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What is Sex Therapy?
Simply put, sex therapy refers to talk therapy that addresses any concern or issue regarding sexual health.
Sex therapy is a specific area within the larger context of traditional psychotherapy with a therapist that has specific training in all areas of sexual health. This includes focusing on more sensitive topics concerning to individuals, couples, survivors of sexual trauma, LGBTQ clients, teenagers, and adults at all phases of life.
These topics can include:
- sexual function/ dysfunction (pain, desire level, arousal, orgasm)
- sexual orientation and identity
- gender identity/ dysphoria
- relationship dynamics
- affair recovery
- intimacy/ connection
- compulsive sexual behaviors (sometimes referred to as sex addiction)
- sexual trauma
- past childhood sexual abuse
- issues related to infertility, childbirth, post-partum
- sexuality and aging
- healthy sexual development and expression
- sexuality and spirituality
Typically, when meeting with a sex therapist, the first few sessions are spent getting to know you and understanding your problem. We will explore your
Sex therapy is usually short term. However, when necessary, the sex therapist will work with you to resolve long term underlying issues which may be interfering with free expression of sexuality and overall sexual health. Sex therapy is appropriate for individuals and couples.
Often, concerns with sexual health are present alongside other mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, OCD, marital/ relationship issues, self-esteem, etc. Sex therapy can be a helpful addition that is incorporated into your overall mental health needs.
Please keep in mind that because of the nature of sex therapy, there is much emphasis on creating a warm, comfortable, safe, and nonjudgmental environment for you to explore these concerns.