Common Sexual Problems: Lessons from Couple Therapy

Presented by Arthur Nielsen, MD on 11-18-2022 at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 p.m. Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

Sexual problems are extremely common in marriage and as topics in couple therapy. Most couples seeking therapy have diminished or stopped their sexual intimacy. While some identify sexual problems as chief complaints, in most cases sexual concerns emerge in therapy, embedded in other issues. While some sexual problems resolve with overall relationship improvement, others require focused attention. Most clients have trouble talking about their sexual lives, and many therapists are anxious about how to engage such topics.

In this 2-hour continuing education webinar for mental health professionals, Dr. Arthur Nielsen will address these issues together with the following topics:

  • The importance of sex and the challenges of talking about it
  • Useful questions for obtaining a sexual history
  • Diminished or discrepant sexual desire: the most common couple problems
  • Sexual script incompatibilities and paraphilias
  • Porn and compulsive sexual behavior
  • How to reestablish satisfying sex once other relationship problems have improved

The webinar is grounded in Dr. Nielsen’s approach to couple therapy which emphasizes interpersonal process and integrating systemic, psychodynamic, and behavioral/educational principles. To bring the subject matter to life, Dr. Nielsen will present case examples from his extensive practice experience.

This continuing education webinar is designed to help mental health professionals:

  1. Describe why sexual problems are especially important in committed relationships.
  2. Explain why couples and therapists, alike, find it challenging to talk about sex.
  3. List optimal questions to obtain a sexual history from couples.
  4. Describe strategies for working with the most common couple complaints: flagging desire and desire discrepancies.
  5. Describe strategies for working with sexual script incompatibilities, porn, and compulsive sexual behavior.
  6. Describe strategies to reestablish satisfying sex once other relationship problems have improved.

Statement of program material’s accuracy, utility, and risks: This program presents clinical and scientific information about the most common sexual problems seen by couple therapists. This webinar is intended for mental health professionals interested in helping clients with these problems. The program discusses strategies for applying the concepts taught in a clinically responsible manner, although the presenter may not know how to apply all principles discussed to every situation or person. A body of research surveyed in the program suggests that the methods are effective and safe for diverse populations. As always, however, misapplication of the concepts with various populations could lead to unintended outcomes.

Declaration of conflicts of interest and commercial support: The presenter has no conflicts of interest relevant to this webinar.

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GoodTherapy, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395. GoodTherapy, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

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Meet the Presenter

Arthur Nielsen, MD

Arthur Nielsen, MD

Arthur Nielsen, MD is a full-time, practicing psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and couple therapist in Chicago, Illinois. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, a faculty member at Northwestern's Family Institute in Evanston, and a faculty member of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis where he is Associate Director of the Integrative Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy Program.

For many years and until recently, he was the coordinator of a popular for-credit course he developed for Northwestern undergraduates, Marriage 101: Building Loving and Lasting Relationships. In recent years, he has lectured nationally and internationally, and has taught online courses on couple therapy to students in the US, Iran, and China.

He is the author of more than 40 published professional papers in the fields of psychiatry, psychoanalysis, and couple therapy, together with two textbooks (available on Amazon):

You can learn more about Dr. Nielsen and his work by visiting arthurnielsenmd.com

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

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  • Logo GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • aceGoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/30/2022 - 03/30/2025.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

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