Sex Therapy Certificate Program

Blended Learning Format

You want to learn sex therapy or become a sexuality counselor…

but how?

You have so many commitments–yet this is important. And, there are no programs nearby. The desire to help people with their sexual problems pulls at you. It feels like a mission, a purpose, and you are thirsty to learn—but how?

Let The Buehler Institute show you.

You have two options. Stay on this page if you want to learn about the Blended Learning Program (aka “the hardcore program”) which combines the best of two worlds, online education and live seminar training. The program is designed for licensed psychotherapists or for students or interns on track in a program with a degree that allows you to become a licensed psychotherapist.  Allied healthcare professionals who wish to counsel patients are also welcome to attend.

If you want high quality learning in a convenient format, this is the program for you. In a year you can earn 150 units in sex therapy training, virtually all of the education you need for sex therapy certification by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.*

The majority of the coursework is online. Log in whenever you’d like during each Module. Learn by listening to expert recorded lectures, watch thought-provoking documentaries, and participate in lively optional online discussions. Twice a month you can tune into a Google hangout with Dr. Stephanie Buehler to get questions answered and to reflect on what you’ve learned. (Hangouts are also optional, and will be recorded for later viewing.)

You have two attempts to pass each course quiz and module final exam. Once you have finished all of the online modules and two live weekends in warm, wonderful Southern California, you will earn a certificate telling the world that you earned 150 units of sex therapy education.

Twice during the year, you’ll come to Orange County, CA (located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego) for 3-day learning experiences to top off your sex therapy education. Weekends are offered four times a year and are interchangeable so you can select the dates that best suit your schedule.  Lunch included all three days to make life easier.

Your Instructor

Dr. Stephanie Buehler is a licensed psychologist in the state of California and has been in practice for over 15 years as a sex and relationship therapist.  She is the author of What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know about Sex and Sex, Love, and Mental Illness: A Couples Guide to Staying Connected.  There’s an upcoming book, too:  Counseling Couples Before, During, and After Pregnancy:  Sexuality and Intimacy.

Dr. Buehler is an in-demand speaker around the US and has been quoted and has many articles published in major media and academic journals.  In her former career, she was a public school teacher and worked for an educational publishing company as a writer and editor–which is why the program is stimulating and set up for the way people really learn.


The online portion is divided into four Modules, each Module is divided into classes, and each class is divided into lessons or activities. All lessons are designed to be completed in manageable chunks of time. You can do a little or a lot each time you log in.

What’s in the Modules?

Module 1

  • Becoming a Sex Therapist
  • History of Sexology
  • Female Sexual Anatomy
  • Male Sexual Anatomy
  • Sexual Development
  • Definitions of Sexual Health

Module 2

  • The Ecosystemic Approach
  • Women’s Sexual Problems
  • Men’s Sexual Problems
  • Couples Problems in Sex Therapy
  • Sexuality, Culture, and Religion

Module 3

  • LGBTQ Identity
  • LGBTQ Sexuality
  • Gay Affirmative Sex Therapy
  • Ethical work with the LGBTQ Population
  • Understanding HIV/AIDS
  • Ethics in Sex Therapy: Surrogacy

Module 4

  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction in Females and Males
  • Sex after Cancer
  • Medical Family Therapy Approaches to Sexual Problems
  • Sexual Recovery after Sexual Abuse and Assault
  • Treatment Factors in Out of Control Sexual Behavior
  • Sexual Diversity: Kink and Non-monogamy
  • Sexological Research Methods

Modules 5 & 6 (Blended Program Only)

  • Sexual dysfunction and the DSM-5
  • Treatment approaches to DSM-5 sexual disorders
  • Medical Family Therapy and sexual disorders
  • Integrated Systems Theory and sexual disorders (requires reading text)

The Blended Program includes two, 3-day live weekends.

See a sample of what’s in each training session: 

What’s in the Modules?

Workshop A

  • Varies approaches to sexual history taking
  • Using the ecosystemic framework for complex cases
  • Understanding medical issues and sexual function
  • Treating Genito-Pelvic Pain/Penetration Disorders
  • Sex after cancer
  • Sexuality and disabilities
  • Case studies
  • And more!

Workshop B

  • Formal assessment
  • Bowen Systems Theory and sex therapy
  • Solution-focused sex therapy
  • Understanding and treating sexual minorities
  • Transgender clients and the process of transition
  • How to empower clients to self-advocate
  • The impact of hormones on the pelvic floor and sexual function
  • Case studies
  • And more!

Both workshops include talented guest speakers, plenty of interaction, and time for Q&A.  A delicious breakfast is included each day of the workshop.  Lunch is on your own at the hotel or go across the street to dozens of restaurants at Newport Beach’s Fashion Island.  Enrollment is limited and strictly capped at 15 participants.

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Enroll anytime.  Within 24 hours after you enroll, you will receive an email from Dr. Buehler welcoming you to the program and detailing how to log in and start learning TODAY!

You can take the workshops in any order–take “B” first, then “A,” or “A” first, then “B”–just as long as you take one of each.  Enrollment is limited to a dozen participants in each weekend for maximum comfort and attention.

If you want to enroll, but have questions, please email and Dr. Buehler or her assistant will get back to you ASAP. 


$4800 if paid in full; $4920 if you use the convenient 12-month PayPal subscription plan. Pay just $410 per month with PayPal—use your debit, credit card, or checking account*.  If you “Subscribe,” please hit the button just once and wait up to 5 minutes to receive an email acknowledgement from PayPal.  Thank you.



*You must provide a secondary form of payment if you use PayPal. You will be emailed a credit card form to complete and return, along with an agreement that if your PayPal account is suspended for any reason, you will be liable for payment in full and that your secondary form of payment will be used for that purpose.

Workshop dates for 2018 are as follows:

Workshop A (pick one date to attend)

  • April 27-29, 2018  This workshop is full.  Please see September date below.*
  • September 28-30, 2018

Workshop B (pick one date to attend)

  • July 13-15, 2018*

On Friday and Saturday, we meet from 8:30 am to 6 pm, with an hour for lunch and two 15-minute breaks. On Sunday, we meet from 8:30 am to 3”30 pm with an hour break for lunch and one 15-minute break. Please plan your travel accordingly. A link to reserve your room at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel will be sent out approximately 6 weeks prior to each workshop.

Workshop size is small in order to provide quality interaction and networking with new colleagues.

Now that you know how you can learn sex therapy and counseling, don’t waste another minute—sign up and start learning today.

*If you want to enroll but cannot attend the dates shown, please email your interest at and additional dates may be added.


This program is ONLY for people who completed the 75-hour Sexuality Certificate Program or who have completed those requirements elsewhere.  The Blended Program Extension contains just Modules 5 and 6, which provide 30 hours of online learning in sex therapy training PLUS 45 hours of live training over two weekends.  The 45 hours of live training provide 30 hours of live learning in sex therapy/counseling, plus 15 hours of live learning in the Core Competence areas.

If you are interested but uncertain if this program is for you, please email

To enroll in this program, please click here.  



*You must provide a secondary form of payment if you use PayPal. You will be emailed a credit card form to complete and return, along with an agreement that if your PayPal account is suspended for any reason, you will be liable for payment in full and that your secondary form of payment will be used for that purpose.

Required Books

Three books are required for this program, both of which can be purchased through Amazon or other online textbook seller.  PS Conflict of interest statement:  I make a small profit (about $10) on the sale of each of my textbooks, but I am not an amazon reseller.

What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know about Sex
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Systemic Sex Therapy
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Continuing Education Approvals

The Buehler Institute Psychological Services, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association, the California Board of Registered Nurses (CEP #16394), and the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists as a provider of continuing education. The California BBS will accept APA-approved units for license renewal. If you reside in another state, please check with your licensing board regarding acceptance of APA units.

AASECT requires this statement:  Completion of this program does not guarantee nor insure AASECT certification.  For more information, please contact AASECT at

Refund Policy

You have 15 days from the start of your program (the day you enroll) to withdraw. After 15 days, you must withdraw in writing. You will receive a refund less $35 / unit for any coursework completed, less $75 processing fee. If you need to withdraw for medical reasons after 15 days, please supply a letter from your physician stating that you are unable to participate.

Live Training Hotel Information

All workshops will be held at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, which has a hotel shuttle from John Wayne Airport / Santa Ana, Orange County.  A continental breakfast will served each morning, with lunch on your own.  The rooms are offered at a discounted rate you won’t find anywhere in OC for a property like this.

This hotel was chosen for its proximity to the ocean and close access to Fashion Island, an outdoor mall with all kinds of bar and dining options from casual (Lemonade), to healthy (True Foods Kitchen, Whole Foods Market), to fun and fancy (Fleming’s), to just plain fancy (Fig & Olive).  After a long day of learning, you can go have fun with your new colleagues.