Sex therapy is talk therapy, or psychotherapy, with a focus on sexual issues. Sexuality does not exist in isolation – it is a part of your overall functioning as a person and a part of the overall functioning of a relationship. During the intake process, I will assess what areas we will likely need to address in order to improve your sexual issue. We will also explore and identify your attitudes about sex and the sexual problem. I’ll often recommend specific exercises to increase comfort levels, facilitate healing, and refocus your attention and expectations – as an individual or as a couple.
If sexual issues are causing you distress, keeping you from living fully alive, or preventing true closeness between you and your partner, sex therapy can help. We can address issues including mismatched sexual desire, performance issues, pain during intercourse, questions of sexual identity or orientation, loss of passion with partner, feelings of disconnect from one’s own body or sexuality, sexual trauma, negative sexual experiences, negative sexual self esteem and fear or anxiety about sex.
Specific objectives may include the following:
- Learning to eliminate and relax distractions
- Learning to communicate what you’d like in a positive way
- Learning nonsexual touching techniques
- Increasing or enhancing sexual stimulation
- Healing from sexual trauma or negative sexual experiences
- Minimizing pain during intercourse