If you’re experiencing a sexual problem, the last thing you probably want to do is talk about it. But sex therapy is designed to help you to do just that so you can get to the bottom of your sexual issues and reverse them. Working with a Certified Sex Therapist, sex therapy can help with a variety of issues including erectile dysfunction, low libido, and other sexual problems.
It can help you work through these issues in a supportive, non-judgmental, and educational environment. So, what does Sex Therapy really entail? And who qualifies as a Sex Therapist? Continue reading to understand the truth about this type of therapy.
Sex Therapy Is Like Other Forms of Counseling
Contrary to what some believe, there’s nothing strange, deviant, or kinky going on behind the walls of a Sex Therapist’s office. In reality, Sex therapy is not very different from other forms of mental health counseling. Sex therapy is conducted by a professionally trained Sex Therapist in methods of treatment and rehabilitation for sex and relationship
problems. Your Sex Therapist will collect a detailed sex history and formulate goals and interventions for solving your sexual issues.
You’ll Explore the Mental Side of Sex
Your Sex Therapist will help you work through emotional issues that may be contributing to sexual problems. Sex therapy typically begins with learning about performance anxiety and then moves on to teaching how to establish open lines of sexual communication to discuss sexual wants and needs.
There Will Be Homework
While nothing sexual in nature will happen at the office, a Sex Therapist will provide ideas for things you can try at home. A Sex Therapist may suggest you try trust building techniques, sexual desire improvement tool-building, and sensate focus exercises, which are designed to help you attune more to your partner. The exercises are typically
done in stages, starting with touching or stroking anywhere on the body, except the breasts and genital areas.
It may Help to Bring Your Partner
If you are dealing with issues as a couple, it's a good idea to bring along your partner. But if you're looking to work on personal issues, you may want to meet with your Sex Therapist one-on-one before bringing along your mate.
You Keep Your Clothes On
One thing is for certain: Under no circumstances should you have to take your clothes off in a Sex Therapist’s office. This should never, ever occur, and if you are asked to do so, leave immediately.
Sex therapy can help you resolve various sexual issues, from concerns about sexual function or feelings to the way you relate to your partner. Through sex therapy, you may focus on issues such as:
It’s important to remember that Sex Therapy is similar to mental health counseling. What it can
help with is problems that are primarily mental or emotional in nature.
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