Sex therapy is a specialized form of talk therapy that focuses on people’s concerns about their sexual functioning, expression or communication about sex. A sex therapist offers insight, practical actions to take, education, and coordinates treatment with other medical professionals. Sex therapy meetings are not medical exams. More like traditional talk therapy, they take place in a professional office and never involve any form of physical contact, nudity, or sexual behavior between therapist and client. While discussions with a sex therapist can be very frank, they will also be professional, respectful, and educational.
Sex Therapy is a highly credentialed (regulated) profession, legitimately practiced only by a licensed mental health or medical professional (such as a Marriage and Family Therapist, Psychologist, Social Worker, Nurse Practitioner or Physician) who has been awarded certification after extensive training beyond their mandatory professional license.
Not everyone who claims to practice sex therapy actually has adequate training. The credentialing process for a certified sex therapist involves several years of very specific intensive course work, training, supervision, mentoring and approval by experienced members of The American Association of Educators, Counselors and Therapists. The AASECT website explains more about certification and the ethical responsibilities of sexuality professionals, as well as how to find one.
Too many couples lose hope when their intimate connection falters, or they feel out of sync with each other sexually. Too many individuals suffer when they think they don’t measure up sexually or express their sexuality in ways that don’t fit neatly into the mainstream. We live in a culture that saturates us with sexual images and expectations, but where reliable information about healthy sexuality is hard to find. Admitting you don’t feel like having sex with your partner (or at all) carries a stigma, just like having desires outside the mainstream does. Too much emphasis on having or giving an orgasm can disconnect you from your own sexuality. I can help you achieve a more satisfying sex life by learning to recognize what works for you.
I work with relationships between individuals, couples, and families of every type, configuration, ethnic, gender and sexual background, from those who are sexually inexperienced or have yet to consummate their marriages, to those who place a high value on specific forms of sexual expression.