Sex therapists are specially trained beyond the minimal amount of education about sexuality that is required for their licenses as counselors or psychologists. They also tend to have much greater than average knowledge about the physiological processes that are a part of human sexuality. Sex therapists have specific, scientifically proven ways to treat a particular issue when someone presents it. They tailor treatment to each individual client, and can work with a couple, or with people facing sexual issues individually.
What are some of the specific issues with which sex therapists can help? Sexual arousal and/ or interest; getting and maintaining an erection; premature ejaculation; female orgasmic difficulties; sexual issues related to religion/spirituality, family values, culture, and/or ethnicity; sexual health related to medical factors; pain experienced during penetration; vaginismus; issues related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity; and sexual issues related to a history of sexual abuse or trauma. Have something else on your mind?
It’s likely your sex therapist has heard it, and can help. Feeling a little nervous about seeing a sex therapist? Don’t worry; sex therapy is completely talk therapy – it’s just about sex and the underlying issues that may effect sexual functioning and sexuality. You might be invited to try new things in the privacy of your own home, but invitations are extended with your comfort level in mind, and they can always be declined.