Integrating Art and Sex Therapies: Professor Metzl Publishes New Book


Assistant Professor in the Department of Marital and Family Therapy, Dr. Einat Metzl, has written a new book, When Art Therapy Meets Sex Therapy: Creative Explorations of Sex, Gender, and Relationships. This text explores sexuality and gender through the use of art making, connecting relevant theories and research from both fields and is appropriate for both sex therapists and art therapists.

Professor Metzl was invited to write this book following a presentation she gave at a conference, in hopes of filling the void of information about meeting spaces for art therapy and sex therapy. She developed and has been teaching a human sexuality course for LMU Marital and Family Therapy graduate students for several years, and has worked for years with couples in private practice. In writing this book, Professor Metzl hopes to help integrate the highly-specialized field of sex therapy into mainstream clinical practice and to concurrently expand existing sex therapy methodologies.

“Dr. Einat Metzl’s book will invigorate the mental health community’s appreciation of art therapy and sex therapy,” said Donna Betts, PhD, ATR-BC, board president of the American Art Therapy Association and professor at George Washington University Art Therapy Program. “Grounded firmly in Metzl’s clinical experience, this comprehensive text illuminates areas critical to conducting effective and culturally competent treatment. It is a vital contribution to the literature, reinforcing the highest standards of professional competence in art therapy and sex therapy.”

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