How Sex Therapy Can Lead to More Intimacy
A relationship requires different things to thrive. Good communication is necessary, as is mutual respect and compromise. But one of the most important aspects of a healthy relationship is a sense of intimacy between each other. While intimacy can be fostered through communication, a loving sexual relationship is also vital to relationship health and longevity.
Often, when people are having trouble in the bedroom, their sense of overall intimacy takes a significant hit. That’s why it is recommended that couples seek the guidance of a sex therapist. That’s where I can help.
What is Sex Therapy?
Sex therapy is a form of talk therapy that can help couples address any issues they may be having in their sex life. The goal of sex therapy is to assist individuals to move past any physical, emotional, or psychological challenges they may be facing to enjoy healthy and satisfying sex life.
Symptoms of Sexual Dysfunction
Sexual dysfunction is more common than you might realize. In fact, 43% of women and 31% of men have reported experiencing some form of a sexual issue during their life.
Some of the most common symptoms of sexual concerns are:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Low or no libido
- Premature ejaculation
- No interest in sex
- Low self-esteem
- Lack of response to sexual stimulus
- An inability to reach orgasm
- Sexual pain
- Sexual trauma
Sex therapy can help individuals address and change their behavior and thought, leading to increased sexual satisfaction.
How Does Sex Therapy Work?
The term sex therapy conjures up all sorts of scenarios in a person’s mind! But the reality is, this therapy is like other forms of talk therapy where you share your experiences, feelings, and concerns.
In a safe and nonjudgmental setting, a couple can openly discuss any sexual issues with their therapist, who then offers coping strategies to help improve the relationship, communication and sexual responses.
A qualified sex therapist is not there to show the couple how to have sex. I’m there to facilitate understanding, development, and ultimate healing so that intimacy can be reestablished between the couple. If your sexual issues stem from a physical condition, I may also refer you to a medical doctor.
Sex Therapy Benefits
Sex therapy can help establish intimacy because it:
- Strengthens communication. I’m there to help you and your partner have uncomfortable conversations.
- Helps you heal. It is quite common for one or both people in the relationship to have sexual pain or trauma from their past.
- Cope with performance anxiety. Many men and women experience performance anxiety and are unable to let go and reach orgasm.
- Navigate infidelity. Recovering from infidelity can be incredibly challenging and I’m there to help.
Finding a Sex Therapist
Typically, a certified sex therapist is a licensed psychologist, psychiatrist, clinical social worker, or marriage and family therapist. They are specialists who go through rigorous training in human sexuality to become accredited as a sex therapist.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Sex Therapist through AASECT.
American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).
If you are in Colorado and would like to explore Couples Sex Therapy, please get in touch with me so we can discuss how I can help you. [email protected]