Systemic Sex Therapy, third edition integrates couple and sex therapy to inform the treatment of sexual problems and to give beginning clinicians the abilities and confidence they need to produce change in their patients’ lives.
Grounded in the Intersystem Approach, the book considers the biology, psychology, couple dyad, family-of-origin, and larger contextual factors of any sexual disorder or issue. Each chapter examines the definition and description of a sexual disorder or issue, its etiology, assessment, treatment, research, and future directions. This thoroughly revised edition presents 18 updated chapters consistent with the DSM-5 and features new content on sexuality and aging, infidelity, sexual interest/arousal disorder, disability, and kink/BDSM. Experts in the field discuss all the major sexual dysfunctions along with new chapters on culture, technology, and their interplay with sexual functioning.
An essential text in the field, Systemic Sex Therapy sets out a conceptual framework for graduate students in couple and family therapy programs looking to develop a comprehensive, integrative understanding of sexual issues.
Table of Contents
1. The Intersystem Approach to Sex Therapy 2. The Profession of Sex Therapy: Current Challenges 3. What Every Sex Therapist Needs To Know 4. Male Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder 5. Systemic Treatment of Erectile Disorder 6. A New Systemic Treatment Model for Couples with Premature Ejaculation: Master Conflict Theory 7. The Complex Etiology of Delayed Ejaculation: Assessment and Treatment Implications 8. Systemic Treatment of Sexual Interest/Arousal Problems in Women 9. Female Orgasmic Disorder 10. Painful Intercourse: Genito-Pelvic Pain Penetration Disorder 11. The Interplay Between Mental and Sexual Health 12. Sex Therapy with Same-Sex Couples 13. Treating Those Who Struggle with Sexual Desires 14. Unique Factors in the Integration of Aging and Sexual Health 15. Treating Infidelity 16. Culture and Sexuality 17. Technology’s Role in Sexual Relationships: Impediments and Solutions 18. Conclusion
Katherine M. Hertlein, Ph.D., is a professor in the Couple and Family Therapy Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has over written over 100 publications and lectures nationally and internationally on couples, sex, and technology.
Nancy Gambescia, Ph.D., CSTS, is the director of the postgraduate training program in sex therapy at Council for Relationships, Philadelphia, PA. She has published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and six books on sex and relationship therapy, winning the 2016 book and integration awards from AASECT with Drs. Weeks and Hertlein.
Gerald R. Weeks, Ph.D., ABPP, CST, is professor emeritus at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Weeks has published 26 professional books on individual, couple, sex, and family therapy. He currently maintains a private-practice near Seattle, WA.
"This well established and highly respected text has been revised with excellent contemporary references, resources, and several new chapters. For many years it has been my preferred and recommended text offering the complete resource to the clinician who intends to both understand the theory and to practice in a truly systemic manner."
Professor Kevan Wylie, MD, FRCP, FRCPsych, FRCOG, president, European Federation of Sexology; past president, World Association for Sexual Health
"Today’s social climate is rapidly changing and as such, sex therapists require knowledge, awareness, and appreciation of important issues that were not part of the sex therapy academic curriculum even a decade ago. This revised text, edited by Hertlein, Gambescia, and Weeks, provides new chapters consistent with the changes in the DSM-5 and includes cutting-edge topics in sex therapy, including technology and culture. Systemic Sex Therapy is a highly recommended resource that should be required reading in all sex therapy training programs."
Talli Y. Rosenbaum, MSc, certified sex therapist, Private Practice, Individual and Couple Therapy