Definition of Sex Therapy
Sex therapy is defined as a type of therapy that addresses mental health issues and/ or emotional concerns related to one’s sex drive, function, or desire for sexual intimacy. At no point does sex therapy include sexual or physical contact with or in front of the therapist and the topics are based on the individual’s comfort level. Sex is an uncomfortable topic for many people, but having an empathic and supportive environment to speak about it has shown tremendous benefit.
Common Reasons to Seek Sex Therapy
There are many reasons people seek sex therapy, but it is most recommended to those whose quality of life is significantly impacted by their sexual function or desires. Sex therapy is not limited to these issues, but these are some of the more common reasons people seek guidance.
- Difficulty obtaining an orgasm
- Mismatched sexual desires
- Performance issues (Erectile Dysfunction/Premature Ejaculation)
- Physical intimacy
- Sexual exploration
- Sex addictions
- Intimacy after infidelity or childbirth
- Different sex drive than your partner
- Emotional intimacy
- Sexless marriage/relationship
What To Expect in Sex Therapy
The topic of sex is intimidating in itself and asking for help in that area can feel even more embarrassing. Therefore when people are struggling in some of the areas listed above, they may be reluctant to reach out for help. Before going in for sex counseling, it can be comforting to know a little bit about what to expect. Below is a sneak peak of some common goals and strategies used in sex therapy.
- Vocalizing concerns and goals out loud
- Receive an empathic, safe, and non-judgemental environment
- Explore yourself sexually and emotionally
- Learn about self
- Create long-lasting solutions to concerns at hand
- Improve mental and emotional state
- Address mental health concerns
How You Will Benefit From Sex Therapy
Adequate and comprehensive sex counseling can have a positive impact on an individual within a short period of time. While going to therapy is helpful in itself, it will be most effective if the individual is willing to accept and commit to the concepts presented to them throughout each session. As with other forms of counseling, it shows its best results based on the work that is put in. If the effort is made, the individual may have a more satisfying sexual experience and/or relationship.
If you are currently struggling with any of the concerns listed above and would like some guidance, it may be useful to connect with a therapist. To learn more about relationship counseling, contact Symmetry Counseling today!