Sex Therapy -- Adults and Couples
Let's face it, there comes a time in many individuals or couple's lives where sex just wasn't as great as it once was. This is where sex therapy can help!
The Mayo Clinic defines sex therapy as a type of psychotherapy — a general term for treating mental health problems by talking with a mental health professional. Through sex therapy, you can address concerns about sexual function, sexual feelings and intimacy, either in individual therapy or in joint therapy with your partner. Sex therapy can be effective for individuals of any age, sex or sexual orientation.
Sex therapy is usually provided by psychologists, social workers, physicians or licensed therapists who have special training in issues related to sex and relationships. Certified sex therapists have graduate degrees and can demonstrate their competence in sex therapy by becoming credentialed by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).
Certified sex therapists do not have sexual contact with clients, in the office or anywhere else. Sexual coaching that involves physical contact is not part of mainstream sex therapy.
Sex therapy is usually short term, with a limited number of sessions. The treatment plan depends on the concerns to be addressed. For more inform, please visit the Mayo Clinic website: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/sex-therapy/about/pac-20384613.
We work with a variety of different sexual concerns, depending on whether we work with individuals or couples: differing levels of interest/libido between two people in a relationship, how to communicate about sex and ask for what you want, working with and through sexual dysfunction.
One of the best parts of sex therapy is that it traditionally looks at any issue a person or couple/relationship might be having, and looks at it from the "ecosystemic model," meaning that we take many things into account when helping people. What messages did they get growing up about sex? How much stress is in their life currently? Are they experiencing any medical issues or chronic illness? How are they getting along with their spouse or sexual partner?
Here is a more detailed list of topics we discuss in sex therapy:
Sex therapy can help you resolve various sexual issues, from concerns about sexual function or feelings to the way you relate to your partner. Through sex therapy, you may focus on issues such as:
- Concerns about sexual desire or arousal
- Concerns about sexual interests or sexual orientation
- Impulsive sexual behavior
- Erectile dysfunction
- Ejaculating early (premature ejaculation)
- Difficulty with sexual arousal
- Trouble reaching orgasm (anorgasmia)
- Painful intercourse (dyspareunia)
- Intimacy issues related to a disability or chronic condition
- Concerns regarding past unwanted sexual experiences