Overcoming the Fear of Intimacy

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CE Credit: 4

Length: 3 hours

Exam Items: 10

The workshop addresses barriers to achieving intimate relationships and offers methods for overcoming them. Participants will become familiar with destructive thought processes which coach self-protection and isolation over close interpersonal relating. A cognitive/affective/behavioral methodology that challenges these patterns and leads to closer personal relating and a heightened sense of individuality in each partner is discussed and illustrated through videotapes. Therapists will be able to help couples recognize and resist negative coaching, creating more intimate relationships. 

Learning Objective 1
Identify the impact of early childhood experiences on a person’s developing sexuality and the role it plays in adult romantic relationships. . 

Learning Objective 2
Utilize exercises to help clients understand and identify how views about sexuality form and how to overcome barriers to close sexual relationships.

Learning Objective 3
Describe the steps in applying Voice Therapy methodology with couples, particularly regarding issues relating to sexuality.  

Presenter: Lisa Firestone, PhD

Lisa Firestone, PhD is the Director of Research and Education at the Glendon Association. Since 1987, she has been involved in clinical training and applied research in the areas of suicide and violence. These studies resulted in the development of the Firestone Assessment of Self-Destructive Thoughts (FAST), the Firestone Assessment of Violent Thoughts (FAVT), and the Firestone Assessment of Suicide Intent (FASI), all published by PAR.  Dr. Firestone’s most recent publications include: Voice Therapy: A Treatment for Depression and Suicide (in R. Yufit and D. Lester, Eds, Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention of Suicidal Behavior); Suicide and the Inner Voice (in T. Ellis, Ed, Cognition and Suicide: Theory, Research and Practice); and Separation Theory and Voice Therapy Methodology Applied to the Treatment of Katie: A Diary-based, Retrospective Case Conceptualization and Treatment Approach (in D. Lester, Ed, The Secret Diary of Katie: Unlocking the Mystery of a Suicide.) 


Supplementary Materials

  • Handout