Sex as a safe adventure: connecting sexually and emotionally through EFT

With Zoya Simakhodskaya, Ph.D. (NY / USA)
  • Target Audience:

    Students and Healthcare Professionals

  • Total workload

    16 hours

  • Period

    August 14-15, 2020


  • Estudantes de graduação e sênior

    até 31/03: R$720,00; Até 30/06: R$750,00; após 01/07 R$780,00
  • Alunos ativos e ex-alunos CEFI

    Até 31/03: R$750,00; até 30/06: R$ 780,00; após 01/07 R$820,00
  • Profissionais

    Até 31/03 R$800,00; até 30/06: R$850,00; após 01/07 R$880,00
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Many couples undergoing couple therapy may complain about sexual issues: Discrepancies in desire, lack of attraction or sexual compatibility, arousal problems, orgasm, or bedroom challenges after having children, suffering infidelity or following trauma. From the point of view of Emotion-Focused Therapy, these complaints are often part of the underlying lack of security and bonding in the relationship caused by the negative cycle between partners. Sometimes, as partners shrink and become safer, sexual problems remain unresolved. However, many EFT therapists lack knowledge and skills in the area of sexual assessment and intervention. This workshop will introduce you to the updated research on sexuality relevant to EFT work with couples. You will learn how to make a thorough assessment of the negative relational and sexual cycle so that you can skillfully use EFT interventions to help the couple move toward the decline. This workshop will also address how to integrate psychoeducation and simple behavioral sex therapy interventions as the couple begins to move to Stage 2 while continuing to build secure bonds through increased vulnerability. This workshop will include lectures, video examples and experimental exercises.


Zoya Simakhodskaya, Ph.D. is an EFT-certified clinical psychologist and therapist, supervisor and instructor. Zoya has full-time clinical practice in New York with adults and couples, specializing in intercultural and bilingual population. She is a founding member and executive director of the NYCEFT Board of Directors. Zoya is also the founder and director of the Center for Psychological and Interpersonal Development, dedicated to high quality individual and couples therapy and EFT training. In addition to her practice in psychotherapy, Zoya has many years of experience providing emergency interventions at a psychiatric emergency department and continues as a faculty at NYU School of Medicine, CUNY Graduate Center and Rutgers University. Zoya presents and teaches in the US, plus Russia, Italy and England. She has a particular interest in the intersection of sexuality and couples therapy.

Program content

Day 1

9: 00-10: 45am Introduction, Overview of Sex and Attachment Theory Research, as well as Basic Principles of Sex Therapy


10: 45-11: 00 Break


11: 00-12: 30pm Evaluation of sexual issues in EFT; experimental exercise


12: 30-1: 30 Lunch


13: 30-2: 45pm EFT Step 1: Tracking Sexual and Relational Cycles; experimental exercise.

2: 45-3: 00pm Break


15: 00-4: 30pm Viewing and discussing video recordings of a stage 1 EFT couple session focused on sexual issues.


16:30 - 17:00 Questions and Answers, Discussion, Closing


Day 2

9: 00-10: 45am EFT Stages 1 and 2 Sex Therapy Interventions


10: 45-11: 00 Break


11: 00-12: 30pm EFT Step 2: Deepening the Emotion Related to Attachment Around Sexual Issues.


12: 30-1: 30 Lunch


13: 30-2: 45pm Viewing and discussing video recordings of a stage 2 EFT couple session focused on sexual dysfunction.


2: 45-3: 00pm Break


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EFT Stage 3. Working on issues of nonmonogamy, uncontrolled sexual behavior, and sexual trauma at EFT.


16:30 - 17:00 Questions and Answers, Discussion, Closing


  1. Participants may name different models of sexual response;

  2. Participants will be able to apply sexual assessment techniques in EFT treatment;

  3. Participants will be able to identify each partner's sexuality model based on their background;

  4. Participants will be able to identify a negative cycle around sexual issues in EFT Stage 1;

  5. Participants will be able to reshape sexual concerns from the perspective of attachment;

  6. Participants will learn how to effectively use Stage 2 EFT interventions around sexual issues to create safer bonds in couples, which leads to greater sexual fulfillment;

  7. Participants will be able to learn strategies for integrating sex therapy into EFT for couples;

  8. Participants will be able to identify sexual concerns that require referral to a specialist.