"Not Just a Relational Issue:
Increasing Effectiveness with Desire Discrepancy"
by Martha Kauppi

Aug 12, 2017 9:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Desire discrepancy and desire issues are among the most common sex-related issues couples and individuals bring to therapy. Yet desire is one of the most complicated and misunderstood issues, even for many sex therapists. In this skills-based presentation, Martha will offer a robust set of immediately-usable techniques and interventions that will dramatically increase effectiveness with desire issues and desire discrepancy. Attendees will be able to open the topic of sex in therapy, follow up strongly with an original brief assessment, sort complicated symptoms, address urgent issues, make appropriate referrals, conceptualize the case, order the treatment plan appropriately, and understand how to skillfully guide clients in building necessary sexual relational skills far beyond improving communication.

About our Presenter:

Martha Kauppi, LMFT, ACST, is a licensed marriage and family therapist, educator, AASECT-certified sex therapist, and AAMFT-approved supervisor. She has a private practice in Madison, Wisconsin, specializing in couple therapy and a broad variety of sex-related issues.

Martha’s lifelong career in health and sexuality includes years of providing obstetric and gynecological care and sexual health and family systems counseling as a midwife. She has done technical writing about sexual health; taught physicians, nurse practitioners, and counselors how to be more effective helping with sex issues; developed multiple workshops for the public as well as for therapists; created an innovative 600-hour curriculum for midwives; and currently teaches a robust online course to help therapists better understand and work more effectively with sex issues.

Martha’s mission is to help every therapist build a strong skillset and nuanced understanding of sexual, physiological, emotional, spiritual, and relational aspects of sex issues and their importance in family systems. She creates and presents materials that are based in theory and scientific knowledge while at the same time being practical, effective, and immediately applicable by therapists at every experience level.

This will be a three hour presentation available online via Zoom.  Instructions for participation will be provided to you when you register.  In the meantime, HERE is a video that describes how Zoom works.


Two scholarship spots are open for new post graduates, on a first come first served basis. Email if you are interested.  Criteria: Graduate from the field in the last 1-5 years, and a member of AAMFT/WAMFT.