SP02 – The Sex-Starved Marriage: Helping Couples Bridge the Gap

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09 Dec 2018
08:30 - 09:30

SP02 – The Sex-Starved Marriage: Helping Couples Bridge the Gap

All Levels

One out of every three couples struggles with mismatched sexual desire—a formula for marital disaster. When one spouse is sexually dissatisfied and the other is oblivious, unconcerned, or uncaring, sex isn’t the only casualty; a sense of emotional connection can also disappear. Helping couples bridge the desire gap can be challenging when one spouse appears unmotivated or lacks empathy. It can also be challenging when therapists feel uncomfortable discussing sex. This speech presents a collaborative model for partners to work together to turn around the decline in their sex lives and reignite their emotional connection.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Discuss ending the vicious cycle of refusing or always asking for sex which leads to more anger, more refusal, and less desire
  2. Discuss that sex is not only about physical release; it’s also about connection
  3. Utilize new approaches to increase their partner’s empathy and willingness to change