Assessing and Treating Sex Issues in Psychotherapy – CI

Are You Comfortable, Competent, and Confident
Talking About Sex in Therapy?

If not, I can help.

My 16-week online training can be a transformative journey for any therapist, regardless of specialty. By the end of the training, you will

  • Feel comfortable opening the conversation about sex with every client
  • Build a roadmap for how to continue the conversation with confidence
  • Ground your knowledge of sex and sexuality in accurate, hard-to-find information and effectively share that knowledge with your clients
  • Expertly use a variety of unique tools and interventions specifically designed to improve your effectiveness working with sex issues
  • Have a solid understanding of healthy sexuality and sexual function
  • Understand how to assess and treat, or refer, many common sex issues
  • Know where to go for more information when needed

You will be well supported along the way. The learning experience includes

  • 8 teleconference class meetings with me to ask questions and apply course materials through case discussion
  • Private online discussion group where you and your colleagues can ask me questions, discuss cases and support one another on the journey
  • Access to a robust annotated resource list for further study, organized by topic for easy access when you need it

I hope you will join me for the 2017 group because I know your clients need you to be able to discuss sex issues with competence, and confidence. And I want you to feel comfortable doing so.

Who Am I and Why Am I Offering this Training?

I am Martha Kauppi. I am an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, and lifelong educator. I think you should know that only about 20% of the clients I see truly need a specialist. Most of them—the vast majority—just need a competent therapist with accurate information about sex and the ability to feel comfortable discussing sex frankly and directly. I am on a mission to create a community of therapists who can do just that, and do so effectively.

Imagine a world where every client can expect they will be able to find a therapist who feels comfortable discussing any issue they bring, even sex. A world in which every therapist truly is someone clients can talk to about anything. That’s the world I’m working toward by teaching this course and inviting you to be part of it.

Being a therapist who talks about sex will definitely set you apart. You will have a significant competitive edge, and more importantly, you will quickly notice how effective it is to identify a sex issue and address it directly. Your clients will love you for it.

Hundreds of therapists have taken courses and been in consulting groups with me and many have told me I created a transformational experience for them that they could never have anticipated, regardless of their comfort level at the start.

My course is significantly different from an information-based course about sexual dysfunction. It is also very different from a theory-based course covering broad concepts. This course will provide what you need to develop real skill and comfort talking about sex with clients, AS WELL AS how to work effectively with a broad variety of sex issues. From the first day of class to the last, you will steadily gain approaches and interventions you can use immediately; tools that will make a difference to your clients and your practice from the start.

And I will be right there the entire way, to answer your questions, consult as you move into new material and skills with your clients, and support you in your journey.

Class size is limited, and I won’t offer this course again this year.
Enroll now to reserve your spot.

Take the leap. Join me on the journey from “I can’t do that” to “Oh! I see how to do that” to “I can’t believe I’m doing this!” to “Wow.”

What you get from me

  • Immediate access to the first learning module when you sign up
  • 9 learning modules including study guides, print materials, video materials with transcripts and audio only tracks, and both print and video materials for you to use with your clients.
  • 8 in-person conference calls with the cohort and me to process material, ask questions personally, and get support when you need it. The conference calls will be recorded for listening later if you are unable to attend in person.
  • A private online discussion group to share the journey, discuss material, share links to resources, give and get feedback, and form community with your cohort and me.
  • 20 CEUs approved from the Wisconsin Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, following a post-test.
  • A detailed syllabus, learning objectives, and post-test which you can use to request your own professional organization grant you CEUs. (Granting of CEUs is entirely at the discretion of each professional organization.)
  • A certificate of completion, suitable for framing.
  • A badge of completion to display on your website, indicating that you are a therapist your clients can talk to about sex.

Sign up today for “Assessing and Treating Sexual Issues in Psychotherapy”

Course Price: $395

Initial payment of $195, and two easy monthly payments of $100 each.


get a discounted fee of $355 if paid up front in a single payment

I won’t offer this again this year, so if 2017 is the year for you to gain confidence and competence talking about sex in therapy, sign up now.

Sign up now

When you enroll, you will get immediate access to the first learning module. On May 1, 2017, we will get underway with the course rhythm of every-other-week a learning module, and alternate weeks, conference calls. I hope you’ll join me!

Money-Back Guarantee

Nobody should pay for something they feel isn’t benefiting them. If at any time during the first 8 weeks of the course you feel you are not becoming more effective, knowledgeable, and comfortable talking about sex in the normal course of therapy, I will happily give you a full refund.


Course Outline

Assessing and Treating Sex Issues in Psychotherapy—Level 1

Module 1: Getting Under Way

  • Meet your colleagues and start building community.
  • Get motivated for the journey: becoming a therapist who can help with sex–why and how.
  • Process versus content: a powerful tool for holding steady when the going gets rough.
  • Overview of brief assessment: initiating a frank conversation with confident, carefully crafted questions.

Module 2: Healthy Sexuality and Sexual Health: Building a Solid Foundation for Treatment

  • Learn four components of healthy sexuality and their relevance to therapy
  • Explore identifying healthy sexuality with diverse sexual practices.
  • Explore different meanings clients may have for sex and how/when to normalize sexual expression.
  • Conceptualizing the case: sexual, physical and emotional aspects of sex issues.

Module 3: Three-Tier Assessment: identifying and Working with the Issues–Deep Dive Part 1

  • Know when to go beyond the brief assessment and how to do so with skill using the second-tier tool.
  • Work effectively with desire issues in multiple contexts.
  • Understand how sex pain influences the system, and how to help effectively.

Module 4: Three-Tier Assessment: Identifying and Working with the Issues–Deep Dive Part 2

  • Learn several approaches to third-tier, in-depth assessment and when to use them.
  • Identify potentially dangerous issues and make appropriate referrals.
  • Work with arousal and orgasm issues through multiple entry points.

Module 5: Pelvic Anatomy: Not Just for Reproduction

  • Update your knowledge of sexual anatomy. Unless you’re either a sex geek or an anatomy geek, there may be some surprises here!
  • Understand sexual function so you can work with dysfunction.
  • Free downloadable video: Martha provides hard-to-find anatomy information to your clients so you don’t have to memorize.

Module 6: Linear Versus Circular Model of Sex: Indispensable Key to Treating any Sex Issue

  • Understand the cultural norm for “sex,” or, the Linear Model and how it creates sexual dysfunction.
  • Learn the Circular Model and how to teach it.
  • Pros and cons of self-pleasure as a therapeutic intervention and how to get the benefits without the drawbacks.
  • Learn hard-to-find accurate information about sex, and debunk myths that keep your clients stuck.

Module 7: Supporting Progress with the Linear Versus Circular Model of Sex: Toolbox

  • How to help with the pitfalls clients will encounter when exploring this material
  • Learn how the Dual Control Model can free your clients from finger pointing and start a collaborative conversation.
  • Learn the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy’s Initiator/Inquirer process, a powerful tool for supporting differentiation.

Module 8: Physiology of Arousal: Becoming a Sexual Problem-Solver

  • Learn how multiple body systems work together to create healthy sexual function.
  • Understand and share powerful strategies for improving sexual health when clients experience sexual dysfunction.
  • Know how and where an understanding of physiology fits into your treatment plan.

Module 9: Desire Discrepancy: Pulling Together your Toolbox and Putting It into Practice

  • Gain confidence helping clients with a wide range of uneven desire presentations.
  • Disarm the power struggle and negative feedback loop, to be replaced with collaboration and positive reinforcement.
  • Identify opportunities for effective psychoeduction and intervention.
  • Always have a plan and know how to proceed with confidence


Q: What is the difference between this course and other online offerings about sex?

A: I designed my course to bridge the gap between having information and actually using it. To that end, I teach practical, effective, immediately-applicable tools you can put to use in your practice. I want you to be able to begin building confidence through experiencing success right from the start. I provide plenty of hard-to-find accurate information about sex, but always in the context of interventions I’m presenting.

Q: How much individualized attention does this course include?

A: I want you to have the support you need as you put new ideas and techniques into practice. Whenever you get stuck or have a question or challenging case, I’ll be there. You will be able to post to the online discussion group at any time, and there will be 8 one-hour conference calls as well. If you are unable to make the conference calls, you can send me your questions and then listen later. I recognize you are taking a leap into new territory, and as you begin to apply the material in your own practice, I’m here to help.

Q: Who is the ideal candidate for this course?

A: If you believe sex should be normalized and is important enough to include in therapy, and you are willing to step out of your comfort zone and try out some new skills, you are the ideal participant. If you work with desire discrepancy or any other sex issue and don’t feel effective enough, this will also be a great course for you. If you never had any training in doing therapy with sex issues, my course can really help, as it is skills-based as well as providing lots of information. If you prefer to try out new material and skills with lots of support, this course is for you.

Q: How much time will it take?

A: : It depends. Past participants tell me around 3 hours per week. Every 2 weeks there will be new material that should take about 2 hours to get through. On alternate weeks there is a 60-75 minute conference call; if you are unable to attend in person, you can send me your questions and then listen to the recording at your convenience. I also encourage you to set aside time for getting and receiving support through the online forum because I think interaction with your colleagues and with me provides significant value, and will help you feel supported as you try new things. The course materials provide lots of problem-specific material you may not need to digest immediately, and I also provide many additional resources for when you need them. You will be prepared for anything, but much of it can be saved for when you have a related case.

Q: Can I get CEUs?

A. My course is approved for 20 CEUs from the Wisconsin Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, after completion of a post-test and evaluation. If you want to request CEUs from your own professional organization, you may take the post-test, and I will give you a certificate of completion with a detailed syllabus and learning objectives to support your request. Your professional organization guidelines should give you a good indication of whether they will accept my course for CEUs, but I cannot guarantee or predict the outcome.

Q: Will I have to self-disclose?

A. No. Never. I will not ask personal questions, and I do not expect you to disclose anything personal. If you have a question about anything at all regarding sex or working with sex issues in therapy, I’m happy to answer, and I do not need to know if you are asking on your own behalf or a client’s.

Q: Do I need to know a lot about sex before taking your course?

A. Not at all. My course will provide you with a lot of accurate information about sex so you will feel confident moving forward. You will need to have some desire to have frank conversations about sex in the service of being effective working with related issues, but my course is entirely suitable for participants with no experience working with sex issues.

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“Martha is a fantastic teacher. It was clear from the beginning how experienced she is.”

Sarah Ludington, LPC, Denver CO

“Martha made herself so available for us… her very calm and matter-of-fact approach to this topic creates an openness and acceptance in the class environment I have seldom experienced with other teachers.”

Alexa Elkington, MFT, Las Vegas, NV

“She’s the complete expert in what she does, and has a way of making complicated subjects really easy to understand.”

Nancy St John, couples counselor, Ireland

“Some of what I learned applies to me and my life partner. I’m more relaxed, happier, more confident, and more content as a person.”

Rev. Erich moraine, Certified IFS practitioner, Milwaukee, WI

One month after the end of Martha’s course, I am still organizing, integrating, and most importantly using the amazing wealth of very useful material. I will be happily referring colleagues when her course opens again!

Brenda Kerr Minno, LMFT, LMHC–Bellevue, WA

Martha’s course material is excellent, and I can’t tell you how much I enjoy having access to quality information. I am asking my clients about sex more often, and am becoming more relaxed in my approach to it. I put a link to Sex Resources on my website’s homepage, and consequently, I am getting more clients who have issues pertaining to sexuality. It’s great!

Caron Smith, MSW–Victoria, Canada

Martha Kauppi’s brilliant course for therapists has invigorated and enhanced my practice with couples and individuals enormously. My clients benefit by my growing ability to address specific issues of concern in their sex lives. Myths and biases are replaced with facts and applicable approaches for change. I was amazed how comfortable my clients and I became with addressing these issues. Martha is so generous and welcoming with her information and abundant resources, experience, online seminar leadership, and knowledge. My only regret is that I had not taken this course earlier.

Dian Rains Allen, Ph.D., MFT, LPCC–Vallejo California

Martha’s course was immensely valuable. I learned so much, even beyond what applies to sex issues. Her elaboration on content and process, consent, the dual control model (which I think is applicable in so many ways) are just a few extras that proved to be extremely useful. The linear vs circular model and the very user-friendly Will Lily assessment tool make what used to be difficult information to get out on the table so accessible.

Helene Beddingfield, RN, ATR, LMFT–Fair Oaks, CA

Martha’s course is deeply informative, but also highly relatable for someone like myself without previous sex therapy training. I feel like I reference something that I learned in 80% of my sessions (and in my personal life, as well!)

Julie Gladnick, MA, LMFT–Denver, CO

Martha provides a very safe learning environment for what can be a sensitive subject. She not only explains why therapists should open the door to a dialogue about sexuality, but also provides an incredibly effective screening tool and information about what to do or ask, as many different scenarios unfold in sessions. As my knowledge base grew exponentially, I learned many ways to help my clients articulate what they want with regard to sex and how partners can express this to each other. Martha gives a tremendous amount of herself and her knowledge to the course and she is committed to each person’s learning and understanding. This is very clearly her passion.

Lauren Ostrowski, MA, LPC, NCC, DCC, CCTP
Pottstown, PA

Hi, Martha, I just wanted to let you know that I had my first ‘circular model of sex’ discussion with two men. if you had told me a year ago that I would do this, I would’ve said you were nuts. Thank you!!

CG, LMFT—Licensed in MN and WI

Martha has an incredible talent to teach complicated material in a digestible way. Every time I have heard Martha present, I have implemented what I have learned in my sessions right away. I am incredibly grateful for all I have learned from Martha and believe the couples I work with have benefited from all she has taught me.

Kelly Scharver, Couples Counselor, Virginia