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Adjusting to Intimacy:
Addressing Sexuality in Newly Married Traditional Couples

In traditional societies, couples are expected to consummate their marriage on their wedding night or shortly thereafter. However, the anticipation that couples make the immediate shift from sexual abstinence to engaging in sexual intercourse can be a source of cognitive dissonance and anxiety.

Insufficient premarital instruction, stress, medical conditions, psychological barriers, and problematic couples dynamics can contribute to difficulties with intimacy and sex. Couples may seek counseling immediately after marriage, or later on, such as after the birth of a child.

This webinar will provide tools for therapists to address their clients' concerns regarding adjusting to and negotiating sexuality and intimacy. Using a bio-psycho-social paradigm, the phenomenon of the unconsummated marriage will be explored, and common sexual problems will be addressed.

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Adjusting to Intimacy:
Addressing Sexuality in Newly Married Traditional Couples

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Presenter: Talli Y. Rosenbaum, MSc., Certified Sex Therapist

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Course Length: 1 Hour & 30 Minutes

This webinar offers 1.5 NYS ED Self Study Credits

In traditional societies, couples are expected to consummate their marriage on their wedding night or shortly thereafter. However, the anticipation that couples make the immediate shift from sexual abstinence to engaging in sexual intercourse can be a source of cognitive dissonance and anxiety.

Insufficient premarital instruction, stress, medical conditions, psychological barriers, and problematic couples dynamics can contribute to difficulties with intimacy and sex. Couples may seek counseling immediately after marriage, or later on, such as after the birth of a child.

This webinar will provide tools for therapists to address their clients' concerns regarding adjusting to and negotiating sexuality and intimacy. Using a bio-psycho-social paradigm, the phenomenon of the unconsummated marriage will be explored, and common sexual problems will be addressed.


This presentation is open to:
  • Social Workers
  • Professional Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
  • Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
This online class is offered at an intermediate level Click here to see levels of programing : ,and is beneficial for an intermediate level clinician: Click for Description :
  • New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
  • Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
  • Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
  • Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives

Participants will receive their certificate electronically upon completion of the webinar and course evaluation form.


  • NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for Licensed Social Workers (#SW-0048), and by the NYSED’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (#MFT-0046) and Licensed Mental Health Counselors (#MHC-0082).