What is sex therapy? Sex therapy refers to a therapist or coach who specializes in helping clients with problems and concerns around human sexuality, relationships, and intimacy.
The term sex therapy is most often used in conjunction with a therapist who is a licensed mental health professional, however non mental health professionals such as coaches and somatic sex educators may also use the label "sex therapy" to describe what they do.
Human sexuality as an area of specialty in the mental health profession and the coaching world has many dimensions in terms of what any one professional may focus on in their practice.
For example one professional may be well versed in working with the specific challenges faced by the LGBTQ community while another may specialize in infertility and perinatal loss.
If you are seeking the help of a sex therapist and considering sex therapy as a potential solution for your problem it is helpful to inquire what the sex therapist's specialty areas are and what particular populations or issues they have experience working with.
Keep in mind that sex therapists spend all day every day talking about sexual issues with their clients and have specialized training in working with sexual problems.
You can rest assured that a sex therapist has helped many clients with issues similar to yours and they are very comfortable in helping you find a solution to your sexual challenge.
Your initial sex therapy session will be similar to a regular counseling or coaching session with the exception that the focus will be on your relationship and sexual challenges.
While this may feel a little bit uncomfortable at first, being as explicit as you feel comfortable helps the sex therapist be able to craft an effective treatment plan that will address the roots of your presenting sexual challenge.
Couples should attend this first visit together. If the therapist finds it to be necessary and therapeutically beneficial, some of your sessions may be done individually, however if you area tending therapy as a couple, the relationship will always be the main focus and you will usually be expected to attend your sex therapy sessions together.
If you'd like to learn more about sex therapy and whether or not it's right for you and your relationship please request your complimentary phone consultation using hte link below.
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