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General Interventions and Theoretical Approaches to Sexuality Counseling

General interventions and theoretical approaches to sexuality counseling

The way we commonly think about how intimacy and sex work in marriage is only part of the picture.

—Schnarch, 1997, p. 38

When considering how best to address clients’ sexuality-related concerns in counseling, it is important to think more broadly about sexuality than is common in society today. As Albert Einstein is quoted saying, “Problems cannot be solved with the same mindset that created them” (Goodreads, 2015). Counselors may draw from a wide range of theory- and practice-based approaches when working with clients to address sexuality concerns. In particular, counselors may adapt sex therapy interventions, presuming they work within the bounds of their competence and training. We begin this chapter ...

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