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CC15 Workshop 09 - Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence - Esther Perel, MA, LMFT

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Couples Therapy |  Workshops |  Intimacy |  Love |  Sex and Sexuality
Couples Conference |  Couples Conference 2015
Esther Perel, MA, LMFT
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Original Program Date:
Apr 25, 2015
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Why does great sex so often fade for couples who claim to love each other as much as ever? Why doesn’t good intimacy guarantee good sex? When you love , how does it feel and when you Desire how is it different? Loss of Desire brings many people into our offices. It is the prime sexual complaint that leads relational unhappiness, infidelity and even divorce. For the most part, sexuality has been relegated to sex therapy and couple therapy has been a desexualized practice. Yet, love in our digital age puts sex at the center of couples’ lives.

Educational Objectives:

  1. To demonstrate how to invert traditional therapeutic priorities, by using the sexual relationship as a lens into the couples’ interper-sonal dynamics.
  2. To utilize experiential exercises to cultivate eroticism between partners and help them take emotional risks to open up sexual communication.
  3. To learn how to map the connections between emotional histories, attachment orientation, and sexual feelings and behaviors
  4. To learn four new strategies to help couples bring a sense of aliveness and vitality to their relation and cultivate playfulness, in and out of the bedroom.

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*



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Esther Perel, MA, LMFT, is the best-selling author of Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence, translated into 25 languages. Fluent in nine of them, the Belgian native is a practicing psychotherapist, celebrated speaker and organizational consultant to Fortune 500 companies. The New York Times, in a cover story, named her the most important game changer on sexuality and relationships since Dr. Ruth. Her critically acclaimed viral TED Talks have collectively reached over 10 million viewers.