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Zoya Simakhodskaya, PhD

Michael Moran, LCSW, CST


Integrating Sex & Couples Therapy:
Beyond a secure bond

Saturday October 6, 2018
9:00 - 5:00       $165/$140 until 9/21/18      7 CE hours
APA Level - Intermediate


From the perspective of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), healthy sexuality in a long-term relationship is built on the foundation of attachment security. Yet therapists cannot assume that helping a couple create a more secure bond will automatically lead to a better sexual relationship. Sexual issues often remain unresolved unless they are directly addressed, and most couples therapists lack specialized skills in sex assessment and intervention.

Therapists must be able to move between the relational and sexual systems to help the couple be aware of how they can negatively impact each other, which then creates emotional and sexual distance.

This clinically focused workshop will show you how to do a thorough assessment of the negative relational and sexual cycle so you can skillfully use EFT interventions to help a couple move toward deeper connection. Clear video case examples will demonstrate how to integrate psycho-educational and behavioral sex therapy interventions while at the same time continue building a more secure bond through increased vulnerability. The lecture will include the latest research on sexuality, age-related changes, and diversity.

This workshop is designed to help you:

  • Define different, new models of sexual response
  • Apply techniques of sexual assessment in EFT treatment in couples therapy
  • Identify negative cycles around sexual issues during de-escalation
  • Effectively use EFT interventions around sexual issues to create more secure bonds in couples that lead to greater sexual fulfillment

Zoya Simakhodskaya, is a clinical psychologist and Certified EFT Therapist, Supervisor, and Trainer. Her private practice in New York specializes in sexuality and working with cross-cultural and bilingual populations. She is Executive Director of the Board of NYCEFT and Director of the Center for Psychological and Interpersonal Development. She is on the faculty at NYU School of Medicine, CUNY Graduate Center & Rutgers University and lectures internationally.


Michael Moran is a psychotherapist and sex therapist in New York City. His practice focuses on the intersection of couples therapy & sex therapy. He is the only Certified EFT Therapist and Approved Supervisor Candidate who is also an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist in NYC. He is an adjunct professor at Rutgers University, where he teaches marriage and family therapy, as well as LGBTQ issues in contemporary society.