The Art of Sex Coaching.

Author:Anderson, Peter
Position:Book review
 
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The Art of Sex Coaching Dr. Patti Britton New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2005 254Pages, $ 30.00

Dr. Britton uses this text to impart the knowledge and expertise she has developed over a 30 year career. Her audience is professionals who are interested in becoming sex coaches and others who are interested in learning about sex coaching. I learned a lot.

Each chapter is organized with "More about that" highlight boxes throughout and "Get it" questions or quizzes at the end to make sure the reader is being referred to outside sources of information and is understanding the main points in the chapter.

The introduction lays out Dr. Britton's personal journey to becoming a sex coach and her sex coaching philosophy. Her philosophy is very sex positive, experiential, and intended to help clients become empowered to maximize their sexual potential. The first chapter provides an overview of the relationships between coaching and sex coaching. She reminds us that sex coaching is future oriented, relies on positive reinforcement, and is short term. She also reminds us that, as guides, coaches work to help clients (not patients!) empower themselves to be a magnet for the sexual lives they desire by becoming their most attractive selves. Chapter two addresses several sex therapy models that she has incorporated into her work as a sex coach. Without providing lengthy reviews of each model she offers specifics about what aspects are important to her and her practice. I found it significant that here and in chapter 12 she maintains her positive approach to sexuality by stating her opposition to the "sexual addiction" model of sexual behavior.

The three chapters in part two are focused on the personal and professional preparation necessary for sex coaching. The technical advice in chapter five (e.g., note-taking in sessions, setting fees, or marketing your practice) is valuable, but for me, not nearly as important as the chapters on personal and professional preparation. On a personal level Dr. Britton maintains that it is imperative to: learn the three levels of language usage and the terms appropriate in sex coaching; develop your own personal...

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