Sex therapy is far from a new aspect of psychotherapy but it’s still not as widely understood as it should be. As with any other form of therapy, sex therapy is focused on helping persons improve a particular part of their lives by addressing the areas that could be holding them back.
There are many reasons why individuals or couples may need to find a sex therapist.
Who Needs Sex Therapy?
Anyone who is dealing with some kind of sexual dysfunction that’s interfering with having healthy intimacy can seek out a sex therapist. It’s estimated that 43% of women and 31% of men may deal with issues that affect their sex lives.
Some common reasons for getting sex therapy include:
- Low or excessive libido
- A lack of interest in sex
- Erectile dysfunction
- Premature ejaculation
- Low sexual or self-confidence
- An inability to reach orgasm
- Being unable to control the sexual desire
- Having undesirable sexual fetishes
- Having distressing thoughts about sex
- A lack of response to sexual stimulus
Bear in mind that this list is not exhaustive and other factors can affect being able to have a fulfilling sex life.
What Does Sex Therapy Entail
Sex therapy differs from general relationship therapy in that the therapist will pay specific attention to the sexual areas of the relationship. These therapists are aware that solving the problems can be complex and it’s not helpful to assume that everything will fall into place once the couple is in a better place with their relationship.
That means a sex therapy session will include frank and honest discussions of what you’re experiencing. While there will be a lot of talk about sex, there will be no practical demonstrations of a sexual nature.