Sex therapy is one area of mental health that doesn’t always get talked about. Many individuals feel hesitant to bring up sexual concerns with their therapist, waiting until later in the therapy process to introduce the topic. Others misunderstand what sex therapy is, and continue to struggle on their own.
What is sex therapy?
Sex therapy is therapy to improve sexual functioning and treat sexual dysfunction. Sex therapy can be done in individual and couples therapy.
What happens in sex therapy?
Just like other areas of therapy, in sex therapy, the therapist will complete an intake process with the client to gather information on the nature of the problem and begin to create a treatment plan. This plan might include goals about visiting with a medical doctor to rule out or diagnose medical issues.
Is sex therapy safe for my value system?
Just like other areas of therapy, your therapist is trained to be respectful of and work within their client’s values system. If you have any concerns that the content of sex therapy might not fit within your values, talk to the therapist up front. Talking about our sexuality with a therapist can be a new experience, and that might feel uncomfortable, but therapists want to make you feel as safe and at ease as possible.
Will the therapist take sides?
The therapist’s job is not to prove one person right and one person wrong, but to explore the history and nature of the concern. The therapist will help the couple or individual explore their beliefs and values surrounding sex, identifying and helping to shift harmful or inaccurate beliefs, and provide resources and educational materials. The therapist will create a safe, supportive environment as the clients create new, value congruent, healthy patterns of behavior.
What can a sex therapist help me with?
A sex therapist can provide support, education and hope in creating sexual wholeness. They can work with a broad range of sexual issues. Desire discrepancy (where one partner has a higher or lower libido than the other), problematic sexual behaviors (particularly compulsive, or what are sometimes referred to as addictive behaviors), LGBTQ issues (orientation concerns, transitioning, or parenting), trauma, infidelity, “sexless” marriages, orgasm concerns, ED/premature/delayed ejaculation, painful intercourse, polyamory, kink, pornography concerns, or resolving spiritual/sexual conflicts.
If you have been struggling with an area of your sexuality or sexual relationships, but have been hesitant to talk about it, schedule an appointment with Alice at 801-944-4555 today. Sexual health is an important aspect of good mental health, and you do not need to suffer alone when there is hope and help available.