What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know About Sex

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What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know About Sex

SKU# 9780826171214

Author: Stephanie Buehler PsyD, CST-S


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"This book is a wonderful new resource that bridges sexual health and psychotherapy clearly and confidently. Its clear organization makes it very user-friendly for the non-sex therapist. I look forward to using it in my own work as well as for teaching and training."

Douglas Braun-Harvey, MA, MFT and Certified Sex Therapist
Co-Founder, The Harvey Institute: Improving Health Care Through Integration of Sexual Health
Author, Sexual Health in Recovery and Sexual Health in Drug and Alcohol Treatment

Dr. Stephanie Buehler is an esteemed clinician in the field of sex therapy who shares her vast knowledge and insights about treating sexual problems in this wide-ranging reference book for clinicians.

Wendy Maltz, LCSW, DST
Author of The Sexual Healing Journey and coauthor of The Porn Trap

"[The book] is clearly relevant to all allied and mental health professionals who want to increase their comfort level and knowledge about sexuality... It is noteworthy that Buehler has included a chapter titled "Parents' Questions About Sex." This theme is rarely addressed in sexuality resource guides. Buehler's experience as an elementary school teacher, a trainer of teachers about sexuality, as well as a parent, equipped her with the foundation to write this chapter... Significant features of each chapter include activities for the reader, clinical vignettes, references, and additional resourcesÖ Buehler's [book] is a readable and comprehensive book that serves as a landmark resource on sexuality for all mental health professionals."--Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy

[Buehler] demystifies the role of sex in therapy by expanding mental health professionals' knowledge of common sexual issues through outlining stereotypes, appropriate language, sexual anatomy, sexual health and sexual problems, as well as assessment and treatment... What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know about Sex provides a framework to expand upon the reader's current knowledge of sexual issues with diverse populations. Moreover, it serves as a guide containing techniques for mental health professionals to utilize in their future work with clients."--The Professional Counselor

Although sexual issues frequently arise in therapeutic practice, mental health professionals are often uncomfortable and poorly equipped to address them. Written by an author who is both a psychologist and sex therapist, this practical guide provides information, tools, and exercises to increase the confidence and comfort of the mental health professional called upon to treat sexual issues during the course of therapy. The book is based on the premise that the therapist must be comfortable with his or her own sexuality in order to offer appropriate treatment.

This guide discusses the characteristics of healthy sexuality-for both client and therapist-and explores the reasons that may underlie a therapist's discomfort with addressing sexual issues. Using case studies and sample dialogues, it covers a multitude of common and unusual sexual problems, couple's issues, questions that parents may have about sex, working with LGBT clients, sex for survivors of trauma, sexuality and aging, sexual pain disorders, and how to assess whether more extensive sexual therapy is needed. The guide demonstrates how therapists in different modalities can incorporate treatment of sexual problems into their practice, and covers relevant ethical issues.

Included is a downloadable set of practitioner's resources that includes worksheets and client handouts that can be immediately put to use. Additionally, the book provides resources for more in-depth information and discusses collaboration with other health professionals.

Key Features:

  • Discusses how to comfortably and effectively discuss, assess, and treat clients' sexual concerns
  • Supported by case studies and therapist/clinician dialogues
  • Includes "Step Into My Office" sidebars taken from the author's own experience
  • Provides downloadable resources including assessments, worksheets, and client handouts

Product Details 

  • Publication Date July 29, 2013
  • Page Count 328
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826171214
  • EISBN 9780826171221

Online Supplements 

Visit SpringBoard, the official blog of Springer Publishing Company, to read author Stephanie Buehler's articles, including:

Table of Contents 




Part I: The Courage to Treat Sexual Problems

Chapter 1: Sexuality and the Mental Health Profession

Chapter 2: Making the Shift: Comfort with Sexuality

Chapter 3: Sexual Anatomy and Psychosocial Development

Chapter 4: Defining Sexual Health

Part II: Assessing and Treating Sexual Concerns

Chapter 5: Assessing Sexual Problems

Chapter 6: Women’s Sexual Health Problems

Chapter 7: Men’s Sexual Health Problems

Chapter 8: Common Problems in Couples Sex Therapy

Chapter 9: Parents’ Questions about Sex

Chapter 10: Therapy with Sexual Minorities

Chapter 11: Sexuality and Mental Health Problems

Chapter 12: Sexual Recovery in Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivors

Chapter 13: Sexual Pain Disorders

Chapter 14: Sexuality and Reproduction

Chapter 15: Sexuality and Medical Problems

Chapter 16: Sexuality and Aging

Chapter 17: Problematic Pornography Viewing Behavior

Chapter 18: Alternate Sexual Practices

Part III: Ethics and Practice of Sex Therapy

Chapter 19: Ethical Management of Sex Therapy Casework

Chapter 20: Sex Therapy: Now and in the Future

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Dr. Stephanie Buehler, a Sex Therapist, Discusses Her Inspiration for "Step Into My Office" Feature

When I began writing my book What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know about Sex, I knew I wanted to include case material, but I wasn’t certain what form it would take.  I did know, however, that I wanted to create a reader-friendly, accessible resource on ... Read More