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What does a sex therapist do?

A sex therapist helps people with sexual problems.

Sex therapists are qualified counsellors or healthcare professionals who have done extra training in helping people with difficulties relating to sex.

Why do people see sex therapists?

Many people have a problem with sex at some point in their life. Some people deal with these problems themselves but, for others, sexual problems can cause a lot of distress and unhappiness.

A sex therapist can help people with various sexual problems, including:

In men

In women

What happens in a sex therapy session?

A sex therapist will ask you questions to find out the reasons for your problem. A therapy session will mainly involve you talking about your problem, to help you get a better understanding of it. The therapist may also give you exercises and tasks to do with your partner in your own time.

Each therapy session is completely confidential. You can see a sex therapist by yourself, but if your problem affects your partner as well, it may be better for you both to attend.

Sessions usually last for 50 minutes. The therapist may advise you to have weekly sessions or to see them less frequently, such as every two or three weeks.

If you have a sexual problem, it’s a good idea to see your GP first as they can check for any physical causes. Your GP can refer you to a sex therapist if they think it will help you. However, sex therapy may not be available on the Health Service in all areas.

You can also find a sex therapist privately, which you’ll need to pay for. It’s important to see a fully qualified therapist.

 

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