Sex therapy provides a safe space to discuss a topic that remains a societal taboo. It´s not easy to face sexual issues, and sexual issues might contribute to feelings of shame, worry, anxiety, or frustratration. It can be hard to talk about these issues or even to face them. Sex therapy is meant to help individuals without judgment or stigma and provide the support they need. Sex therapy is also an effective way to overcome many issues, address one’s concerns, and answer one’s questions.
When something isn't right with our body, we seek out the appropriate medical doctors. When we're feeling mental anguish, we seek out a mental health therapist. Similarly, when something is wrong with our sex life, sexual satisfaction, or another aspect of our sexuality, we should seek out a sex therapist. A sex therapist has unique training surrounding sexual matters that might otherwise be missed in traditional therapy.
Sex therapy is a type of psychotherapy that is focused on improving sexual function, feelings, intimacy, or dealing with different related issues. Sex therapy is important and can help many people find fulfillment or solve any issues they might be facing.
What kind of issues are resolved in sex therapy?
· Couple intimacy problems
· Premature ejaculation (ejaculating too quickly during sex)
· Erectile dysfunction (difficulties achieving or maintaining an erection)
· Impulsive or compulsive sexual behavior (e.g., sex addiction)
· Difficulties reaching orgasm (anorgasmia)
· Pain during intercourse (dyspareunia)
· Concerns with one’s performance, sexuality, sexual interests, sexual desire
· Past sexual trauma
Sex therapy is a comprehensive intervention. It can work with the physical, emotional, and cognitive underpinnings of a sexual dysfunction, resolve past trauma, clarify and educate on sexual issues, and work on any related issues.
In general, people come to a sex therapist with specific concerns that are addressed throughout the sessions. Treatment length varies and is tailored to each individually.
Talking about sex can feel awkward or embarrassing, but a trained sex therapist prepared to listen, provide a supportive environment, and address any concerns the person might have. Sex therapists also work with couples and, often, the partner might become involved in the treatment to improve intimacy. Other times, the work will be deeply personal or focused on an individual.
What is not addressed in sex therapy?
It’s important to address some common misconceptions about sex therapy. First, it does not involve any touching, physical contact, or anything similar. The therapist respects the patient’s boundaries at all times. Secondly, sex therapy is an official branch of psychotherapy and, as such, uses evidence-based methods, strategies, and techniques. It is not esoteric.
Throughout the course of sex therapy, a patient can improve their satisfaction with their sex life, resolve certain issues like erectile dysfunction or anorgasmia, find the underlying causes for a sexual problem, work with sexual trauma, and improve their intimacy and understanding of their own sexuality. Overall, it is a useful resource for anyone who is feeling dissatisfied or concerned with their sexuality and would like to improve the way they experience intimacy.