Couples Sex Therapy: Prognosis, Progress, and Conclusions

Jordan-Rullo
University of Utah

Key Points

  1. Kelly and James had a history of a satisfying sexual relationship, positive responses to communication skills, and commitment to sensate focus training, indicating a promising prognosis.
  2. Sex therapy involves psychoeducation, sensate focus training, and improved communication skills, all grounded in evidence-based techniques.
  3. Therapists should not avoid discussing sexual health issues, as they possess the tools to address such concerns, which are often also used with other psychological issues.
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The Prognosis for Kelly and James

Background Indicators for a Favorable Outcome

  1. History of satisfying sexual relationship: At the beginning of their relationship, Kelly and James reported a satisfying sexual dynamic. As a therapist, this history signifies a higher probability of reclaiming such a relationship.
  2. Positive response to communication training: The couple has made significant progress in reducing criticism and defensiveness. They’ve efficiently utilized the speaker-listener exercise to understand each other genuinely.
  3. Consistent engagement with sensate focus exercises: Their dedication to assigned tasks, including sensate focus exercises, indicates their motivation to achieve their therapeutic goals.

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