Optimal Sexual Experiences (OSE) Group Therapy in Seattle

*UPDATE re: Coronavirus (Covid-19):  As you might imagine, this group therapy opportunity is currently suspended while we ride out the virus, however please inquire about receiving another version of this group experience through couples therapy with us. The group format has been modified for private practice couples therapy, currently in the format of online therapy, so couples can still receive this program.

Restoring, Revitalizing, and Enhancing Your Sexual Relationship:

According to renowned sex therapist and author Barry McCarthy (McCarthy & McCarthy, 2014), the number one sexual problem facing American couples is inhibited sexual desire (ISD). The second most common problem is discrepancies in sexual desire. Desire problems plague newly married couples as well as unmarried couples who have been together 2 years or longer. Desire problems occur among all types of couples but are most destructive in the early years of marriage.

An effective approach to helping couples not only restore their intimate life but make it amazing is an 8-week group therapy experience that Seattle-area sex therapists Mindy McGovern and Justin Pere are offering, based on the work of the Optimal Sexual Experiences Research Team of the University of Ottawa.

Here is a bit of information about the group and please feel free to call or email for more details...


Are you or your partner experiencing low or no sexual desire, or low/no sexual frequency, or a distressing discrepancy between your levels of sexual desire? Perhaps you already have a good sex life but want to make it great?


Couples with low or no sexual desire or frequency, and/or desire discrepancy (in which one partner is more interested in sex than the other) who are interested in enhancing their sexual relationship and are ready to embark on a journey to enhance their sexual experiences and relationships.


Group couples therapy is an amazingly effective (and cost-effective) format for addressing issues of sexual desire or frequency. The groups run for 8 consecutive weeks (2 hours per night), on the Tuesdays of that 8 week period. We can take 4 to 6 couples per group. The content of the group is based on the amazing work of the Optimal Sexual Experiences Research Team of the University of Ottawa, including elements and facilitating factors of optimal sexual experiences as well as research on group couples therapy.

WHEN: 8 consecutive Tuesdays from 7-9pm, starting April 7th.


Justin Pere, LMHC, CGT

Justin is a licensed psychotherapist for couples and individuals who provides therapy at a group practice he founded in 2010, Clarity Counseling Seattle, in Seattle, Washington. Justin is a Certified Gottman Therapist (CGT) through the Gottman Institute. He currently sits on the Board of The Northwest Institute on Intimacy, he is a past board member of the Seattle Counselors Association and he consults with The Gottman Institute around sex and sexuality in relationships. 

Mindy McGovern, MA, LMFT

Mindy is a licensed couple, family, and individual therapist who provides counseling services at Mettarel Associates in Seattle, Washington. She has trained extensively in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Therapy, and Sex Therapy.

YOUR COMMITMENT: Attendance in this group requires a commitment to some time for "homeplay" (not homework) with your partner.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  To see if these groups would be a good fit for you please contact Justin Pere at [email protected] or call us at (206) 910-1218.

*You can also learn more about the University of Ottawa's research through their website: www.optimalsexualexperiences.com.