Handbook of Clinical Sexuality for Mental Health Professionals

2nd Edition

Edited by Stephen B. Levine, Candace B. Risen, Stanley E. Althof

© 2010 – Routledge

518 pages

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About the Book

The constantly-changing field inspired the second edition of Handbook of Clinical Sexuality for Mental Health Professionals. In a state-of-the-art guide, Dr. Levine and his associates continue to help professionals with the assessment and treatment of a large array of sexual concerns. Written in a personal, supervisory style, the book will help new therapists anticipate clinical contingencies and help experienced therapists refine their thinking and teaching. Easily accessible, the Handbook is divided into six major sections with helpful annotated references: Being a Therapist; Intimacy; Sexual Dysfunction; Sexual Identity Struggles; The Forgotten; and Additional Vital Topics. Twenty-one chapters have been thoroughly revised and updated, and five new ones have been added. These focus on gay and lesbian life, transitioning to single life, cancer survivorship, the sexual issues of the developmentally challenged, and sex among the aging.


"This is a terrific book for teaching, refreshing, and discussing. My very experienced sex therapy peer supervision group went through it chapter by chapter and was glad for the opportunity." - Leonore Tiefer, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine

"Sexual health, dependent on both the mind and the body, is a significant part of overall health for many individuals. Too many healthcare professionals are uncomfortable speaking about sexuality. Handbook of Clinical Sexuality for Mental Health Professionals steps in where most schools leave off, helping you understand what questions to ask, why you are asking them, and what to do when your clients answer. This easily readable and well-written book is a must for your toolkit to help make sex fun and satisfying for your clients again." - Irwin Goldstein, MD, Director, Sexual Medicine, Alvardo Hospital, San Diego, CA; Clinical Professor of Surgery, University of California at San Diego; Director, San Diego Sexual Medicine

"A wonderful and inspiring book, for both beginners and experienced therapists in the field of sexual health. The personal introduction to each chapter is brilliant and the many clinical cases make it an interesting read. The book elegantly incorporates the biopsychosocial approaches to sexuality and updates current research in the field of sexual function and dysfunctions. All heath care providers can be inspired by this book." - Annamaria Giraldi, MD, PhD, Sexologist, Clinic of Sexology, Copenhagen, Denmark; Past President, Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health; President, Scandinavian Society for Sexual Medicine

"Anyone who has had the opportunity to attend one of Dr. Levine’s lectures or courses knows that he is an outstanding educator. He and his co-authors have written a superb book that combines humanism and sciences and is a delight to read! Handbook of Clinical Sexuality for Mental Health Professionals is more than a reference work, it is a true learning experience." - Deborah J. Hales, MD, Director, Division of Education, American Psychiatric Association

"The novice and seasoned sexologist alike will emerge from the book's hefty pages not only better informed, but encouraged and supported in the sometimes unheralded and almost always solitary work we do. I would recommend this book to MHPs who are keen to increase their involvement in the clinical treatment of their clients’ sexual issues, and for those who are anxious about doing so but understand the necessity of including this crucial aspect. It is also a darn good read for sex therapists in private practice, which can be a terribly isolated profession. This handbook proved far more readable than a textbook and provided a substantive amount of information about a well-rounded section of contemporary clinical sexuality interventions. The bottom line is that I believe I am a better clinician for having read this book. - Pega Ren, Ed.D., Journal of Sex Research

"This unique and meaningful text personalizes the experience of working with patients struggling with clinical issues of sexuality.The authors are refreshingly transparent about their own therapeutic successes and failures, their evolving viewpoints, and their thoughts about various diagnostic criteria. The true gems of this text are the vignettes that punctuate each chapter. These glimpses into patient experiences are invaluable for readers and help foster the "supervisory" feeling of this text by providing excellent examples of patient struggles and therapist responses.Stephen Levine's goal was to provide an accessible, personal, and useful volume for mental health professionals seeking to treat patients with sexual health, relationship, or sexuality issues. Dr. Levine, his associate editors, and his coauthors have succeeded masterfully. This book should be a welcome addition to any mental health practitioner's library." - Jeanne M. Lackamp, M.D., Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

"The development of the book was guided by a unique vision — to give voice to "excellent teachers," and afford them the opportunity to "reveal something personal about [their] relationship to [the] subject" (p. xiv). The end product is an accessible and engaging book that is apt to be of interest to a wide audience."Michael D. London, University College London, Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy

Table of Contents

Preface to the First Edition. Levine, Risen, Althof, Preface to the Second Edition. Part I: Being a Therapist. Risen, Listening to Sexual Stories. Plaut, Understanding and Managing Professional-client Boundaries. Part II: Sexual Intimacy: Hopes and Disappointments. Levine, What Patients Mean by Love, Intimacy, and Sexual Desire. Kleinplatz, Lessons from Great Lovers. Scharff, How Development Structures Relationships. Levine, Infidelity. Meana, When Love and Sex Go Wrong: Helping Couples in Distress. Myers, Single Again. Part III: Sexual Dysfunction: Women's Sexual Issues. Nathan, When Do We Say a Woman's Sexuality is Dysfunctional? Basson, Women's Difficulties With Low Sexual Desire, Sexual Avoidance, and Sexual Aversion. Donahey, Female Orgasmic Disorder. Bergeron, Meana, Binik, Khalife, Painful Sex. Dennerstein, The Sexual Impact of Menopause. Part IV: Sexual Dysfunction: Men's Sexual Issues. Polonsky, The Sexual Challenges and Dilemmas of Young Single Men. Althof, Rosen, Combining Medical and Psychological Interventions for the Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction. Waldinger, Premature Ejaculation and Delayed Ejaculation. Part V: Additional Vital Topics. McCarthy, Breetz, Confronting Sexual Trauma and Enhancing Adult Sexuality. Segraves, Balon, Recognizing and Reversing Sexual Side Effects of Medications. Brotto, Kingsberg, Sexual Consequences of Cancer Survivorship. Part VI: Sexual Identity Struggles. Scott, Levine, Understanding Gay and Lesbian Life. Friedman, Downey, Male and Female Homosexuality in Heterosexual Life. Marcus, Men Who Are Not in Control of Their Sexual Behavior. Fedoroff, Paraphilic Worlds. Pfafflin, Understanding Transgendered Phenomena. Part VII: The Forgotten. Fedoroff, Richards, Sexual Disorders and Intellectual Disabilities. Maurice, Yule, Sex and Chronic and Severe Mental Illness.

About the Editors

Stephen B. Levine, MD (editor) is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio.

Candace B. Risen, LISW (associate editor), is Assistant Clinical Professor of Social Work in the Department of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio.

Stanley E. Althof, PhD (associate editor), is Voluntary Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Reference