Sex as a Safe Adventure: Helping Couples Connect Sexually and Emotionally Through Emotionally Focused Therapy, with Zoya Simakhodskaya, Ph.D. and Michael Moran, LCSW,

Do your couples present with complaints of sexual issues, such as:

  • Discrepancies in desire
  • Boredom in the bedroom
  • Discovery of out of control sexual behaviors
  • Arousal or orgasmic problems
  • Sexual challenges after having children
  • Trouble after infidelity or in the wake of trauma

From the perspective of Emotionally Focused Therapy, such complaints are most often part of an underlying lack of security and bond in the relationship caused by the negative cycle between partners. At times, as the partners de-escalate and become more secure, sexual issues remain unresolved. Yet, many EFT therapists lack knowledge and skills in the area of sex assessment and intervention.

This workshop is designed to give you a strong foundation where sexual issues are the presenting problem in couple therapy. Introduction to up to date research on current models of sexuality will be presented. You will learn how to do an assessment of both the negative relational cycle and the sexual cycle so you can skillfully work using EFT interventions with both cycles to help couples move to de-escalation.

This workshop will also address how to integrate psycho-education and simple behavioral sex therapy interventions as couples begin to move into Stage 2, while at the same time continuing to build a secure bond through increased vulnerability. This workshop will include lecture, video examples and experiential exercises.

Thursday, 19th May 2022 12pm – 5 pm [Central Europe Time]
Friday 20th May 2022 12pm – 5 pm [Central Europe Time]
Saturday 21st May 2022 9am – 2 pm [Central Europe Time]


Zoya Simakhodskaya, Ph.D.

Zoya is a licensed psychologist and certified EFT Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer. She is a founding member, Executive Director and Vice President on the Board of Directors of NYCEFT. Zoya is also a Founder and Director of Center for
Psychological and Interpersonal Development dedicated to high quality individual and couples therapy and EFT training. Zoya has a full-time practice in Chelsea, NY with adults and couples, specializing in cross-cultural and bilingual population. In addition to her psychotherapy
practice, Zoya has many years of experience providing crisis intervention in a psychiatric emergency service and continues as a voluntary faculty at NYU School of Medicine, CUNY Graduate Center, and Rutgers University. Zoya enjoys helping therapists learn EFT and teaches nationally and internationally, now bringing EFT to Russia, Italy and Ukraine.

Michael Moran, LCSW

Mikeis a Certified EFT Therapist and Supervisor
and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist with a fulltime practice in NYC treating adults and couples. He has extensive training in the “Inner Bonding” modality of healing created by Drs. Margaret Paul and Erika Chopich. As an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist he is highly skilled at integrating treatment of sexual issues as they present in couple’s therapy. Michael is also an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University where he teaches graduate courses in Marriage & Family Therapy as well as LGBTQ Issues in Contemporary Society at Rutgers University.

Closed number workshop

The workshop is open to Psychologists, Psychologists-Psychotherapists, Physicians with specialization in Psychotherapy or Psychiatry, students ofPsychotherapy schools enrolled in the third year. Those who have not participated in at least one Externship for basic training can contact us at: and we will send some articles (in English and Italian) and recommend some reference texts (in Italian and English) to be able to follow the workshop at best since it will not
cover the basic aspects of Emotionally Focused Therapy.

Subscription fee
€350 Full Fee
€300 EFT Italy Associates

Cancellation policy – unless otherwise communicated

  • Within 4 months of the event: 60% refund
  • Within 3 months of the event: 40% refund
  • Less than 90 days notice – full payment

If the cancellation is not made within the above terms, no refund will be granted.