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Can you please provide suggestions on how to address sexual issues in therapy when working with a couple.

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Research suggests that the best way to address issues in marital therapy is to focus on the couple's emotional responses and problems by changing how they interact with one another (e.g., Lum, 1973). Lum suggested an approach centred on the communication theory that focuses on emotional responses and interactional patterns that characterize marital distress. This therapeutic approach aims at re-processing emotions to bring about a change in the partners' communication exchange. Since this discussion will be on sexual issues, it is very important to listen and provide the couple with your support. Studies show that sexual problems have always been a matter of shame, nondisclosure and uneasiness (Bitzer, Piatano, Tschudin, & Alder, 2008; Schneider & Burton H. Schneider, 1996). The role of the therapist is to observe the pattern of the couples' interaction, and eventually get ...

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Alexis and Chris have been married for 3 years and initiated counseling to address lack of sexual intimacy in the relationship. Chris and Alexis report that, in the beginning of their relationship, they had an active sex life, having intercourse at least five times a week. However, for the last 3 months "things have changed." Chris and Alexis state that they have not been sexually intimate for 2 months and that they would like to increase frequency.

- How would the presenting problem be conceptualized from this perspective?
- What would be some examples of interventions from this perspective?
- Describe the role of the counselor from this perspective.

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