A fulfilling sex life is important for physical and mental health, sexual intimacy, and relationship satisfaction. However, sexual dysfunction can be difficult to diagnose and treat. Sex therapy is a type of psychotherapy that helps individuals work through sexual issues. Typically, sex therapists are licensed therapists who specialize in sex and relationship concerns.
Sex therapy can be done individually or with a partner, depending on the individual issue. During the first session, sex therapists will ask questions about your sexual history, including frequency of masturbation and what orgasms you experience. They will also ask what you want to achieve from the sessions. They will often create a safe and supportive environment. They will likely give you assignments to work on in between sessions.
If there are any physiological sexual concerns, the therapist will often refer you to a medical doctor. Once the underlying issue has been taken care of, the sex therapist will work with you to overcome emotional obstacles.
Choosing the right sex therapist for you is an important step in finding relief. You can begin your search with an online search, or by contacting the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). You may also find information on sex therapists through your GP or your doctor, who will be able to offer you recommendations based on their personal experiences. Many sex therapists are allied with the health care profession and have a professional background in psychology or psychiatry, but some are trained in other fields such as nursing or education.