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Lesbian Couple

Integrating Sex and Sexuality in EFT Couples’ Work

Have you experienced the dilemma of helping couples achieve greater emotional connection through EFT, and yet found that this does not always translate directly into greater sexual desire, contact and flexibility between the partners?

This workshop will present a frame for understanding that dilemma, and offer approaches for more fully integrating sexual concerns into our EFT work, with the goal of helping couples take new risks with each other so that they can share a more vibrant sexual connection.

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About the trainers

Silvina Irwin, PhD, Certified EFT Trainer, Supervisor, and Therapist

Dr Silvina Irwin is a licensed clinical psychologist in Los Angeles. Under the mentorship of Dr. Sue Johnson, founder of EFT for Couples, Silvina offers trainings in LA and other select US and International areas.  She is co-founder of the EFT Resource Center in Pasadena, CA, which provides EFT psychotherapy services to the community and offers training and supervision to therapists in Emotionally Focused Therapy. In her psychotherapy practice, Dr. Irwin specializes in working with survivors of trauma and relationship distress. In addition, Dr. Irwin has developed and facilitated workshops for couples who want to deepen and enrich their sexual connection.

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About the trainers

Lisa Blum, PsyD, Certified EFT Therapist and Supervisor

Lisa Blum is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in promoting healthy couple and family relationships through an attachment lens. Dr. Blum is co-founder of the EFT Resource Center in Pasadena, CA, which provides EFT psychotherapy services to the community and offers training and supervision in EFT. Dr. Blum works with both queer and straight couples, and with adults forming families in new and creative ways. Since the beginning of her career, Dr. Blum has been involved in teaching, research, and practice in the field of sexuality.

About this workshop

Participants will be able to:

  • Analyze a couple’s sexual relationship distress from an attachment frame, and outline a couple’s negative sexual cycle.

  • Describe good process and relevant content for taking a thorough sexual history.

  • Identify 2 or more models of sexual engagement and response, including the Dual Control Model of Sexuality.

  • Outline interventions to help couples restart “safe touch”, including Sensate Focus and other mindful touch interventions.

  • List markers within the clinical process that indicate good timing to introduce touch exercises.

  • Outline an approach to introduce and process with a couple their sexual touch exercises for maximum effectiveness.

  • Demonstrate increased self-awareness of possible blocks to one’s own comfort and flexibility in processing sexual content in couples therapy.

Our bilingual format allows participants to attend in the original language of the trainer (English) or to attend to an optional simultaneous French translation channel!

* This training will be recognized for Continuing Education by the Order of Psychologists of Québec (OPQ). A certificate of participation including the OPQ recognition number will be given to participants. 

* Continuing Education credits for US-based therapists will be provided by Illuminated Education.  Participants can purchase 12.5 CE credits in the amount of $42 CAD (txs incl.).

Inclusion and accessibility are at the heart of our values. We strive to increase inclusion and accessibility both linguistically, by creating varied learning opportunities for French-speaking communities, and financially. Among our initiatives, we offer an equity rate to 10% of registrations for each training workshop to encourage the participation of therapists from marginalized communities. 


SAVE THE DATE: Friday, February 2 & Monday, February 5, 2024


Eastern (Quebec): 10am-5pm

Pacific: 7am-2pm

PLACE: Online training

COST: $550CAD txs included

Equity rate (students & members of underrepresented communities): $490CAD txs included*

EFT Supervisors' special rate (40% discount): $330CAD txs included

PREREQUISITE: Externship or equivalent

*5 equity scholarships will be available for this training, distributed on a first come-first serve basis

* This event will not be recorded.

Consult the Policies section of our website to learn more about our registration policies.

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