Amanda Pasciucco Earns Clinical Sexologist PhD

Amanda Pasciucco Earns Clinical Sexologist PhD From the International Institute of Clinical Sexology (IICS)


Amanda Pasciucco, PhD, LMFT, CST

Dr. Amanda Pasciucco, founder and owner of Life Coaching and Therapy, LLC, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Continuing Education Provider has earned a clinical sexologist degree from the International Institute of Clinical Sexology (IICS). This is the highest possible academic degree to obtain in her field, and will enable her to best serve her clients and therapy team.

She has developed innovative therapy programs and videos that get results for her clients. She has more than 15,000 client hours of experience and has helped many, even internationally, reignite their erotic spark after only a few sessions.

“As I noticed more couples struggling with intimacy, I realized that it was important to build on the existing literature in the field in a different way,” says Pasciucco. 

Earning a PhD from the International Institute of Clinical Sexology (IICS) was the path Pasciucco chose to align with how she wanted to do the qualitative research.

“With a doctoral research project, I could take my time to focus on what really matters the most to my clients – long term sexual satisfaction,” adds Pasciucco.

Doctoral Research Project on High Sexual Satisfaction After the Honeymoon Phase

Pasciucco, along with the dissertation committee, including Dr. Busbee from Yale and Dr. Moye from University of Connecticut, did a deep dive into the communities, communication, learning, and lifestyles that had to be maintained for individuals to report high levels of sexual satisfaction after new relationship energy (NRE) had faded. 

“Over the last four years, I have devoured the behaviors and conditions that enable couples in long-term romantic relationships to keep their high levels of sexual satisfaction, after the honeymoon phase is over,” explains Pasciucco.

Her research focus and dissertation title is “Understanding Sexual Satisfaction in Long-Term Romantic Relationships.” This was a qualitative study that focused on the following:

1. What sexual behaviors, communication techniques, and conditions contribute to higher levels of sexual satisfaction in allosexuals who are alloromantic with their partners?

2. Is there a difference in the levels of sexual satisfaction between individuals attached to a partner within a long-term monogamous relationship and individuals attached to a long-term partner within an ethical non-monogamous relationship?

Dr. Pasciucco found the following seven themes in her research: communication, commitment, intimacy and passion, cultural context, learning and knowledge, ethical non-monogamy consideration, and ongoing negotiations.

These findings can be applied easily by therapists, clinicians, and practitioners alike to help in couples therapy sessions.

What is a Clinical Sexologist?

A clinical sexologist is a professional who is an expert in clinical sexology. Clinical Sexology is the interdisciplinary study of human sexuality integrating research findings of human sexual behavior with the diagnosis and treatment of sexual concerns and dysfunctions. The Clinical Sexology program at IICS is dedicated to preparing licensed psychotherapists, psychologists, and other health care providers to provide clinical sexology as an addendum to their already licensed clinical practice.

International Institute of Clinical Sexology (IICS) is licensed by the Florida Commission of Independent Education (CIE) to offer a Ph.D. in Clinical Sexology. Students earning this degree will hold it in perpetuity regardless of professional licensure status or geographical location. The CIE license is an assurance that IICS is held to a high educational and operating standard and is audited yearly. Accreditation by a U.S. DoE entity is not necessary as this degree does not lead to a license.

Dr. Pasciucco is excited to apply her expertise in the field of sexology, specifically high sexual satisfaction in long-term romantic relationships.


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Sexologist: What They Do & How They Help

Sexologist: What They Do & How They Help


You might have heard the word ‘sexologist’ before and weren’t sure about what this job title entails. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. Sexology is a field in science that studies human sexuality and sexual behavior. And the people who are studying it are referred to as sexologists. 

One thing you’ll need to keep in mind is that there’s a difference between sexologists and sex therapists. A sex therapist will work with patients directly and help them solve their issues around their sexuality and sexual life whereas a sexologist can also be a sex researcher, sex educator, and public policy activities. In simpler words, a sexologist is a broader term and one of its branches is sex therapists. 

People often have a wrong idea about this profession. So we’ve decided to gather all vital formation about sexologists in this article.

Being a Sexologist

Not many universities offer sexology degrees. Individuals might decide to become sexologists with an educational background in psychology, sociology, biology, public health, and similar fields. Typically, a sexologist will have a master or doctoral degree, or any other type of advanced professional education. 

There are also many training and certification programs on sexology, yet are not mandatory when pursuing the sexologist career. So, a person with a master’s degree in one of the above-mentioned fields can start building your career as a sexologist. 

From working on research to working directly with the clients, it will be a person’s choice on which area of sexology they wish to focus on. Of course, one field doesn’t exclude the other, so they might be a sex researcher consulting people who are experiencing issues around their sexuality. On the other hand, if they’re just getting started, it would be better to choose one area and stick to it to make sure they learn and grow as much as possible. 

Career Paths of a Sexologist

There are numerous ways to be a sexologist. A person can be a researcher, teacher, organize workshops, provide advice on inter-disciplinary data. If they desire to work with clients as a sex therapist, they will work on improving someone’s life quality by addressing their issues around sex and providing them with tools to manage them successfully. Sex therapists help with problems such as mismatched libidos and lack of orgasms. 

With that being said, a sex therapist will need to have certain qualifications. Most of the time, it’s an advanced degree in psychology, therapy, or counseling, clinical experience, and specific training in sex therapy. Yet, the majority of the states don’t require a sex therapist to have a certification to practice. So checking qualifications before starting sex therapy is always recommended. 


Sex Therapy

As many patients are uncertain about what to expect when starting sex therapy, it’s always good to do proper research on both the therapist and the nature of therapy. Sex therapists don’t do any hands-on work. So if you’re uncomfortable with physical touch, there is no reason for ignoring the benefits of sex therapy. 

During sex therapy, patients are not required to do any sexual activity, take off their clothes or have physical contact with their chosen sex therapists. These sessions are just like regular therapy, so patients will only talk about their issues, not demonstrate them. If there is a need to provide an example, patients and therapists can use words or use images from books or the Internet.

Às it is with any therapy, nothing that makes you feel uncomfortable will be performed by a therapist. After all, such an approach doesn’t lead to good results. For instance, if you’re trying to have more orgasms during sex with your partner, the therapist will ask you about your progress and provide you with advice, yet they will not ask you to do any exercises in their office. 

Sex Therapy Benefits

If you’re experiencing issues about your sexuality or sex life, you should consider sex therapy. What makes it different from regular therapy is that it’s only focused on the field of sex and sexuality, instead of covering many other areas. Also, you will be talking to a person who is a sexologist. Meaning they will provide you with what you need to enhance that part of your life and identity.

Keep in mind that you can start with sex therapy by yourself or with your sex partner. As most of us never received an education with a sex-positive attitude. People will experience a range of issues when having sex with another person. That’s why sex therapists bring their patients back to the start of learning how to give and receive pleasure. 

When working with a sex therapist, it will be easier to stoke more eroticism into a relationship. Because a professional will help you and your partner to resolve differences you might have and find the best way to reach sexual pleasure together. Once these obstacles are removed, whether it’s for you individually or you as a couple. You will be able to connect sexually with yourself and others and enjoy sex more than ever before. 

In Conclusion

To enjoy sex, we’ll need to let go of all the limitations accumulated in our minds, and for that, we need professional help most of the time. It’s difficult to recognize all these limitations and issues built around our sexuality. So even if you’re determined to change how you feel about sex, you will encounter the same results. 

The more you work with your sex therapist, the better you will feel about sex and the intimacy in your relationship. Being able to enjoy these moments with your partner will strengthen your relationship and connect you like no other activity can. So, whether your interest in sex comes out of curiosity to understand how it all works or to improve your relationship. Having access to great sexologists or sex therapists will provide you with countless benefits in your life. 

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What is Sexology?

What Is Sexology and What Is It For?

Sexology is the science that studies sex, that simple! To be more specific, it is the science that studies the sexuality of the human being, sexual behavior and its different manifestations. All of these from the psychological and physiological point of view.


A sexologist is a professional who performs various tasks: sexual education, guidance, couples’ counseling and intervention, and research.


The professional will treat the patient from the psychological and therapeutic point of view since there is a diversity of problems which can be extended to both fields. Including everything that has to do with the relationship between men and women, not only about sexual perfomance; but what happens to their lives too.


Communication’s problems, affective needs, maternity-paternity issues, and mediation in separation and divorces are also issues that a sexologist can deal with.


Since we have a sex negative and pleasure negative culture, the field of clinical sexology is imperative. – Amanda Pasciucco


Sexology also serves as a post-traumatic tool in situations where the sexual integrity of a person has been violated. When sexual abuse occurs, the victim is so affected that psychological therapy is necessary to overcome the trauma. Also, sexual therapy helps to regain his/her sexual life.



The governing body for sex therapist is American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) mentions as its vision of sexual health to be one where, all individuals are entitled to enjoy:

  • Respect of their sexual thoughts, feelings and fantasies
  • The right to engage in healthy modes of sexual activity,
  • Freedom to exercise behavioral, emotional, economic, and social responsibility for their bodily functioning
  • The power to chose their mode of loving, working, and playing


AASECT believes that these rights pertain to all peoples whatever their age, family structure, backgrounds, beliefs, and circumstances”


How do I know if I should go to the sexologist or another professional?


It is common for a person who encounters a difficulty in their sexual life to ask which specialist should go. To the gynecologist, the urologist, the general practitioner, the endocrinologist, the psychologist, the sexologist …? The answer varies depending on the specific problem, and whether it has a physical cause or not.

sexologistJust as the sexologist can refer you to another professional, other professional can refer you to the sexologist. This happens when they find that a certain sexual problem exceeds their field of work.




Sometimes we have problems in our sexual life and, instead of going to a specialist consultation to help us overcome this problem, we let it go by playing down the importance. However, in the same way that when you hurt your teeth you go to the dentist, if there is any dysfunction in your sex life you should go to the specialist: the sexologist.

At Life Coaching and Therapy (LCAT) we help you get the life you want, and the results you desire when it comes to passion, connection, and growth. Through our flexible, multi-technique approach (DBT, CBT, EMDR) and pleasure skills training (tantra, the science of sex, and sensate focus techniques), we transform our clients lives!

Please learn more about how Life Coaching and Therapy (LCAT) can help improve your relationship and ignite your sex life at What We Do. Call or text us at 203-733-9600, or make an appointment.