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605 | The Intimacy Pyramid: Healthy Sexual Reintegration After Infidelity

Love and Sex: Men, Women, and Relationships, Saturday 9/16 8:45 – 10:00 AM, Workshop Tracks


Joanna Raabsmith, M.S.; Matthew Raabsmith, M.Div.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




Couples seeking restoration in sexual intimacy in marriages damaged by sexual addiction, infidelity, or betrayal want to know and follow the right path and timing for healing. This presentation will introduce “The Intimacy Pyramid” model, which licensed mental health professionals can utilize as a guide for navigating couples seeking to restore healthy connections expressed through sexual intimacy. This model utilizes the strategic components: Honesty, Safety, Trust, Vulnerability, and Intimacy. Each phase offers practical steps for support professionals to balance both individual work and relational restoration. This approach appropriately values the trauma experience of the betrayed partner. It locates the healing for both individuals within the relationship, facilitating greater relational outcomes for couples who want to restore. This workshop will include how each phase of restoring intimacy is properly addressed in a post-betrayal relationship and how to use the appropriate interventions to build long-term healthy sexual engagement in couples.

Learning Objectives

1. Develop a well-crafted treatment plan for clients that assists them in rebuilding sexual intimacy after the damaging effects of sexual addiction, infidelity, and betrayal
2. Utilize specific interventions around issues of honesty, safety, trust, and vulnerability as they are applicable to be incorporated into an overall treatment plan
3. Apply the appropriate counseling strategies and tools to incorporate when building relational and sexual intimacy and asses a couple’s progress toward their desired goals
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