Sexual Fantasies in Therapy — Piper Grant lecture at Center for Healthy Sex

Center for Healthy Sex presents a lecture by Piper Grant, PsyD, MPH: “Understanding and Using Your Client’s Sexual Fantasies in Therapy”

“The Sex Experts” is a monthly professional lectures series for sex therapists and specialists to workshop and refine new material that they’ve been working with in an informal setting before their peers. Any particular statements expressed herein represent the views of the presenter(s) only, but not necessarily the perspective of Center for Healthy Sex (CHS). With this lecture series, CHS intends to explore important issues and encourage conversation within the therapeutic community, as well as provide a platform to emerging voices.

Lecture Description:

Sexual fantasy can offer incredible insight into a client’s varying scripts that underlie their behaviors, both sexual and non-sexual, and yet it is a topic that is often overlooked in therapy. As a topic that is often considered to be a taboo and not commonly spoken about in daily life, many people harbor shame, confusion, guilt, and misunderstandings about their fantasies.

Piper Grant, PsyD, MPH will address the often common question of “what is normal,” discuss how fantasies function to allow people to feel sexually aroused, and suggest strategies of how you can assist your clients in deepening their awareness of their sexual fantasies and how to use their fantasy to alleviate barriers in their sexual and non-sexual lives. Within the lecture, issues of values, beliefs, and differences in cultural ideas about fantasy will be addressed. Dr. Grant will utilize case examples to exemplify ways to address, assess, and integrate fantasy into your work.

Learning objectives:

• Identify the etiology and function of clients’ sexual fantasies

• Describe to the difference between shame fantasies and guilt fantasies

Piper Grant, PsyD, MPH specializes in working with couples and individuals in healing ruptures within their relationship, overcoming sexual dysfunction, deepening their intimacy, and (re)building a strong foundation within their relationship. She has extensive experience in working with individuals and couples on issues related to sex, intimacy, and trauma.

An AASECT trained sex therapist, Dr. Grant is currently a registered psychological assistant, working under the supervision of Drs. Bill and Ginger Bercaw at the California Center for Healing in Pasadena. Having always been interested in human sexuality and the strong role that sexuality plays in our life and feelings of personal wellbeing, Dr. Grant’s work goes beyond the walls of her therapy office. She has spoken internationally at conferences, seminars, and academic institutions. She regularly engages in community outreach and speaks within public forums on issues related to sexual health, HIV prevention, talking with teens about developing a healthy sexuality, and women’s issues.

Having studied at University of California Santa Barbara, University of California Los Angeles, and Alliant International University, Dr. Grant has extensively studied reproductive health, the physical and psychological facets of human sexuality, how traumatic sexual experiences both mentally and physically impact future sexual relationships, and the realms of clinical treatment for sexual dysfunctions.

Center for Healthy Sex (CHS) is a community therapy center in Los Angeles that specializes in the treatment of sexual dysfunction, sexual anorexia, porn addiction, sex addiction, and love addiction. Clients participate in the diverse programs, online courses and social services offered at Center for Healthy Sex – ranging from weekly support groups, couples sex therapy, and the 11-day Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) to online classes, free lectures and podcasts. Center for Healthy Sex was co-founded by Alexandra Katehakis, MFT, CST-S, CSAT-S, and Douglas Evans in 2005. Their stated mission is to offer men, women, and couples a safe place to receive professional psychotherapy to resolve shame, guilt, deception, or other barriers to healthy eroticism.

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