Mindfulness-Based Treatment for Low Sexual Desire (MBTS)2019-08-26T23:03:31+00:00

Mindfulness-Based Treatment for Low Sexual Desire

A Program for Women

This program is an evidence-based, mindfulness therapy group for treatment of low sexual desire in women.  Participants are encouraged to reconnect and engage with their sexuality while learning a variety of mindfulness exercises that cultivate present-moment awareness.

This eight-week (18-hour) program is taught by Alexandra Peterson, RN, MScN, RP & Marlene Van Esch, MSW, RSW

For various reasons, many women find that they have lost their sexual desire and struggle in their attempts to rekindle it. They frequently rationalize that low desire is normal for someone at their age and stage in life or that sexuality is simply unimportant, even going so far as to define themselves as non-sexual beings. Underneath this rationalization, there often remains a level of regret or sadness, along with a yearning for things to be different.

This program will speak to women who are dissatisfied and want to rekindle the full vitality of their lives by reconnecting and engaging with their sexuality. It is for the women who, simply put, want to cultivate their desire to experience and enjoy great sex. Honouring our organism to the full extent of including sexuality as an intricate aspect of healthy intimacy, tends to still create embarrassment and be a taboo subject. With our program we provide a safe and confidential environment within which we can overcome shame and stigma in order to fully flourish as integrated human beings.

The program was developed through extensive research conducted by Dr. Lori Brotto PhD, a Clinical Psychologist at the University of British Columbia, and Laurel Paterson, PhD, Rosemary Basson, MD, Miriam Driscoll, MD, and Andrea Grabovac, MD. Participants will engage in exploring sexuality and the difficulties they are experiencing in relation to it. They will be exposed to the latest scientific research and theory of sexual arousal and the two-way communication between brain and body that facilitates sexual response. At the core of their inquiry will be the use of various mindfulness mediation techniques, both formal and informal, as a way of getting in touch with the body in order to pave the way towards sexual integration. Each week, there will be an opportunity to discuss their weekly experiences and learn ways to overcome challenges of the process.

There is a new injectable drug, Vyleesi, that is now available in Canada, specifically for premenopausal women and it increases sexual desire by stimulating dopamine production. It has not been approved for peri-or post-menopausal women.  While a wonderful breakthrough that is long overdue, it is not without its drawbacks. Side-effects include nausea in 40% of study participants, along with headache and an increase in blood pressure. This Mindfulness program is a drug-free approach that avoids unnecessary exposure to these potentially harmful side-effects.

Each session is structured to contain several parts:

    1. Cultivating acceptance, self-compassion, present-moment awareness and stress-reduction through learning and practicing new mindfulness exercises each week.
    2. Acquiring enlightening, evidence-based information related to women’s sexuality and sexual response.
    3. Learning ways in which sexual interest and motivation are stimulated and inspired through the exploration of thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
    4. Exploring and reflecting upon how your intimate relationship influences or affects your current sexual concerns.
    5. Capitalizing on the benefits of participating in a supportive therapeutic group setting with other women who share similar concerns related to low sexual desire.

To participate, simply call our office and you will be booked for a 45-minute assessment with the teachers of the program. You will be asked to complete a comprehensive questionnaire in advance of your assessment.  During the assessment, you will be informed whether this program is recommended for you.

1. Payment Policy
The fee for this program is $595 payable upon acceptance into the program.

2. Program/Course Cancellations
If your program is cancelled, you are entitled to a full refund. You will be contacted at least three business days prior to the start date of the program if a cancellation is made.

3. Refunds
If you give at least five business days notice before the program’s start date you will receive the full tuition less a $50 fee.
If you give less than five business days notice before the start date of a program no refund will be available.
After the program has begun no refund, exchanges or transfers will be available.

4. Exchanges
If you give at least five business days notice before the program’s start date you can apply the full tuition amount as a credit to a future program.
If you give less than five business days notice prior to the start date of the program you can apply the full tuition less a $50 fee as a credit to a future program.

After the program has begun no refund, exchanges or transfers will be available.

Find out how to choose a program »

Dates

8 Thursdays:  October 24 to December 12, 2019
9:45 a.m. to Noon

Location

The Mindfulness Centre
Suite 408

Cost

$595, includes course materials

Sign-up

Administration

To participate, simply call our office and you will be booked for a 45-minute assessment with the teachers of the program. You will be asked to complete a comprehensive questionnaire in advance of your assessment.  During the assessment, you will be informed whether this program is recommended for you.

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