What is Sex Therapy?
Sex therapy uses specialized skills and specific treatment approaches to sexual problems and relationship issues. It helps you clarify, set goals and resolve sexual questions or difficulties which affect you and your relationship. Sometimes physical difficulties prevent or diminish sexual pleasure. In other instances, sexual communication and intimacy may seem difficult, and unsatisfying.
How does Sex Therapy work?
Choosing to begin sex therapy takes confidence to risk speaking about and sharing some very private information about oneself. Your therapist will do an assessment and, when appropriate, a full social and sexual history. You finish therapy when you have accomplished your goals. At all times, you are in charge of the pace, type of growth and the changes that you make. Sex therapy sessions are confidential.
Is Sex Therapy for you?
Sex therapy is helpful to couples, families and individuals. In fact, sexual concerns are often major factors which prevent people from forming satisfying relationships. People of various ages are seen in therapy. People from all walks of life experience sexual difficulties and want accurate sexual information. Also cultural taboos, shyness or embarrassment about sex affect many people.
For many couples who are interested in sexual enrichment, therapy is a safe place to acquire appropriate information and explore new behaviours.
What does Sex Therapy treat?
Many issues are appropriate for counselling, including sexual communication and negotiation. Other topics may be frequency, mutually agreeable behaviours, extra-marital sex and managing jealousy, lack of desire or boredom with routine. Some men may have problems with erections or ejaculation and women may have concerns about orgasm, painful intercourse or lubrication. For both partners there are sexual changes through life’s stages, including the effects of pregnancy and parenting, questions in mid-life, menopause and aging, and sexual activity following illness, surgery or disability.
We see people who have had sexual trauma: are recovering from sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation as a child and other coercive sexual experiences. We also help people become comfortable with less common eroticisms, behaviours and fetishes.
Relationship and Individual Counselling
Although your sexual history reflects how you interact in many other areas of your life, not all issues that bring you to therapy are of a sexual nature. We can help you create or change a relationship, including contracting an alternative lifestyle or dissolution. We assist you to perceive options, make choices and resolve your concerns.