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Sexuality / Sex Therapy

Sexuality is a reality of life. People often seek therapy for issues related directly or indirectly to sex. Talking about sex and sexuality is often part of the experience of therapy. Various difficulties related to sexuality may lead people to seek therapy or the issues may simply arise during the course of treatment.

To name just a few examples:

  • Anxiety about sex
  • Unwanted sexual impulses or compulsions
  • Impotence
  • Lack of sexual desire
  • Anxiety or uncertainty about sexual orientation
  • Conflicting or imbalanced sexual desires between partners
  • Recovery from sexual abuse or sexual assault
  • Loneliness
  • Body image issues
  • Promiscuity

Should I Choose an Opposite or Same-Sex Sex Therapist?

Choosing which therapist will work best for your recovery will depend on your specific situation. Couples can work with male or female sex therapists as the work done in session is strictly instructive and verbal. All exercises and suggestions of a physical nature are to be performed by the couple outside of the session. If an individual chooses to enter sex therapy on their own, they may be more comfortable discussing their sexual issues with a therapist of the same gender. However, both male and female sex therapists are trained to address the emotional, physical and biological issues that can influence sexual activity in men and women.

Sexuality in Therapy

Even if no apparent sexual issues are present, sexuality plays an important role in our lives, our relationships, and, sometimes, in our conversations with a therapist. Sexual energy is powerful and can profoundly affect our mood, our thoughts, and our general state of being. Sexual fantasies and behaviors are not always deemed socially appropriate, and we may not feel comfortable talking about our deepest thoughts and feelings with friends or family. This can lead to anxiety, frustration, and even depression. Therapy is a safe place to talk about any difficulties, fantasies, fears, memories, or desires, sexual or otherwise.

Therapy for Sexual Experience Enhancement

Sexual intimacy can be one of the most satisfying and fulfilling experiences, but for many, sexual activity is void of pleasure. Sex therapists are trained to help individuals and couples enhance their sexual experiences by discovering what emotional fences are creating barriers to sexual enjoyment. Often, sexual issues are a result of negative feelings, traumatic experiences or even anger, that prevent one from being able to fully participate during sexual intercourse. Whether the physical symptom exhibits itself through inability to achieve orgasm or maintain arousal, or even through painful sex, a sex therapist can help one identify the psychological source of the physical symptom. By treating the whole person, psychologically and physically, a therapist can help a client enhance their sexual experience.

 

Source: www.goodtherapy.org/sex-therapy.html )

 

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