  • Therapist’s values
  • Transparency
  • Healthy porn, healthy sex
  • When porn is okay for men, women, or couples
  • Why are some men interested in fantasies that don’t include their wives?
  • When to intervene
  • What does recovery look like?
  • Individual recovery, couple recovery
  • Erotic recovery
  • Follow the erotica road
  • Opportunity for differentiation


Joe Kort, PhD, LMSW, is a board certified sexologist and the founder of The Center For Relationship and Sexual Health, and runs a private practice in Royal, Oak, Michigan.

Dr. Kort, a therapist, coach and author, has been practicing psychotherapy for over 25 years and has spoken internationally on the subject of gay counseling. He specializes in sex therapy, gay affirmative psychotherapy, sexually compulsive behaviors, and IMAGO relationship therapy designed for couples to enhance their relationship through improved communication. Dr. Kort is a blogger for the Huffington Post and Psychology Today on issues of sexuality. He has been a guest on the various television programs on mixed orientation marriages and “sexual addiction”. Dr. Kort is the author of several books, including Gay Affirmative Therapy for the Straight Clinician, 10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do To Improve Their Lives, 10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do To Find Real Love, and Is My Husband Gay, Straight or Bisexual.

Speaker Disclosures:

Speaker Disclosures: Financial: Joe Kort is President of Joe Kort & Associates, PC. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Joe Kort has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.


Tammy Nelson, Ph.D., is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice, a relationship expert and international speaker, an author, a faculty member and teacher with a Doctorate in Philosophy in Clinical Sexology. She is a Board Certified Sexologist, a Diplomate of the American Board of Sexologists, a Licensed Professional Counselor, an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, a Registered Art Therapist, a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist and an Advanced Imago Clinician.

Dr. Tammy is the author of several books including, The New Monogamy; Redefining Your Relationship After Infidelity (2013), Getting the Sex You Want: Shed Your Inhibitions and Reach New Heights of Passion Together (2008) and What’s Eating You?: A Workbook for Anorexia and Bulimia (2004). She is the author of Six Weeks to Desire (2013) eBook, as well as several chapters of edited compilations and articles in professional journals. Dr. Nelson has been a featured expert in NY Times, Washington Post, Redbook, MSNBC, Shape, Men’s Health, Woman’s Day, Women’s Health, Self, Glamour Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and a source in Time magazine. She writes for HuffingtonPost, YourTango, and Psychotherapy Networker, as well as her own popular blog

Tammy speaks internationally and gives workshops and Intensives for couples and trains therapists around the world on issues relating to sex and relationships. Her campaigns reach audiences in the hundreds of thousands, both for clinical and consumer audiences. Her goal is to create global relational change through personal transformation. She can be found at

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