chapter  55
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Brief Sex Therapy

ByDouglas Flemons, Shelley Green

Most clients come to us with the expectation, or at least the hope, that we will be able to help them contain or cure a problem that they locate inside of themselves or someone else. We respect our clients and work hard to develop an empathic understanding of their experiential world; however, we never accept such a request at face value. Problems, from our perspective, are best conceived not as things that reside inside of people but, rather, as patterns of relationship, unfolding through time.1 Such relationships are comprised of interweaving strands of both intrapersonal experience (thoughts, sensations, emotions, behaviors, images, perceptions) and interpersonal experience (verbal and nonverbal communications within a couple, a family, an extended family, a group, and so on).2