Sex therapy is a form of counseling intended to help individuals and couples resolve sexual difficulties, such as performance anxiety or relationship problems. Patients generally meet in the therapist’s Clinic. Some choose to attend sessions alone, others bring their partner with them. Session frequency and length usually depend on the patient and the type of problem being addressed.
It’s normal for patients to feel anxious when seeing a sex therapist/sexologist, especially for the first time. Many people have trouble talking about sex at all, so discussing it with a stranger may feel awkward. However, most sex therapists/sexologists recognize this and try to make their patients feel comfortable. Often, they start with questions about the patients health and sexual background, sex education, beliefs about sex, and the patients specific sexual concerns.
It’s important to know that sex therapy sessions do not involve any physical contact or sexual activity among patients and therapist/sexologist.
Why Do People Have Sex Therapy?
A sex therapist/Sexologist can help people with various sexual problems, including:
Lack of desire
Difficulty having an orgasm
Pain during sex or inability to have penetrative sex
Difficulty getting or keeping an erection (erectile dysfunction)
Premature ejaculation or other ejaculation problems
What Actually Happens In Sex Therapy?
Talking about and exploring your experiences will help you get a better understanding of what is happening and the reasons. Sessions usually last for 30 to 50 minutes. The therapist may advise you to have weekly sessions or to see them less frequently, such as once a month.
Benefits Of Sex Therapy
“Most importantly,” sex therapy can help individuals and/or couples cultivate more confidence in their sexual identity and expression so they can live a more sexually fulfilling life.
Enhance and rejuvenate your marriage or relationship.
Pain with sexual touch
Feeling disconnected when engaging sexually with a partner
Processing past sexual trauma in one’s current relationship
Building trust and safety
Discomfort with fantasies
Frustration achieving orgasm – alone, and/or with others
Motivation to explore new ways of expressing desire
Reconnecting with sexuality after major life events
Exploration of lifestyle that feels authentic to sexual preference
Sexuality in the context of infertility
Ways to foster intimacy in long term relationships
A lack of sexual desire for one’s partner or low libido
Undesired or out-of-control sexual behavior with partners or alone