Seminars -




Contact me if you see a topic that interest you and would like to organize a seminar featuring Mary, please call 408. 371.4847 or click here to send an email.





Past Seminars:

Girls' Night In - Understanding Female Sexual Desire

Sponsored by El Camino Women's Hospital

The link between a woman's mind, her desires and her sexual health are crucial to her overall health and well-being. Sexual health problems affect more than 40% of women at some point in their lives. In comparison 31% of men have sexual problems and years after the introduction of medicines that would revolutionize sexual ability for men, there is still nothing available for women.

Join us for an evening of chocolate, fun and a viewing of the Discovery Channel’s Understanding Female Sexual Desire: The Brain-Body Connection. A panel of trusted El Camino Hospital health providers will be available to answer any questions plus all attendees will be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card and other prizes!

 We appreciate you taking the time to pre-register for Girls' Night In. To register on-line go to  If you do not have an email address please call 800-216-5556 to pre-register and we will send a confirmation in the mail.

All pre-registrants will be entered into our prize drawings that will be announced during the event!

Event Dates

We will be holding this event at both of El Camino Women's Hospital campuses:

Mountain View
Wednesday, September 1, 2010

7:00 - 8:30 pm
Conference rooms E, F & G
Maps & Directions

Panelists include:
Katherine Sutherland, MD - OB/GYN
Wesley Kong, MD - Urologist
Zorica Ljaljevic, MD - Psychiatrist
Joan Dillon - Physical Therapist

Los Gatos
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Conference rooms 2&3
Maps & Directions

Panelists include:
Nadine Graven, MD - OB/GYN
Sari Levine, MD - Urologist
Mary M Buxton LCSW, Inc. - Sex & Couples Therapy
Denise Alberto - Physical Therapist

Learn to Date - Find a Mate!

Join your friends and possibly your future spouse at this exciting and entertaining event! The first hour includes a discussion followed by some games. The first hour will cover:

  • getting over shyness
  • how to ask someone on a date
  • how to know if you are compatible with someone
  • dealing with rejection.

The second hour will be spent practing what you learned. You will have time to mingle and start discussions with some feedback provided by the class instructor. Come and learn how to date and hopefully you will leave with a mate!

Dates: This workshop will be held on Thursday, November 12 and again on Thursday, December 3 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the Conference Room.

Open to the Public.  Advance registration is required.

Cost: $40/person

Class Instructor: Mary Buxton, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. Mary has a private practice in psychotherapy in Campbell.

To register:
Non members: Contact in advance to register.

Questions? Contact Jenny Rowe -

Effective Parenting

Seven week S.T.E.P. (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) starts January, 2010.

Interested?  Email Mary.

Keeping your Sex Life Vital while Raising Children

Sponsored by the FUN Mom's club for Fremont, Union City, and Newark. An organization of about 300 mothers with at least one child under the age of 5. Dads welcome too!

Date: Tues, Feb. 2, 2010    7-9PM

Newark Community Center
33501 Cedar Blvd.
Newark, CA 94560
(Just a few minutes off the Dumbarton Bridge)

Speaker: Mary M Buxton LCSW, Inc., AASECT Certified Sex Therapist

Please RSVP to

“Rock, Paper, Scissors: Communicating Through Conflict” -  Stanford University’s Splash! for High School Students  (open to the public)

Mary will be speaking at Stanford University’s Splash! October 10-11, 2009.  Splash! brings high school students to Stanford’s campus for a two-day learning extravaganza.  Classes are taught by Stanford undergraduates, graduate students, and other community members.  Open to the public.  Registration starts September 27th.  Splash! website.

Couples Workshops
06/21/09 - 08/16/09

Take some time out for you and your partner to work on improving your relationship. Courtside's Couples Therapist has put together three special workshops designed to improve happiness, communication and conflict. Workshops are designed to attend with or without your partner.  Note: Individual workshops are open to the public.  You do not have to be a Courtside member to attend a single workshop.  Please contact Jenny Rowe at to sign up for a single session.

Workshop #1, June 21, 2009: Happiness - Finding Joy & Meaning in Your Life

Discover and understand the principles that will help you boost happiness in your life. This class is based on the popular book, "Happier" by Dr. Ben-Shahar. Each participant will receive "Happiness in a Box," with 52 happiness “how to” cards to help participants implement the workshop principles throughout the year.

Workshop #2, July 19, 2009: Relationship Tune Up - 7 Principles for Healthy Couples

This 90-minute lighthearted and entertaining talk will review the seven foundational principles for being a healthy couple. It is meant as a refresher course for newly minted and well worn couples. There will be a slide show with lecture and discussion. For attending, you will get a copy of Mary's Date by the Numbers, date night planner. It will be a way to take the theory of what you learn in the seminar and put it into practice in your own relationship. A “One dessert, two forks!” coupon will be given to each individual/couple at the workshop for a free desert at selected Los Gatos restaurants.

Workshop #3, August 16, 2009: Rock, Paper, Scissors - Conflict Survival Guide for Couples

All couples need a way to communicate their way through conflict to resolution. Without this, resentment can pile up and cause distance instead of connection. This workshop will use lecture, discussion and practice to develop a road map for communicating through conflict. Individuals and couples will take home their own copy of The Conflict Guide for Couples.


A Free Talk - “Relationship Tune Up”:
7 Principles for Healthy Couples

(Open to the public)
February 2, 2009, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center - Silicon Valley;  • Upstairs
14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos, CA 95032

This 90 minute lighthearted and entertaining talk will review the seven foundational principles for being a healthy couple. It is meant as a refresher course for newly minted and well worn couples.  There will be a slide show with lecture and discussion.  For attending, you will get a copy of Mary's Date by the Numbers , amplified with these principles related to each step of your date.  It will be a way to take the theory of what you learn in the seminar and put it into practice in your own relationship.  It's a gift to you for taking the time to attend the seminar.  A “One dessert, two forks!” coupon will be given to each individual/couple at the workshop for a free desert at selected Los Gatos restaurants.

FREE but please RSVP: Email Mary or (408) 371-4847

Sex Matters in a Developing Relationship
Talking with your new partner about first time sex can be difficult to do.  This workshop addresses the idea of being sexually healthy in a comprehensive way.  Sex Matters in A Developing Relationship invites participants to spend some time working on common challenge points in a developing relationship.  Details

Free Workshop on Sexuality Education for Parents

The Los Gatos Parenting Continuum will holding a free workshop aimed at dealing with sexuality education for parents/caretakers and their kids.  The workshop (for parents only) will be held the first of next year, 2006.  Please check back for details or to be notified via e-mail, use the form on the “Contact Mary” page.   Details >.


More seminars and lectures are planned for the near future, please check back or click here to be notified about upcoming seminars and lectures.

MS Woman’s Day

Mary will be one a number of interesting speakers and presenters at this informative event.  Be sure and check out the “Schedule of events” below.

The goal of MS Women’s Day is to empower and inspire women to live fully with MS and to connect them other women living with MS,  their family members and friends.  It is also to provide an opportunity for pampering and fun.  The program is open to Women with MS, their mothers, daughters and female friends. 

Mary and co-presenter, Leah Ettinger, MD, will be talking about Sexuality, Intimacy, Dating and Relationships with MS.

  • MS Web site (has more detailed information about the organization)


Keeping Love and Sex Alive
in a Long Term Relationship

Seminar is FREE.  Click here for more details


Sex, Health & Menopause
Los Gatos, California
Click here for details


Sex After Baby?
A Free Lecture on Sexuality and Parenthood
Click here for details

Cancer Isn't Sexy, People Are

Sponsored by Palo Alto Medical Foundation

This talk focuses on adjustments, communication, and practical strategies for keeping your sex life going during or after cancer treatment.  The talk focuses on issues for men and women survivors and their partners. 

When: Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Where: Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Mountain View Center
701 E El Camino Real, Mountain View
3rd Floor Conference Room

Time: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Instructor: Mary M Buxton LCSW, Inc.
Mary Buxton is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist with 25 years counseling experience with individuals and couples.

Moderator: Meg Cornish, LCSW

Cost: Free

Registration:  Please register prior to Tuesday, February 8th by calling 650-934-7373.

Updated 8/18/12

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