Sexuality and Intimacy Rehabilitation for the Military Population: Case Series

Kathryn M. Ellis*, Michelle J. Nordstrom, Katherine E. Bach, Ametisse N. Gover-Chamlou, Seth Messinger, Brad Isaacson, Paul F. Pasquina

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Sexuality and intimacy are important aspects of life that are frequently compromised after severe injury or illness, yet these aspects are often overlooked by medical and rehabilitation professionals. This case series describes the Occupational Therapy Sexuality and Intimacy program at a Military Treatment Facility (MTF). Three diverse clients with a range of physical, cognitive and emotional impairments were chosen to illustrate complexities of the Occupational Therapy Sexuality and Intimacy Program at this MTF, and unique skills employed by Occupational Therapists. Consistent themes discovered include: perceived value of the program; appreciation of safe spaces to discuss personal topics; and enhanced awareness of role identity, body image, and emotional regulation. These cases illustrate that sexuality and intimacy interventions may have profound effects on injured service members, improving social reintegration, and quality of life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-243
Number of pages13
JournalSexuality and Disability
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Activities of daily living
  • Military
  • Occupational therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Sexuality
  • United States


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