Why Sex Therapy
Sex therapy is a specialized area of counseling to help individuals and couples address concerns about sexual function, sexual feelings and intimacy-either individually or in therapy with a partner. Sex therapy can be an effective resource for adults of any age, gender or sexual orientation who experience sexual related problems or who want to address relationship struggles due to disagreements about sexual practices. Talking about sex and intimacy can feel awkward, whether you understand your sexual issues or you’re baffled by the problem. Remember, therapists trained in sex therapy understand these reservations and are trained to help identify and explore sexual issues. Through sex therapy, you’ll learn to express yourself clearly and better understand your own sexual needs, as well as your partner’s sexual needs.
What to Expect
Sometimes sex therapy is short term but typically a number of counseling sessions are required-usually weekly or once every two weeks for several months. If you are in a relationship, it is usually more helpful to involve your partner in the counseling sessions. You’ll begin by describing your specific sexual concerns. Sexual issues can be complicated and your therapist will want to get a clear idea of all the factors involved. As the therapy progresses, you’ll use assigned homework exercises to further identify and refine the issues you’d like to work on. Sex therapy is completely talk therapy, and never involves physical contact with the clients.
Sometimes concerns about sex and intimacy are often linked to other underlying issues such as stress, anxiety or depression. In other cases, sexual function is affected by chronic illness, medication side effects or surgery. We can help you sort through these complexities in addition to helping you understand the physiological processes that are a part of human sexuality. We can also work collaboratively with your medical provider, if needed.
Through sex therapy you may address:
• Concerns about sexual desire
• Concerns regarding arousal
• Concerns about sexual interests or sexual orientation
• Compulsive sexual behavior
• Erectile dysfunction
• Ejaculation too quickly (premature ejaculation)
• Trouble reaching orgasm (anorgasmia)
• Painful intercourse (dyspareunia)
• Intimacy issues related to a disability, medical or chronic condition
• Recovery from sexual assault