Counseling Couples Before, During, and After Pregnancy

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Counseling Couples Before, During, and After Pregnancy

SKU# 9780826166647

Sexuality and Intimacy Issues

Author: Stephanie Buehler PsyD, CST-S


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This practical, evidence-based resource is the first available guide for health care providers and mental health professionals on advising and counseling couples and individuals who are experiencing sexual issues directly related to conception efforts, pregnancy, and the post-partum period. Authored by a noted sex therapist, the book offers providers current, accurate information about issues that can affect sexual activity surrounding pregnancy and offers proven strategies for effective counseling.

Providing a helpful framework for assessment, treatment, and when to refer a client to another health care provider, the book examines conception- and pregnancy-related sexual dysfunctions that both men and women may encounter. Underscoring the importance of maintaining a strong relationship between couples, the book is filled with practical guidance for treating both cisgender couples and the LBGT population. Also included are helpful checklists, forms, and patient handouts that can be used immediately. Couple and marriage counselors, nurse midwives, women’s health nurses, and other professionals whose practice includes work with couples and childbirth concerns, will find this book an unparalleled resource.

Key Features:

  • Addresses common issues and questions women, men, and couples have regarding sex prior to, during, and after pregnancy
  • Includes relevant information for both mental health professionals and health care providers in a variety of settings
  • Discusses assessing and treating common sexual concerns including approaches to brief counseling
  • Covers fertility issues, painful intercourse, intimacy problems, post-partum depression, reproductive loss, and traumatic labor and delivery
  • Authored by a recognized sex therapist and educator

Product Details 

  • Publication Date February 28, 2018
  • Page Count 198
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826166647

About The Author(s) 

Stephanie Buehler, PsyD, CST-S is an internationally recognized licensed psychologist and AASECT-Certified Sex Therapist and Supervisor. Dr. Buehler is Director of The Buehler Institute, where she provides sex and relationship therapy as well as continuing education programs. She is also part of Hoag for Her Center for Wellness, where she specializes in helping women overcome painful sex, as well as high-risk breast cancer patients. She has published on sexuality for both professional and lay audiences, including her books What Every Mental Health Professionals Need to Know About Sex, 2nd Edition and Sex, Love, and Mental Illness: A Couple's Guide to Staying Connected.

Table of Contents 



Part I: Foundations

    Chapter 1: Transition to Parenthood

    Chapter 2: Sexuality and Intimacy

    Chapter 3: Assessment

    Chapter 4: Women’s Sexual Problems

    Chapter 5: Men’s Sexual Problems

Part II: Reproduction, Sexuality, and Intimacy

    Chapter 6: Before Conception

    Chapter 7: Pregnancy

    Chapter 8: Postpartum Period

Part III: Helping Couples

    Chapter 9: Supporting LGBT Parents

    Chapter 10: Sexuality Counseling

    Chapter 11: Intensive Sex Therapy