Other Issues In Sex Therapy: Conjoint Treatment Of Couples, The Use Of Co-Therapists, Transference And Counter-Transference

Authored by: Helen Singer Kaplan

The New Sex Therapy

Print publication date:  December  1974
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780876300831
eBook ISBN: 9780203727317
Adobe ISBN: 9781135821364


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It is Standard Practice in sex therapy to treat couples conjointly. There are two basic reasons for this approach. First, participation in the sexual experiences which constitute a crucial ingredient of treatment requires the cooperation of two sexual partners. Second, it is important to involve both spouses in treatment because many sexual difficulties have their roots in the couple’s pathological sexual system. Indeed, some workers in the field, notably Masters and Johnson, feel that sexual dysfunctions are always the product of the couple’s disturbed interactions, to which both contribute some measure of pathology. Therefore, they contend that the partners should always be treated as a “marital unit.” Masters and Johnson underscore this point by referring to the couple, rather than the dysfunctional spouse, as “the patient.”

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