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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. Many individuals find it difficult to talk about sex, 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. Some people seek help individually, while others may choose to pursue sex therapy with a romantic partner. Sex therapy is not limited to these concerns, but these are some of the more common reasons people seek guidance, including:

  • Difficulty obtaining an orgasm
  • Sexual compatibility
  • Performance difficulties (Erectile Dysfunction/Premature Ejaculation)
  • Physical intimacy
  • Sexual exploration
  • Sex addictions
  • Intimacy after infidelity or childbirth
  • A couple’s disparity in sex drives 
  • Emotional intimacy
  • Sexless marriage/relationship

What Should I Expect From Sex Therapy?

The topic of sex is intimidating in itself and asking for help in that area can feel even more uncomfortable. 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 preview of some common goals and strategies used in sex therapy.

  • Vocalizing concerns and goals out loud
  • Receive an empathic, safe, and non-judgmental 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 Can I 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.

Talk to a Sex Therapist Today

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, and be sure to explore our online counseling services as well!