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Sex Therapy: An Introduction – 4 CEU Hours

CEU Love is an approved continuing education provider through the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)’s Continuing Education Provider Approval (CEPA) for the Board of Behavioral Sciences’ licensees in compliance with the California Code of Regulations Title 16 §1887 et seq.; Provider #136347.

This approval covers the following mental health licensees in California:

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT)
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW)
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC) and
  • Licensed Educational Psychologists (LEP)

*This approval may meet the approval criteria for acceptance by licensing boards in other states. It is your responsibility to check with your state licensing board to ensure that this course meets its criteria for approval.*

Course Description:

The focus of this course is to provide mental health professionals with a basic understanding of sex therapy when working with individual and couples clients. As an introductory course, we provide learners with evidence-based approaches to sex therapy and practical clinical interventions for engaging clients in discussions around sex and sexuality. The main goal of this course is to help equip mental health professionals with a better understanding of how to work with clients in regard to sex, intimacy, and addictive behaviors effectively within their clinical work. 

Course Objectives:

  1. Distinguish sex therapy from sex addiction therapy
  2. Describe two models for addressing sex in therapy
  3. Recognize out-of-control sexual behavior 
  4. Utilize evidence-based treatment interventions when working with individual and couple clients in regard to sex and sex therapy.  
  5. Evaluate sexual wellness with your individual and couple clients by asking appropriate and helpful questions about sex and sexuality. 

Course Platform:

Online Course

Course Instructors: 

Nicole Van Ness, PsyD, LMFT

Jacey Coy, PsyD, LMFT

Course Instructors’ Bios:

Dr. Nicole Van Ness has been doing Couples and Family Therapy for over 15 years and has an unrelenting optimism for her clients’ growth, and a deep respect for the stories that they share. 

Dr. Van Ness’ experience includes over 10,000 hours in both public agency and private practice settings. She maintains an active license in Marriage and Family Therapy both in Texas and in California and has worked with individuals, couples, children, teens, groups, and families from many backgrounds and lifestyles.  

In terms of her education, Dr. Van Ness has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a professional certification in Business, a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), and a Doctor of Psychology (Psy. D.) in MFT.  Her research is on sexuality and eroticism, intimacy, religion and spirituality in therapy, pornography, trauma, and other areas of sexuality. Dr. Van Ness’ passion is in helping couples recover (or discover!) fulfilling sexual connections in their dull, disconnected, or conflicted relationships.  

Dr. Van Ness says, “I am here to help, not to judge. Specifically, with couples, the work we do in therapy will call your awareness to who each person is, what helps and hurts connection, and help you decide what to keep, what to change, and how.”


Dr. Jacey Coy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California and holds a Doctorate of Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. He also has a Masters degree in Communication Studies from Texas State University.

Dr. Coy is also a professor and has taught at the university level for over 10 years. He has taught multiple courses in the fields of Psychology, Family Therapy, Social Services, and Counseling. 

Academically, Dr. Coy has published two qualitative research articles with the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and the American Journal of Family Therapy. In addition, he has presented his research and trainings at academic and professional conferences over the years.

Course Access Fee: 

$19.99 (1 Year Access; You can print your certificate anytime)


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This course meets the qualifications for 4 hours of continuing education credit. 

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Instructions for requesting accommodations for disability:

Participants with special needs can receive reasonable accommodations when they make a request for such accommodations. If such a need arises, participants can email with the request. CEU Love will respond to such requests within 72 hours to see if we can accommodate the request.

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