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Going Virtual with Couples

From Skeptic to Believer, an article published in the Psychotherapy Netwoker Magazine, November/December 2020 issue.

Psychotherapy Networker, Sue Johnson, Ed.D.

Online couples therapy can be tough, especially with a high-stakes case. The developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy dives into the deep end with a couple living in the Arctic

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The Mind-Body Connection: Couples, Sex, and Somatic Therapy

Free book excerpt!

Deborah Fox, MSW

Download a chapter from Integrative Sex and Couples Therapy: A Therapist's Guide to New and Innovative Approaches written by Deborah Fox and edited by Tammy Nelson.

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What Hookup Culture Means for the Future of Millennial Love

Alexandra Solomon on the Emotional Toll of Hypersexualized Dating

Alexandra Solomon, Ph.D.

Even though young adults seem to be craving some safety to balance their adventure, hookup culture continues to thrive, as much as many therapists would love to see young adults create something more fulfilling than ambiguous, drunken, unsatisfying sex. Whatever changes lie ahead in our cultural rituals for coming-of-age relationally, we’ll be seeing in our therapy practices the emotional legacy of hookup culture, in all its rawness and frantic incoherence, for many years to come.

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14 Products to Spread the Love

Be Your Best Self, To Be the Best Partner

PESI Team

This month focus on loving yourself to better love those around you. These 14 titles rooted in Self-Compassion, Gratitude and Deep Conversation will help grow your heart to spread your love beyond yourself.

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Sexual Honesty: You Don’t Have to Fake It

Esther Perel, MA, LMFT

What happens when you've been faking orgasm, and your sex life is not fulfilling? It is possible to turn a page and write a new script. Learn how from modern relationship expert Esther Perel, MA, LMFT.

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9 Ways to Celebrate Romance Awareness Month

[FREE Download] 125 Sexuality Conversation Starters

PESI Team

It's Romance Awareness Month, here are 9 ways to celebrate.

Plus, get Esther Perel's 125 Questions to initiate Conversations about Sexuality to help your clients discover the path to a wonderful intimate connection!

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The Myth of Sex Addiction, Common Mistakes, and More

VIDEO: Joe Kort on Doing Your Best Work with LGBTQ Clients

Joe Kort, Ph.D., LMSW

Is the sex addiction model doing more harm than good? What's the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity? And what are the most common mistakes therapists make when working with LGBTQ clients, and how can you avoid them? Sex therapist Joe Kort answers these questions and more.

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Going with the Flow: Male and Female Sexual Fluidity

Joe Kort, Ph.D., LMSW

Sexual fluidity is the understanding that sexual preferences can change over a lifetime and be dependent on different situations. It is a person’s ability to engage in sexual behaviors and interest in members of both genders. Sexual preference and sexual orientation are two different things. Let me explain...

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Losing a Loved One to Porn (and What You Can Do About It)

Sue Johnson, Ed.D.

It is perhaps unsurprising that the porn-related question we most often hear in our therapy practices relates to the amount of porn people use. Much of the time this question is posed by wives worried about their husband’s online endeavors. In short, these women want to know: How much porn is too much? And when does it cross the line from use to addiction?

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ASK ESTHER: Stable ambiguity and the rise of ghosting, icing and simmering

Esther Perel, MA, LMFT

“I’ve been dating a woman for three weeks, but after we had sex for the first time, she’s stopped texting me back. WTF?” – Edward, 36

Rejection has always been a part of the relationship landscape. But are the new trends of ghosting, icing and simmering increasing our acceptance of ambiguous ends?

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