Our Difference

A SPECIALIZED APPROACH

Dr. Hughes among owning Covenant Sex Therapy is a faculty at Brigham Young University in their graduate marriage and family therapy department where he aids students to hone their clinical and sex therapy skills. He has taught and guest lectured at Argosy University and Utah Valley University. He has done thousands of hours of sex therapy, many presentations and guest lectures, written articles and books, and hundreds of supervision hours for couple, individual, and sex therapy cases.
Across time and due to his profound inundation in the sex therapy field, Dr. Hughes identified certain aspects of therapy and clients that were more likely to lead to change. He paired these anecdotes with research and theory that enabled him to distill a very effective therapeutic model and therapy protocol. This model is the Sexual Attentiveness and Accountability Model (SAAM) with the associated therapeutic protocol that is used by all therapists at Covenant Sex Therapy.
The SAAM takes into account all systems within the individual and without the individual that impact sexuality, paying particular attention to spirituality, religion, and faith values. Your therapist works with you to facilitate change and insight inside of and outside of the therapy room based off of a thorough assessment that takes place at the onset of the SAAM protocol. This is a vital part of Covenant Sex Therapy and one of the things that sets us apart from all other private practices and therapists doing sex therapy.
At Covenant Sex Therapy we regularly participate in ongoing training within our area of expertise, sex therapy. Because relational or marital therapy is a significant aspect of sex therapy, our clinicians get superb training in relational/marital therapy. Our therapists are actively pursuing additional education on sexuality through reading, presentations, guest lectures, conference training, etc. We are regularly invited to present or educate university classes, wards, other professional groups, bishops, bloggers, newspapers, and authors seeking further education and understanding concerning sexuality and the sexual relationship.
As a leading provider of sex therapy, we take pride in offering top tier therapeutic services. Working day in and day out with individuals and couples who are struggling with sexual concerns or in their sexual relationship. This is just one of the reasons that we are a leading provider in this area. Integrating traditional and cutting edge approaches for our Latter-day Saint (LDS) clients that respect their values is another aspect of our innovative approach. We are dedicated to serving the needs of our clients from a confidential, Latter-day Saint (LDS) gospel-centered counseling approach.

OUR ORIGIN

Covenant Sex Therapy started with a vision of providing highly specific and specialized counseling services to an in need population. Dr. Hughes grew up in Springville, Utah, where he was raised Latter-day Saint (LDS) in a predominantly LDS community. As he matured, he saw a distinct need, particularly within the LDS population, for sexual matters to be addressed, healthy sexuality, sexual satisfaction, and sexual compulsivity/addiction. As he began his training at BYU to become a marriage and family therapist, he focused his education and experience to help this population. He quickly became the go-to therapist when no one else knew what to do with their clients. Dr. Hughes is a faculty in BYU's graduate marriage and family therapy department. He is highly sought after by therapists perplexed by cases of sexual dysfunction and regularly guest lectures at UVU. Additionally, Covenant Sex Therapy is on the referral list for LDS Family Services.

OUR PROTOCOL

We follow a protocol that is individualized for each person and couple. This protocol is called the Sexual Attentiveness and Accountability Model that incorporates systems within (mind, body, emotions, and spirit) and systems without (couple, time, society, culture, friends, religion, safety, context, and family of origin).

There are six stages of change including 1) awareness/attentive, 2) accounting, 3) authoring/re-authoring, 4) action to take, 5) accountability, and 6) actualization.

Some common therapeutic tasks are body image, sex is for women, female-centric view, sex is about pleasure, sexual rights, connection focus, EFT dyadic, mindfulness, include spirituality of marriage, foster positive thinking, self as a sexual being, no longer surrendering sexuality to abuser, vulnerability, sex as a part of God’s plan, connection with body, shift of family of origin or cultural messages, orchestrating arousal, hiking at the slowest hiker’s speed, new narrative on myths, new sexual scripts, anxiety reduction, mood, relaxation training, relationship with sexual anatomy, expectations, and being a sexual person and a good priesthood holder, child of God, and/or member of the LDS church.

Our Expert Team

Staff at Covenant Sex Therapy have bolstered their knowledge and clinical skills to meet the vast array of sexual problems that face our Latter-day Saint (LDS) community. Each therapist regularly consults with Dr. Hughes to improve their expertise in sex therapy as well as participates in additional training and education in various formats so that they are at the forefront of sexuality training and skill.

We highly value relational/marital training and experience. Since couple's therapy is an integral part of sex therapy, each therapist at Covenant Sex Therapy is a competent marital therapist that prizes their ability to do work in the couple relationship. Each therapist is a highly skilled couple's therapist.

We have many therapists that are training in various additional therapy modalities such as emotionally focused therapy (EFT), internal family systems (IFS), narrative family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) for example.

Our therapists use the Sexual Attentiveness and Accountability Model and SAAM protocol while giving you a unique therapy experience as they cater the model and protocol to you and your partner and your unique sex therapy needs.

The Therapeutic Alliance, or the relationship and trust that the therapist and client share, has been called the most important part of the therapy process. At Covenant Sex Therapy we pledge to work with you in a respectful, courteous and professional manner.

We understand that sexual and intimate challenges can be difficult to discuss and that therapy is an emotional process. With us, you can rest assured that we will do what all we can to make sure your experience with us is a comfortable one.

Our commitment to these principles is just one of the many things that sets us apart.

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