Every chapter is comprised of information that is sound, evidence-based, and grounded in current literature to provide readers with the most accurate and up-to-date information. Case studies and application exercises throughout the book bring concepts to life and give students an opportunity to apply what they learn to real-world situations. A new Contextualized Sexuality Model, which presents a framework for understanding sexuality, helps professors plan their courses. The book’s focus on the nature of professional identity, its value to the profession and the professional, and ways to further development of professional identity during professional practice provides students with valuable guidance they can use throughout their careers.
Chapter 8: Sexuality and Intimate Relationships
Sexuality and Intimate Relationships
The intimacy in sex is never only physical. In a sexual relationship we may discover who we are in ways otherwise unavailable to us, and at the same time, we allow our partner to see and know that individual. As we unveil our bodies, we also disclose our persons.
The dynamics of intimate relationships play a significant role in the types and frequency of sexual activities and in the connection that people experience as sexual beings. Romantic attraction, intimacy, attachment styles, sexual desire, and relational patterns are some of the relationship dynamics that impact relational and sexual satisfaction. Integrating sexuality counseling with couples counseling can be beneficial for clients, and counselors should be prepared ...