Sex Therapy is talk therapy that focuses on issues of a sexual nature. This focus could include sexual dysfunction, sexual trauma, sex addiction, relationship and couple’s issues, or gender and sexual identity issues.
Sex Therapy often involves partners, but it also could be used in individual counseling.
Sex therapists operate from the assumption that every human has sexuality or experience with sex. Just as issues may arise in other areas of life, issues can arise related to sex that counseling can address.
A partner may seek Sex Therapy if they have anxiety-related concerns involving sex with their partner. Sex therapists can help individuals work through emotions related to sex to help identify what is causing anxiety during intimate moments.
Couples may seek Sex Therapy to address concerns within their sexual relationship like expressing what they find pleasurable, what they don’t, and how they can come together to experience satisfactory and pleasurable sex as a couple.
For those questioning their gender or sexual orientation, Sex therapists provide a safe, non-judgemental space to explore their options. Sex therapists do not attempt to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
Sex therapists also can address sexual trauma in clients and the wide array of adverse effects. Some people seek Sex Therapy to assist them in coping with sex addiction, where sex therapists can help employ cognitive and behavioral techniques or trauma that has led the person to feel unhealthy in their sexual behavior.
Anyone interested in addressing sex, sexuality, or intimacy with their partner could benefit from engaging in Sex Therapy.