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F*ck Binaries!: Liberating the Clinical Imagination

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Emily Nagoski, PhD |  Lucie Fielding, MA
1 Hour 57 Minutes
Mar 11, 2022
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What would happen if we thought of our work as helping clients imagine into the radical and transformative possibilities of their being and their relationships, rather than merely “resolving problems”? How might our work shift toward liberation and pleasure, rather than merely resolving distress and pain? In this session, we’ll learn how we can expand our imaginations as therapists—and help our clients dream of horizons beyond what queer theorist José Esteban Muñoz called the “prison house” of the here-and-now. You’ll discover how to:

  • Explore the reasons we cling to gender and sexuality binaries, such as masculine/feminine; normal/abnormal pleasure; sex/not-sex—and the benefits of stepping outside them
  • Recognize how clients impose binary constructs on their sexualities
  • Deploy somatic, pleasure-centred interventions to help clients explore space between and beyond binaries



This online program is worth 2 hours CPD.


Emily Nagoski, PhD's Profile

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Emily Nagoski, PhD, (she/her) is a sex educator in western Massachusetts and the author of Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Emily Nagoski is an author with Simon & Schuster and receives royalties. She receives compensation as a presenter. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Emily Nagoski has no relevant non-financial relationships.

Lucie Fielding, MA's Profile

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Lucie Fielding, PhD, MA, LMHCA, Resident in Counseling (she/they) is a queer, non-binary femme, and a therapist practicing in Virginia and Washington. She holds an MA in Counseling Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute (2018) as well as a PhD in French from Northwestern University (2008), where she specialized in erotic literature. Their background in literature attunes them to the many ways that cultural scripts inscribe themselves on our bodies and can inform our embodied erotic lives. In addition to their work as a therapist, Lucie teaches in the Sex Therapy Certificate Program at Antioch University-Seattle. They are the author of Trans Sex: Clinical Approaches to Trans Sexualities and Erotic Embodiments (2021), which was named a finalist for a 2022 Lambda Literary Award (Lammy) in the Transgender-Nonfiction category. You can find out more about Lucie at or follow them on Twitter (@Lucie_Fielding) and Instagram (@sexbeyondbinaries).

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Lucie Fielding has employment relationships with Antioch University and Creating Change, PLLC. She receives royalties as a published author. Lucie Fielding receives a speaking honorarium from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Lucie Fielding is a member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists.

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  1. Argue 3 ways binaries and binary thinking show up in clinical practice, and particularly how they can foreclose the clinical imagination.
  2. Evaluate the concept of “sexual liberation” and distinguish a liberation politics from concepts like “equality” and “equity.”
  3. Categorize at least 3 ways colonialism, white supremacy, (trans)misogyny, cisheteronormativity impact our clients’ erotic horizons and views of sexuality, desire, and pleasure.
  4. Demonstrate at least 3 trauma-informed, somatic, pleasure-centred tools/interventions introduced in this workshop to their clinical practice, and particularly to help support clients in exploring the spaces between and beyond binaries/binary thinking.


  • Introductions, Intentions, Group Agreements
  • Container-Setting Activity (Visualization)
  • Failures of the Imagination: The Impacts of Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and Cisheteropatriarchy on our Erotic Horizons
  • Binaries and Binary Constructs in Sex, Gender, and Sexualities
  • Erotic Liberation, Pleasure, and Queer Futurities

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals



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