Training For Therapists


My mission is to help all therapists feel comfortable, competent, and confident discussing sex and relational intimacy in therapy.

Sex and sexuality are natural, healthy aspects of life! For many people, they are also important parts of developing a sense of identity and connecting deeply in relationship. Yet few therapy training programs address sex and sexuality adequately or equip their graduates with immediately applicable, effective strategies for discussing sexual concerns with clients.

Some clients turn to specialists, such as certified sex therapists, to discuss their concerns. But there aren’t nearly enough specialists to help everyone who has a sex issue, since sex issues affect everyone at one time or another. And frankly, many clients with concerns about sex don’t actually need a specialist. They do need a therapist who can discuss sex and relational intimacy comfortably and skillfully, use effective treatment strategies, and confidently identify situations that do need referral to a specialist.

I offer online courses for therapists of any experience level or area of specialty, in-person workshops and classes for therapists, consultation for therapists about sex issues and relationship therapy, and supervision for therapists in training. All of my training offerings focus on skillfully discussing sex and relational intimacy in therapy, and they include robust and reliable treatment interventions that will change your practice, and your clients’ lives, right away.

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Hear Martha discuss working with desire discrepancy on Shane Birkel’s podcast The Couples Therapist Couch.

Lauren Ostrowski

"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

Dian Rains Allen

"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

Caron Smith

"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

Brenda Kerr Minno

"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

Nancy St. John

"Martha is such an incredibly skilled teacher. She has such clarity in the way she presents, and she’s the complete expert in what she does. Her passion for her work comes across very strongly, and she has a way of being able to make complicated subjects really easy to understand."

-Nancy St. John, Couples Counselor, Tullamore Ireland

Alexa Elkington

"Martha is amazing; 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.She makes herself available to answer questions, and is accepting and supportive of every student wherever they may be on the learning curve.I have taken many, many courses about sex and this was the best course I have ever taken."

-Alexa Elkington, MFT, Las Vegas, NV


Learn more about the online trainings Martha offers.

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Not in Madison? Invite Martha to hold a workshop in your area.

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Are you hitting roadblocks working with your client’s intimate issues? I can help.

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Are you working towards AASECT certification as a sex therapist? Consider getting your supervision from Martha.

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