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An Intersectional Approach to Sex Therapy
Centering the Lives of Indigenous, Racialized, and People of Color

ISBN 9780367471958
Published December 21, 2021 by Routledge
240 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

When a Black, Indigenous, or racialized individual or relationship works with a sex therapist, a host of cultural circumstances can contribute to intimacy discord and sexual dysfunction. This collection brings together clinicians and educators who share their approaches, bridging sex therapy with a client’s relationship to their racial, cultural, and ethnic identity.

This essential book aims to enhance therapists’ supervisory practices and clinical treatments when working with culturally diverse and marginalized populations, fostering greater understanding and awareness. Innovative tools that integrate the impacts of acculturation, minority status, intersectionality, and minority stress are discussed, with case studies, demonstrations, and critical questions included.

This collection is a necessary read for anyone who is training to be or who is an established sex therapist, marriage and family therapist, relationship counselor, or sexuality educator and consultant.

Table of Contents

1. Intersectional Awareness in Training and Supervision 2. Black like me: Reflections from a Black male sex therapist and supervisor 3. Working with Indigenous Peoples in Canada: The Legacies of Colonization on Sexuality 4. Real Men Don't Cry: The Effects of Racism and Oppression on Masculinity, Emotionality and Intimacy in Black Men 5. Honor and Virginity: The Role of Honor and Virginity in the Sexual Acculturation of Women from the Middle East to the United States 6. Working with Young First Generational LGBTQ2+ Chinese Canadians 7. Redefining Sexualities of Migrant Latinx and Middle Eastern Women in the United States 8. Transgender Bliss: The Journey from Gender Dysphoria to Gender Euphoria Through Decolonizing Gender 9. De-pathologizing The Black Superwoman’s Kinky Sexual Fantasy 10. More Than Ebony and Ivory: Complexities of sex therapy with interracial relationships 11. Cooking Therapeutic Recipes with Two East Indian Couples: Some Convention, a Dash of Rebellion and Stir 12. Sexual Sovereignty and Erotic Survivance: Two-Spirit Sexual Health and Vitality 13. Holy Sex: Using Narrative Therapy and Mindfulness to Address Church Hurt and Embrace the Erotic 14. Queering "Straight" Black Relationships: Navigating Sexual Behavior and Relationships with Black Heterosexual Individuals and Couples in the Southern United States 15. Black Polyamory: Exploring the Complexities of Race and Sexual Freedom 16. Women of Asian Diaspora and BDSM: Understanding Layers of Identity Impacting Kink Exploration & One Practical Strategy

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Reece M. Malone is a sexologist, sex therapist and sexuality educator. He is an associate professor at Antioch University Seattle and is a certified sexuality educator supervisor through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists.

Marla Renee Stewart is a sexologist, sex coach, and educator at Velvet Lips. She is also a co-founder of the Sex Down South Conference, Faculty in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Clayton State University, and cowrote The Ultimate Guide to Seduction and Foreplay.

James C. Wadley is a professor and chair of the Counseling and Human Services Master of Human Services department at Lincoln University. He is the founder and principal of the Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians.

Mariotta Gary- Smith is a cultural sexologist and community- based sexuality educator. She’s a Co-Foundress of the Women of Color Sexual Health Network and is a certified sexuality educator through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.


"This is essential reading for those of us who care deeply about providing culturally relevant sex therapy to marginalized peoples. The collection of expert authors offer personal and professional reflections that give the reader insight, interventions and a road map for working with specific populations. If you are ready to incorporate fresh ideas into your therapy practice, an educator looking for a handy resource, or a graduate student looking for more nuance than traditional sexuality theory, this is the book you've been waiting for."

-Juan Camarena, PhD, LMFT, LPCC; certified sex therapist and lecturer, San Diego State University, USA

"What's captivating about this clinical compendium put together by BIPOC therapists is that it provides nuanced and focused therapeutic interventions that promotes healing and empowerment for people who have been traditionally marginalized or underserved. The case studies in each chapter provide excellent examples for how to effectively engage clients and their individual and systemic challenges that impact growth, happiness, and healthy sexual functioning. This is a must read for all mental and relational health professionals."  

-Monique S. Howard, Ed.D; executive director, Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR), Philadelphia, USA