What is Sex Therapy?
As defined by the Mayo Clinic, “Sex therapy is a type of psychotherapy — a general term for treating mental health problems by talking with a mental health professional. Through sex therapy, you can address concerns about sexual function, sexual feelings and intimacy, either in individual therapy or in joint therapy with your partner. Sex therapy can be effective for individuals of any age, sex or sexual orientation.”
Who Provides Sex Therapy?
Sex therapy is usually provided by psychologists, social workers, physicians or licensed therapists who have special training in issues related to sex and relationships. Certified sex therapists have graduate degrees and can demonstrate their competence in sex therapy by becoming credentialed by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). for more information, please visit aasect here.
PLEASE NOTE: Certified sex therapists do not have sexual contact with clients under any circumstance. Sexual coaching that involves physical contact is not part of sex therapy provided by mainstream sex therapists.
How long is a person in sex therapy? how much is it and who needs it?
Sex therapy is usually short term, with a limited number of sessions. The treatment plan depends on the concerns to be addressed. Sex therapy is a specialty within therapy and is offered at a specialty rate (higher than generalized therapy). Sex therapy is available for anyone who feels they could benefit from sessions geared specifically at this issue. In my experience with teenagers in treatment, it typically manifests as educating them about healthy sexuality expression, healthy and safe practices, healthy body image, and mutually safe and fulfilling intimate relationships.
What is sexuality education?
As defined by The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), sexuality education is “a lifelong process of acquiring information and forming attitudes, beliefs, and values. It encompasses sexual development, sexual and reproductive health, interpersonal relationships, affection, intimacy, body image, and gender roles.”
More about Specialty Services:
The field of sex therapy is vast and as diverse as each individual human being. my practice approaches sex therapy within the scope of the following concerns:
non-consensual sexual experiences (trauma, abuse, harassment)
Women who struggle with desiring sex; enjoying fulfilling sex; sexual functioning; sexual feelings and intimacy
Teens who need appropriate, accurate information about healthy sexual behaviors and expression, and sexuality education