Your ability to maintain a sexual relationship with another person, your sexual intimacy, and your sexual confidence all play a large part in your health and happiness. When there are issues with the ability to be sexual intimate with others or an issue with sexual function, it can create problems in other areas of life and exacerbate the symptoms of pre-existing mental health issues. Sex therapy is a talk therapy that allows you to address those issues in a safe place with the guidance of an objective professional who can help you in private sessions, or in sessions with your partner, to work through some of the traumas, perceptions and other psychological obstacles that may be holding you back.
Sex therapy can be a valuable component to your mental health treatment program, especially if you are working to mend your relationship with your spouse or build a healthy foundation for a new romantic relationship in your life. Contact us today to find a licensed sex therapist to augment your treatment program.
*Sex Therapy Quick Facts
- Psychologists, licensed therapists and physicians may be specialists in sex therapy.
- Sex therapists should have a graduate degree and can be credentialed by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).
- Sex therapy treatment is a short-term set of sessions designed to address a specific sexual issue.
- There is absolutely no sexual contact of any kind between patient and therapist either during the session or outside of treatment.
The Goal of Sex Therapy
Through talking about your issues related to sex and sexual function, you can become more comfortable with yourself as a sexual being and be more comfortable and confident in all situations, in and out of the bedroom. You may not know why you have certain “hang-ups” or are experiencing obstacles in intimate moments. Exploration of the subject with an objective sex therapist can help you to identify the issue and learn how to help yourself overcome the impediments that are holding you back from the experiences you want for yourself.
There is no need to feel embarrassed with your sex therapist. Your therapist is trained to deal with the exact problems you are experiencing – and trained to help you better understand what is happening to you and why.
Is Your Sex Therapist a Good Fit for You?
If you don’t feel comfortable with your therapist, you will make little to no progress in sex therapy. Before you begin, ask your therapist some questions to determine whether or not he or she is a good fit for you:
- Where were you educated? What is your experience?
- What will happen in each treatment session?
- How do we plan for treatment goals and check in to see if we’re making progress?
- How many sessions should I expect?
- Can I bring my partner or new partner with me?
*Issues Addressed During Sex Therapy
Patients have successfully received help and guidance during sex therapy in dealing with:
- Fears or worries about sexual desire, impulses, interests or orientation
- Inability to bond emotionally to sex partners
- Pain (mental or physical) caused by or associated with sexual intercourse
- Compulsive sex acts
- Erectile dysfunction
- Inability to experience orgasm
- Premature ejaculation
Is Sex Therapy Right for You?
Though it may be awkward to consider opening up about such a personal subject with a total stranger, sex therapy can be the safest possible place to explore your issues, identify the problem, and come up with possible coping skills that will help. If you are interested in finding out more about sex therapy or determining whether or not it will benefit your overall treatment program, contact us today to speak with a counselor.