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From Pain to Pleasure: Erotic Recovery in Trauma Healing

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Esther Perel, MA, LMFT
1 Hour 50 Minutes
Mar 11, 2022
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Eroticism isn’t sex; it’s the landscape on which we play out our deepest thoughts, dreams, impulses, and even painful memories. It’s an elixir of curiosity and vibrancy that makes us feel alive. But when we experience deep wounding or traumatic stress, that erotic self often goes into hiding—we shut down and with it goes our sense of self-worth and ability to experience desire, responsiveness, and openness. The re-emergence of eroticism is often seen as an outcome that happens at the end of trauma treatment. But what if accessing eros is a catalyst that actually stimulates recovery from trauma? In this recording, you’ll discover:

  • The effects of trauma in intimacy and sexuality
  • How to include erotic recovery as part of trauma treatment and why it’s important in healing from traumatic stress of all kinds, including sexual, personal, societal, and intergenerational
  • How to refocus trauma treatment from simply finding meaning in past experiences to reconnecting with new experiences
  • Specific ways to incorporate erotic recovery in trauma treatment that encourages clients’ ability to reconnect authentically with themselves and others



This online program is worth 2 hours CPD.



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Esther Perel is a Belgian psychotherapist of Polish-Jewish descent who has explored the tension between the need for security (love, belonging, and closeness) and the need for freedom (erotic desire, adventure, and distance) in human relationships.

Perel promoted the concept of “erotic intelligence” in her book Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence, which has been translated into 24 languages. After publishing the book, she became an international advisor on sex and relationships. She gave a TED talk in February 2013 called “The secret to desire in a long-term relationship,” and another in March 2015 called “Rethinking infidelity… a talk for anyone who has ever loved.”

Perel is the host of the podcast “Where Should We Begin?”, which is based inside her therapist’s office as she sees anonymous couples in search of insight into topics such as infidelity, sexlessness and grief.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Esther Perel maintains a private practice. She has employment relationships with Columbia University, Ackerman Institute for the Family, Norwegian Institute for the Expressive Arts Therapies, and 92nd Street Y. She receives royalties as a published author. Esther Perel receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Esther Perel is a member of the American Family Therapy Academy and the American Association for Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists.


  1. Investigate the psychological connections between traumatic stress and sexuality.
  2. Describe how and why erotic recovery can be an essential part of recovery from traumatic stress.
  3. Construct a treatment pathway that emphasizes the creation of new corrective experiences.
  4. Practice at least 3 interventions that focus on the recovery of the loss of sense of self in traumatic stress.


  • The hidden connections between traumatic stress and eroticism
  • How eroticism is lost in trauma
  • How the recovery of eroticism after trauma can be an essential key in treatment

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Art Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals



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