Maha Nasrallah-Babenko presents a culturally sensitive and uniquely accessible guide that equips clinicians, student sex therapists, and female clients with the tools to confidently treat genito-pelvic pain and penetration disorders (GPPPD). 

Addressing the issue from an integrated approach, the book provides evidence-based information and sensate, solo and partner practical exercises derived from the author’s experience to help clinicians support women in redefining their relationship with sex, their bodies, and their partners. With a special focus on those from conservative and religious backgrounds, this beautifully illustrated text emphasizes the psychological, emotional, and relational factors that may increase shame and fear surrounding sex. The book defines GPPPD before outlining the author’s ABCs approach, awareness, body, control, and safety, where she examines topics such as sexual abuse, how to communicate with you partner, sexual beliefs and messages, the importance of arousal, vulnerability and assertiveness, and shifting the significance of penetration for an enjoyable sex life.

This book is essential reading for training and established sex therapists, family therapists, and couple therapists looking to support those struggling with sexual intimacy, as well as the couples seeking their help.

chapter 2|20 pages

Psychological and Emotional Factors

chapter 3|13 pages

Between Control and Vulnerability

chapter 4|15 pages

Relational Factors

chapter 5|27 pages

Mastering Her Body

chapter 6|20 pages

Incorporating the Partner

chapter |3 pages


Closing Words and Beyond