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Sexual Desire in Committed Relationships: Short Shelf Life or Multiple Self States

This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs & LCSWs.

Sexual desire issues are the most frequently reported sexual problems in psychotherapy. How do we best understand the vicissitudes of desire over the lifespan of couples including the decline of desire or discrepancies in desire? How can therapists co-create safe therapeutic space to promote change in one of the most elusive and mysterious of human experiences? We will discuss theory and techniques that help clarify the intrapsychic, interpersonal, developmental, and environmental factors that affect sexual desire. Discussion of case material and countertransference issues will be included.

Suzanne Iasenza, PhD is on the faculties of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ICP) and the Adelphi University Derner Institute’s PostgraduateProgram in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. She is co-editor of the books Lesbians and Psychoanalysis: Revolutions in Theory and Practice (1995) and Lesbians, Feminism, and Psychoanalysis: The Second Wave (2004)and maintains a private practice in psychotherapy and sex therapy in New York City. Her most recent paper, “What’s Queer About Sex: Expanding Sexual Frames in Theory and Practice” (2010) was published in the journal Family Process.