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505 | Above the Sheets: Barriers to Sexual Intimacy Outside the Bedroom

Friday 9/15 4:15 – 5:30 PM, Love and Sex: Men, Women, and Relationships, Workshop Tracks


Debra Fileta, M.A.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




When it comes to sexual intimacy, unexpected factors often get in the way of a healthy and fulfilling marital sex life. Many of those factors have to do with things outside of the act of sex. Licensed mental health practitioners and ministry leaders must thoroughly understand the aspects of a couple’s relationship and their upbringing that may inhibit a fulfilling sex life. These aspects include a couple’s emotional intimacy and communication, their individual sexual expectations, as well as any underlying mental or physical health issues. This workshop will address these three components to help couples find a breakthrough and pursue a healthy and fulfilling sex life.

Learning Objectives

1. Identify patterns of communication and connection in the couples they treat that inhibit emotional and spiritual intimacy
2. Describe the influence of past sexual narratives, expectations, and experiences, and identify how these may be contributing to a couple’s sexual experience in the present
3. Discuss strategies for mental health professionals to address mental and physical health barriers to sexual satisfaction in the present
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