On Friday, January 31, 2014, The Ackerman Institute for the Family welcomed renowned psychotherapist/sex therapist Suzanne Iasenza who presented her workshop titled “Expanding Sexual Frames in Theory and Practice in Couples Therapy”.
Discussing sexuality issues in couples psychotherapy, Dr. Iasenza’s workshop was geared toward helping couples therapists feel better prepared to delve into sexual issues with their clients.
“Sex is a topic people don’t want to talk about and sometimes couples therapists don’t want to talk about it, either,” said Ruthie, a workshop attendee. The workshop helps therapists know “what kinds of questions to ask and what kind of questions not to ask.”
The workshop provided attendees with expansive models of sexual response, how to conduct a therapeutic sexual history, and how to co-create expansive therapeutic frames that include new approaches to standard sex therapy techniques. All of the case material from the course illustrated the integration of systems, psychodynamic, and cognitive behavioral thinking as well as the nuances of working with same sex and gender variant couples.
Suzanne Iasenza, PhD, is a psychologist/sex therapist currently practicing in Manhattan. She is Faculty at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and the Postgraduate Program in Couples and Family Therapy of Adelphi University’s Derner Institute.