When: Wednesday-Friday, October 19-21, 2022; 10am-3pm ET
Where: On Zoom
Instructors: Zoya Simakhodskaya, PhD and Michael Moran, LCSW, CST
Rates: Regular Rate–$450; Student/Agency Rate*—$275

Additional Rate for CEs: $40 through R. Cassidy Seminars
CEs: 13.5 CEs approved for LMFTs, LICSWs, LMHCs, and Lic. Psychologists
Target Audience: Marriage & Family Therapists, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, Psychologists
Intermediate; prior completion of the Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is required

Hosted by the Center for Psychological and Interpersonal Development

Do your clients in relationships present with complaints of sexual issues, such as:

  • Discrepancies in desire
  • Boredom in the bedroom
  • Discovery of out of control sexual behaviors
  • Arousal or orgasmic problems
  • Sexual challenges after having children
  • Trouble after infidelity or in the wake of trauma?

From the perspective of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), such complaints are most often part of an underlying lack of security and bond in the relationship caused by the negative cycle between partners. At times, as the partners de-escalate and become more secure, sexual issues remain unresolved. Yet, many EFT therapists lack knowledge and skills in the area of sex assessment and intervention.

This workshop is designed to give you a strong foundation where sexual issues are the presenting problem in relationship therapy. Introduction to up-to-date research on current models of sexuality will be presented. You will learn how to do an assessment of both the negative relational cycle and the sexual cycle so you can skillfully work using EFT interventions with both cycles to help your clients move to de-escalation. This workshop will also address how to integrate psycho-education and simple behavioral sex therapy interventions as partners begin to move into Stage 2, while at the same time continuing to build a secure bond through increased vulnerability. We will also address sexual concerns in non-traditional relationships (ethical non-monogamy, kink, diverse sexual expressions). This workshop will include lecture, video examples, and experiential exercises.

Schedule (all times in ET):

Day 1, Wednesday, October 19, 2022
10-10:45am Introductions, overview of research on sex and attachment theory, as well as basic principles of sex therapy
10:45am-12:30pm Viewing and discussion of video recordings of an EFT Stage 1 couple session focused on sexual issues
12:30-1pm Break
1-2:30pm Assessment of sexual issues in EFT; experiential exercise
2:30-3pm Q&A, discussion, wrap-up

Day 2, Thursday, October 20, 2022
10-11am Stage 1 of EFT: tracking sexual and relational cycles; experiential exercise
11am-12:30pm Sex therapy interventions in Stage 1
12:30-1pm Break
1-1:30pm Stage 2 of EFT: deepening attachment related emotion around sexual issues
1:30-2:45pm Viewing and discussion of video recordings of an EFT Stage 2 couple sessions focused on sexual dysfunction
2:45-3pm Q&A, discussion, wrap-up

Day 3, Friday, October 21, 2022
10-10:45am Sex therapy interventions in Stage 2 of EFT
10:45am-12:30pm Viewing and discussion of video recordings of integrating sex therapy interventions in EFT stage 2 couple sessions
12:30-1pm Break
1-1:30pm Stage 3 of EFT
1:30-2pm Viewing and discussion of video recordings of integrating sex therapy interventions in EFT Stage 2 couple sessions
2-2:30pm Working in EFT with issues of non-traditional clients
2:30-3pm Q&A, discussion, wrap-up



Zoya Simakhodskaya, PhD is a licensed psychologist and certified EFT Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer. She is a founding member and Executive Director on the Board of Directors of NYCEFT. Zoya is also a Founder and Director of Center for Psychological and Interpersonal Development dedicated to high quality individual and relationship therapy and EFT training. Zoya has a full-time practice in Chelsea, NY with adults, couples and families, specializing in cross-cultural and bilingual population. In addition to her psychotherapy practice, Zoya has many years of experience providing crisis intervention in a psychiatric emergency service and continues as a voluntary faculty at NYU School of Medicine and CUNY Graduate Center. Zoya enjoys helping therapists learn EFT and teaches nationally and internationally, now bringing EFT to Russia and Ukraine. She has a particular interest in helping clients around issues of sexuality in relationships.

Michael Moran LCSW, CST is a psychotherapist, Certified EFT Couples Therapist and Supervisor, and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist based in New York, NY where he specializes at the intersection of relational and sexual challenges. He is the Founder and Director of The Center for Relational Fulfillment and is Senior Faculty at The Sex Therapy Collaborative, a division of the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy. In addition to his practice, Mike presents internationally training therapists to effectively address sexual issues in EFT couples therapy and has taught graduate courses in Marriage and Family Therapy and LGBTQ Practice in Contemporary Society at Rutgers University. Mike has also been featured on Esther Perel’s “Sessions” platform where she interviews leading psychotherapists regarding the theory and application of their clinical work. Additionally, he gives weekend workshops to couples geared to cultivate greater relational and sexual satisfaction. Mike views erotic energy as chi (life-force, creative vitality) and loves helping people remove the barriers to creating authentic, passionate connection, both emotionally and sexually. His website is www.fulfilledcouples.com.

*Agency Clinician/Student Rate: This discounted rate is for full time mental health students, active or former military, full time agency/hospital employee providing care to underserved and marginalized clients.

This program is being offered independent of any commercial support or conflict of interest.