1st Edition

Sex Therapy with Religious Patients Working with Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Communities

By Caleb Jacobson Copyright 2024
    340 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    340 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Sex Therapy with Religious Patients is a comprehensive guidebook for mental health professionals who work with those struggling with sexual issues within a religious context. The book provides practical guidance on how to approach sensitive topics related to sex and religion, including addressing religious beliefs and values that may impact sexual behavior, beliefs, and attitudes.

    Drawing on research and clinical experience, the book offers a range of evidence-based interventions for working with individuals from different Jewish, Christian, and Muslim backgrounds. It also explores the unique challenges and opportunities presented by patients’ religious beliefs and provides strategies for integrating spirituality into the therapeutic process.

    The book is written in an accessible and engaging style, with real-life case examples and exercises that can be used in therapy sessions. It is an essential resource for mental health professionals seeking to enhance their skills in working with religious individuals who are seeking sex therapy.

    Part 1. Sex, Religion, and The Theraputic Process  1. Working with Religious Patients  2. The Problem with Sex Therapy  3. The Protocol  Part 2. What Every Therapist Should Know About Religion  4. Judaism and Sex  5. Christianity and Sex  6.Islam and Sex  Part 3. Working with Religious Patients Through Sexual Issues  7. Masturbation and Porn  8. Premartial Sex  9. Unconsumated Marriages  10. Mixed and Interreligious Marriages  11. Nonmonogamy  12. Sexual Orientation  Part 4. From Personal Bias to Professional Growth  13. The Problem with Religious Patients  14. The Rewarding Journey of Working with Religious Patients 


    Caleb Jacobson, PsyD, PhD, is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, sex therapist, and Bible scholar. Currently, he serves as president of both the School of Sex Therapy and the International Association of Psychosexual Therapists.

    "The intersection of religion and sex is often labeled as problematic or is left unaddressed in the therapeutic setting. Yet for religious clients, sexuality cannot be separated from their worldview. Dr. Caleb Jacobson's book is a powerful voice for these clients, and an indispensable resource for the therapists who serve them. Finally - sex is being spoken about from and through religious contexts in an empowering, bold, and practical manner."

    Sameera Qureshi, M.S., Sexual Health For Muslims

    Sex, faith, culture, and religion are often inextricably linked. Not always in seen or obvious ways but in no doubt within the therapeutic domain. In much of our work the blend of these aspects of the client’s life needs to be included; to exclude them does the client a disservice. Dr. Caleb Jacobson’s book gives the ability to speak in a meaningful and open way. It is an excellent resource for therapists to look through a religious lens in service to their clients.

    Judi Keshet-Orr, MSc., Founder and Course Director of The London Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy

    Dr. Caleb Jacobson’s new book, Sex Therapy with Religious Patients, is a practical resource that will help sex therapists and students in training cultivate the cultural competencies necessary for ethical practice when working with conventionally religious clients.  I look forward to having my students engage with this valuable text.

    Mark A. Yarhouse, Psy.D., Arthur P. Rech & Mrs. Jean May Rech Professor of Psychology and Director of the Sexual & Gender Identity Institute at Wheaton College