Sex in the Cycle


Fri, May 10, 2024    
9:00 am - 4:30 pm


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Depaul University
1 E. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL, 60604

Event Type


Sex in the Cycle


Event Information

Presenter: Laurie Watson, PhD, LMFT
Date/Time: Friday, May 10, 2024, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm CST
Location: Depaul University, 1 E. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL
$225 / $195 for ChicagoEFT members (log in for member pricing)
$30 for 6 CE credits

About the Workshop

Good news: if you’re a couple therapist, you’re also a sex therapist! Therapists have been taught that working with sexuality is a specialty, but it’s not. It can’t be. Why? Attachment theory demonstrates that there are three behavioral cycles in a romantic relationship: emotional, sexual, and caretaking. Together, they form the strongest bond between the partners. Sex particularly comprises the excitement and vitality in a romantic relationship. The power of sex in a relationship isn’t simply body parts and physiology; it’s a force of attachment.

Unfortunately, most couple therapists get very little training in how to work with sex. Using the lens of Emotionally Focused Therapy, Dr. Laurie Watson will teach about a couple’s pursue-withdraw cycles emotionally and sexually and how each interacts and influences the other. You will get practice in different ways to bring up sex in session and a rationale for why this should be early in treatment. Participants will learn a technique to help a couple see their negative sexual attachment cycle and begin to transform their protective defenses. Watch example videotapes on processing. Step through 5 common sexual dysfunctions. Learn some basic sexual facts about anatomy and physiology.

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn to:

  1. Identify the key assumptions of attachment theory as it applies to adult sexuality.
  2. Discuss a hyperactive and hypoactive strategy, respectively, of the sexual pursuer and sexual withdrawer.
  3. Identify how protective defenses of one partner trigger more of their partner’s defense forming a negative looping cycle.
  4. Organize a couple’s sexual conflict using specificity and deepening their emotions with the EFT acronym TEMPO.
  5. Name two reasons to refer when working with five of the most common sexual dysfunctions.
  6. Name one sexual dysfunction caused by diabetes.


About the Presenter

Laurie Watson, PhD, LMFT

A doctorate in Sexology, Laurie Watson, PhD, LMFT has been a licensed marriage family therapist for over three decades and is certified in EFT and AASECT sex therapy. She is the author of Wanting Sex Again – How to Rediscover Desire and Heal a Sexless Marriage and a sex blogger for WebMD and Psychology Today with over 40 million reads and the owner, director and supervisor for Awakenings Counseling for Couples and Sex Therapy and Counseling Near Me throughout North Carolina. She co-hosts the popular sex podcast FOREPLAY – Couples and Sex Therapy with over 10 million downloads.





More Details

    • Registration will close Wednesday, May 8th, 6:00 pm CST.
    • Please add to your contacts to receive further information about this training.
    • Participants attending the seminar will earn 6 CE credits for attending the entire program. Partial credits will not be offered.
    • ChicagoEFT is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs (#168.000220), Psychologists (#268.000137) and for LCSWs and LCPCs (#159.000961). ChicagoEFT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
    • The training will not be recorded.
    • Discounts are available for students, active military, veterans, therapists who work with under-resourced populations, and therapists who reside in developing regions of the world. Send an email to for information on receiving 25% off the non-member price.



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