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Sex and intimacy are often conceptualized as inextricably connected. However, the extent to which they are connected can often pose problems for the couple or individual. Anxiety around closeness and vulnerability can lead to a felt sense of disconnection or “checking out” when engaging one’s sexuality with a partner. This course not only teaches intimacy skills, but looks at how to treat these struggles with intimacy and closeness. The paradoxical concept of distance in maintaining intimacy will also be described.