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 frustration. 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.
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, it's beneficial to 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 focused on improving sexual function, feelings, intimacy, or dealing with different related issues. Sex therapy can help many people find fulfillment or solve any issues they might be facing.
What kind of issues are resolved in sex therapy?
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.
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.
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.
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