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Low-Sex and Sexless Couples: The Rediscovery of Pleasure

How do you help couples in low-sex and sexless relationships? This recording will uncover where lack of desire originates and how to treat desire discrepancy using contemporary interventions and treatment models. Through real case studies, we’ll focus on three areas that are often at the root of low- or no-sex marriages—pleasure resistance, avoidance, and rejection—and the most effective strategies to help couples achieve sexual empathy and long-term erotic recovery. You’ll discover: 

  • Techniques to work with couples around desire vs. arousal and performance vs. pleasure 
  • How to create individualized models for treatment using integrative sex and couples therapy when treating sexual dysfunction   
  • Clinical strategies for healing arousal dysfunction, renewing and rekindling desire, and integrating a trauma model into your work 
  • How to address the three areas of pleasure disorder, and why they often involve issues around betrayal, trust, identity, and self-esteem 


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Dr. Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.
2 Hours
Mar 20, 2021
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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 Huffington Post, YourTango, and Psychotherapy Networkeras 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

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Tammy Nelson maintains a private practice. She is the Executive Director of the Integrated Sex Therapy Training Institute, and she has employment relationships with Daybreak University, Naugatuck Community College, and the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). Dr. Nelson receives compensation as a presenter and consultant. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc., and she receives royalties as a published author. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Tammy Nelson serves on the dissertation committee for the American Academy of Clinical Sexology (AACS). She is a member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Sex Counselors, and Sex Therapists (AASECT), the Imago Relationships International Association of Professional and Certified Therapists, International Board of Sexologists, and other organizations. For a complete list, please contact


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  1. Apply techniques to work with couples around desire vs. arousal and performance vs. pleasure. 
  2. Assess the ins and outs of helping couples create monogamy agreements and other interventions for renewing low- and no-desire relationships. 
  3. Distinguish how attachment-based vs. individuation-based approaches compare when treating sexual dysfunction in couples. 
  4. Use clinical strategies for healing arousal dysfunction, renewing and rekindling desire, and integrating a trauma model into your work. 
  5. Determine how to address the three areas of pleasure disorder, and why they often involve issues around betrayal, trust, identity, and self-esteem. 


  • Intro 
  • Lack of desire in sexless and low-sex couples  
  • How to treat desire discrepancy  
  • Desire v arousal 
  • Performance v pleasure 
  • Monogamy vs agreement 
  • Dyads  
  • Sexual empathy – case study 
  • Erotic recovery 
  • Interventions for low and no desire relationships 
  • Attachment vs individuation - case study 
  • Clinical strategy for arousal dysfunction, renew and rekindle desire 
  • Healing trauma and betrayal, trust, identity, self esteem 
  • Q&A 

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



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