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Transforming Sexual Narratives

A Relational Approach to Sex Therapy

Suzanne Iasenza


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Transforming Sexual Narratives offers readers the opportunity to address complex sexual problems through Narrative Relational Sex Therapy (NRST), an original approach that Suzanne Iasenza has developed during twenty-five years of clinical practice.

This method presents a deeper, richer way of thinking about sexual challenges that has enabled clients to successfully rewrite their mistaken narratives to reclaim pleasure, intimacy, and satisfaction in their erotic lives. Drawing on the strengths of three very different therapeutic traditions - psychoanalytic, couple and family systems, and sex therapy - it delivers a fresh and dynamic way of understanding the complex interrelationship between personal, social, cultural, and familial sexual narratives. Chapters include conversations with diverse couples and individuals from all kinds of backgrounds and cultures, who exist in every kind of body, and in each case show how unconscious and harmful narratives can be transformed into healthy and pleasurable sex lives.

This essential guide will help therapists to identify their client's secret sexual stories and enable them to rewrite their inner narratives and relationship with sexuality for the better. Sex therapists will be able to integrate a relational perspective into behavioral treatment, individual and couple therapists will be able to weave sexuality into general psychotherapy, and psychoanalysts will be able to use the sexual history to identify early dynamics that affect adult intimacy.

Routledge, 9780367205744, 180pp.

Publication Date: May 5, 2020

About the Author

Suzanne Iasenza is a psychologist and sex therapist based in New York City. She is a faculty member at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, the Ackerman Institute for the Family, and the Adelphi University Post-Graduate Program in Psychoanalysis.