Intimacy and Medicalization of Sexual disorders MFT/lCSW

These are two different questions and should be answered separately with a minimum of 200 words each. Please include 1 in text cite.

1)Think of the conversations in relationships that you have had regarding sex. How can you use the information in the Lehman text from the work of John Gottman to help you work with a couple who is concerned about their sex and intimacy life? Discuss specifics aspects of the Gottman approach that may inform you in your work with couples and sex.

2)How would you approach an individual, a couple, or a family with the decisions of whether medical options for sexual disorders would actually solve their struggles? How would you go about assessing whether a sexual disorder, as the presenting problem, is a symptom of other mental health and relationship disorders or a medical problem? What do you see as the benefits and costs of the medicalization of sexual disorders (i.e., the quest to treat dysfunction with medication and surgery rather than psychotherapy)?

Reading if needed

Reading For Threaded Discussion 1:

Firestone, R. (2015). Voice Therapy. Good (Retrieve: Go to, Click on PsychPedia A-Z, Click on Types of Therapy and then click on Voice Therapy).

Chapter 9: Lehman, J. D. (2005). Understanding Marriage, Family, and Intimate Relationships. Springfield: Charles C Thomas. Retrieved from Ebscohost Database in the Touro Library

Reading For Threaded Discussion 2:

Chapter 12 in Lehmiller, J. J. (2014). The Psychology of Human Sexuality (1). Somerset, GB: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from

Milbury, K., & Badr, H. (2013). Sexual problems, communication patterns, and depressivesymptoms in couples coping with metastatic breast cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 22(4),

814–822. Retrieved from Academic Search Complete Database in the Touro Library.