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AASECT Summer Institute: Revisiting 'Sex Addiction' (Part 6) with Ruth Cohn, LMFT, CST

We interview Ruth Cohn, LMFT, CST in this sixth installment from the recent AASECT Summer Institute which was titled: Revisiting 'Sex Addiction': Transformative Ways to Address Out of Control Sexual Behavior. Ruth Cohn shares her approach with treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior in Couple's Therapy. She discusses how to take into account the power dynamics in the relationship. Ruth describes the weekend as "history in the making..."


Ruth Cohn is a Marriage and Family Therapist and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist living in San Francisco, CA. She has specialized in working with trauma survivors and their intimate partners and families since 1987. In 1997 she developed a special interest in working with couples. Largely from her own marriage, she discovered that the intimate partnership takes people to depths in themselves beyond what they can get to any other way. It can also be a vehicle for perhaps the most profound healing imaginable. Inspired, she began to evolve this theory and practice of working with couples who have histories of trauma and neglect.

Ruth is trained in Harville Hendrix’s Imago Relationship Therapy, which is an important component of her work. Because trauma is so much an experience of the nervous system and the entire body, she became an impassioned student of brain science, the body psychotherapies and neurofeedback, which also strongly influence her thinking and practice. She loves working with couples and sustains great hope and optimism about the potential for healing both intimacy and sexuality.