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Workshop 7: Saturday Early Afternoon and Saturday Late Afternoon (S2W7 & S3W7) - 180 Minutes

Learning Healthy Adult Sexuality:Creating a Therapy Relationship Safe Enough to Explore Sexuality (for both the Therapist and Patient) Part 1 & 2

by Ruth Holt & Mandy Walsh


This workshop has
•Creating safety in the therapeutic relationship to address sexuality for individuals and couples •Using mode maps to formulate a client's sexual self
•Identifying schemas that are triggered by sexual intimacy
•Imagery re-scripting and other couples interventions to shift mode clash patterns
•Practical tools to grow Healthy Adult sexuality

Teaching Methods:

Powerpoint. Checklist for creating safety in therapeutic relationship. Video excerpts to demonstrate coping modes and schema activation relating to sexual self. Demonstration of feeding back a mode clash card for sexual dynamics ad demonstration of other techniques, followed by participant role plays to practice techniques.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the workshop participants will be able to;
•Understand their own triggers when discussing sex with clients and have more skills in building safety in the room
•Formulate common sexual presentations from a ST perspective (schema activation and modes connected to sexuality)
•Provide a Mode formulation to a couple including presenting steps for Healthy Adult sexual self development
•Practice imagery re-scripting related to relevant mode/schema formulation and have knowledge of other relevant couple interventions •Define Healthy Adult sexuality

Workshop Intended For:

Intermediate (Participants have had basic ST training)

Relevant Background Readings on Topic:

Atkinson, T. (2012). Healing Partners in a Relationship. The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Schema Therapy: Theory, Research, and Practice, 323.
Derby, D. S., Peleg-Sagy, T., & Doron, G. (2016).
Schema therapy in sex therapy: a theoretical conceptualization. Journal of sex & marital therapy, 42(7), 648-658.

Johnson, S., & Zuccarini, D. (2010). Integrating sex and attachment in emotionally focused couple therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 36(4), 431-445.
Perel, E. (2007). Mating in captivity: Unlocking erotic intelligence. New York, NY:
Simeone-DiFrancesco, C., Roediger, E., & Stevens, B. A. (2015). Schema therapy with couples: A practitioner's guide to healing relationships. John Wiley & Sons.

About the Presenters:

Ruth Holt

A Certified Schema Therapist and Supervisor/Trainer in Individual Schema Therapy and is certified as an Advanced Schema Therapist for Couples. She is based in Canberra, Australia and works with individuals and couples with a range of presentations and conducts workshops and training in Schema Therapy, couples therapy, women's mental health and abuse in relationships. Ruth has presented at the Australian Psychological Society's Clinical College Conferences, run workshops throughout Australia and worked with The University of Canberra Psychology Clinic supervising and presenting for postgraduate students. She has been involved in editing the soon to be published Schema Therapy for Children and Adolescents.

Mandy Walsh

Mandy is a Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor at Talk in the Bay, a Counselling & Psychotherapy practice she co-founded in Cardiff in 2008.  Mandy’s passion is working with couples and relationships especially when one or both partners have suffered difficult or traumatic childhoods.  She is a Certified Advanced Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer for Individuals and provides workshops via Schema Therapy Wales. She is also a Certified Advanced Couples Schema Therapist. Mandy plays an active role in the Schema Couples work group and the ST-organisational development work group.

Alongside this she is currently developing a training time using concepts from the schema mode model to deliver to Human Resource teams to help them gain a better understanding of the mental health difficulties of employees working within their organisations.   

Mandy was born in Durban South Africa in 1956 where she spent the first half of her working career in the Financial Services Industry.

She moved to Cardiff, UK in 2001 with her husband Craig and has 3 adult children Brett, Greg and Lauren who all live in London.

She loves to spend time walking in the Welsh countryside and on the Island of Mallorca where she visits regularly.

Why Schema Therapy?

Schema therapy has been extensively researched to effectively treat a wide variety of typically treatment resistant conditions, including Borderline Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Read our summary of the latest research comparing the dramatic results of schema therapy compared to other standard models of psychotherapy.

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