Sex therapy is counseling for complications related to sex and intimacy. Sometimes sex therapy is administered individually and in private, or couples may choose to attend therapy together. The goal is to help clients resolve problems they are experiencing relating to sexual performance, function, or even emotions and feelings. In many cases, issues can be resolved with just a few sessions. However, long-term sex therapy is available to those who need it. There are many reasons for visiting a sex therapist, such as:
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Painful Intercourse
- Sexual Addictions
- Confusion About Sexual Orientation
- Concerns About Sexual Interests
- Sexual Disinterest
- Feeling Sexually Unfulfilled
Did you know?
Modern sex therapy may only be decades old, but people have been seeking answers and giving advice about sex for thousands of years. The Kama Sutra has been passed around among the Chinese since the Middle Ages, and the ancient Greeks published widely read sex manuals. Even the Bible offered sexual advice, with an entire book – The Song of Solomon – dedicated to the passion between lovers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for sex therapy?
You may benefit from sex therapy if you are struggling with issues surrounding arousal, libido, or performance in the bedroom. Sex therapy is also helpful for individuals who have been sexually abused or who have problems with intimacy. Even clients with medical conditions, like erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, or an inability to reach orgasm may benefit from sex therapy.
What should I expect during a sex therapy session?
Sex therapy is all about you and the connection you share with your partner when being intimate. Your first session will begin with a discussion about your concerns or any symptoms you may be experiencing. Based on that discussion, your therapist may ask you some questions, make some suggestions, or teach you some tools for facilitating communication during sex.
How will sex therapy affect my day to day life?
Sex therapy often involves ‘homework’ assignments for you to complete with your partner. These assignments are customized to your needs, but usually involve instructions for changing the way you view or approach sex.