Sex therapy is the treatment of sexual problems within an individual, a couple or both. I utilize talk therapy as well as teaching you specialized procedures/techniques to help you eliminate sexual dysfunction and improve the sexual health and relationship functioning of your relationship. Sex therapy for couples works best when both members of the couple show up to the sessions to work through their problems together. Progress can still be achieved with only one person from the couple attending. People that are not currently involved in a relationship can also benefit from sex therapy by learning how to prepare for a future relationship.
Benefits of Sex Therapy
Sex therapy is extremely effective in helping individuals and couples to resolve sexual difficulties and is known to have many other benefits as well. People that have undergone sex therapy have reported decreased anxiety and enhanced sexual satisfaction with their partner as well as overall improvement in communication. Many people experience increased self-confidence and emotional stability. Couples learn to become more expressive and assertive with each other. Anxiety and doubt are replaced with satisfying sexual intimacy.
How can Sex Therapy help me?
Sex therapy can help you resolve various sexual problems, including concerns regarding sexual functioning and intimacy/emotional issues within your relationship. Through sex therapy, you may focus on issues such as:
- Communicating about sexual topics
- Communicating about your emotions in a healthy way
- Concerns about sexual arousal or desire
- Concerns regarding past sexual trauma
- Erectile dysfunction (ED)
- Trouble reaching orgasm (Anorgasmia)
- Ejaculating too quickly (Premature Ejaculation)
- Compulsive sexual behavior
- Painful intercourse (Dyspareunia)
What can I expect during Sex Therapy?
Communicating about sex & intimacy
Many people find talking about sex and intimacy to be uncomfortable. One of the first things that we will discuss in sex therapy is how to talk about sex and intimacy. It is sometimes necessary to create some language that you and your partner find acceptable in talking about sex. One of the reasons people find it difficult to discuss sex is due to nature of descriptive sexual terms either being too scientific or too crude. Unfortunately, there is still a stigma attached to talking openly about sex in our American culture. If this is a problem for you, we will discuss that as well. Together, we will come up with a way that feels comfortable to everyone in how to communicate about sex and intimacy before moving forward in the process.
Assessing the problem(s)
It will be necessary for me to ask you some specific questions regarding the problems you are experiencing. We will need to determine when the problem started, how you have already tried to solve the problem, and why you think the problem started. We will also need to determine if there is a medical or physical cause of the problem. A physical examination by a physician may be necessary to rule out any medical or physical causes.
Developing a treatment plan
If we determine that there is a medical cause to the sexual problems you are experiencing, I will work with your physician in developing a treatment plan to solve the problem. If we determine the cause is emotional or psychological, I will work with you to develop a treatment plan. Many times, unresolved emotional issues within the relationship or stress can be the root causes to sexual problems or intimacy issues. In some cases, once the unresolved emotional issues or stress is resolved, the sexual problems are resolved as a result. If sexual problems are still occurring, I will give you some sexual techniques and exercises specific to helping resolve the problems.
If you are experiencing sexual problems or intimacy issues in your relationship, I urge you to contact me and make a healthy step in the right direction. I know that contacting me regarding these issues can feel daunting but, your alternative is to continue to live unsatisfied in your relationship. I promise to provide you with a safe, comfortable, and confidential environment for you to start working toward a satisfying sexual relationship full of emotional intimacy. I look forward to hearing from you.
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