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David Schnarch Ph.D.


David Schnarch is a licensed clinical psychologist and author of numerous books and articles on intimacy, sexuality, and relationships.His clinical abilities attract clients and students from across the globe. David chaired the Professional Education Committee and served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) for eight years. He is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (Diplomate status), the first recipient of the AASECT "Professional Standard of Excellence" Award, and a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). David currently serves on the editorial board of AAMFT's Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy. For seventeen years he was an Associate Professor in the Depts. of Psychiatry and Urology at Louisiana State University Medical School.

In 1991, David wrote the landmark book, Constructing The Sexual Crucible: An Integration of Sexual and Marital Therapy (W. W. Norton & Co.), now used in clinical training programs across the country and read by therapists around the world. The Crucible Approach® is widely regarded as the most sophisticated integration of sexuality, intimacy, spirituality, personal development, and marital therapy developed to date.

His second book, Passionate Marriage: Sex, Love, and Intimacy in Emotionally Committed Relationships (W. W. Norton & Co., March 1997, Owl Books, 1998), is a perennial best seller, offering the general public his revolutionary approach in a pragmatic and easy-to-understand form.

His third book, Resurrecting Sex: Resolving Sexual Problems and Rejuvenating Your Relationship (HarperCollins, August, 2002), offers hope to millions of normal couples and singles who have sexual problems.

His latest book Intimacy & Desire: Awaken the Passion in Your Relationship (Beaufort Books, October 2009) combines time-tested solutions for sexual desire problems with cutting edge information on interpersonal neurobiology. German translation of Intimacy & Desire was released by Klett-Cotta Verlag in March 2011. The English paperback version will be released mid-May 2011.

David is the recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Contribution to Marriage & Family Therapy Award from the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT).

This blog consists of two threads: "Ideas to Ponder" and other articles.

"Ideas to Ponder" are summary ideas at the end of each chapter of Intimacy & Desire. The Ideas to Ponder Blog unpacks these key thoughts, principles, or observations, and highlights additional points within Intimacy & Desire.

Articles in the "Ideas to Ponder" series provide an educational resource for couples seeking a differentiation-based approach to love, sex, intimacy, and life. They lay out the natural ecology of adult love relationships, and detail the workings of the "people-growing machinery." Many concepts and ideas apply to all types of relationships including with chldren, in-laws, friends, and co-workers. These articles offer a somewhat different "take" on topics and are not book excepts.

Other articles address topics worth writing about, which lie outside the focus of Intimacy & Desire. There's more to life than sex and intimacy--although when that's not going well it doesn't seem like it.

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