What is sex therapy?

 

Sex Therapy is psychotherapy that focuses on specific concerns related to human sexuality. Sex Therapists use specialized clinical skills and theoretical knowledge to help people solve their sexual problems.

 

In most states, Sex Therapy is not a regulated profession and "sex therapist" is not a protected title. As a result, any person can claim they do "sex therapy" even if they lack the training, knowledge and experience necessary to help with sexual issues. 

 

To assure the public of highly qualified practitioners, the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) provides certification to those therapists who have met and continue to meet several rigorous and stringent qualifications. 

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As an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, I work with a variety of sexual issues, including:

 

 

  • Sexual Problems in Relationships
  • Problems with Sexual Desire, Functioning and Orgasm
  • Effects of Sexual Harrassment, Abuse and Assault
  • Sexual/Pornography Compulsivity
  • Medical Conditions that Affect Sexuality 
  • Problems with Sexual Pain 
  • Issues Related to Sexual Orientation, including Mixed Orientation Marriages & Relationships
  • Couples and Individuals interested in Enhancing their Sexual Experiences

*************************************************************************What What happens in Sex Therapy?

 

My work as a sex therapist involves shaping conversations and providing information to help people find solutions for improving their sexual lives. In doing this, it is my job to make sure the people who come to my office feel comfortable, safe, and respected at all times. It is also my job to be helpful, to make the best use of my knowledge and skills so people's lives and relationships become less about pain, struggle and failure and more about joy, success and achievement.

 

What doesn't happen in Sex Therapy?

 

Sex. There is never any sexual activity that takes place in a therapist's office and there is absolutely never any sexual activity that takes place with a sex therapist or with a sex therapist present. 

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Narrative Sex Therapy

 

My particular sex therapy practices are informed by the understandings and values associated with Narrative Therapy. In many ways, this is a new and innovative approach to working with sexual problems and I am fortunate to be involved in contributing to its development through practice, research and writing. Stay-tuned for ongoing developments!  

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