Sex therapy is a form of counseling - or psychotherapy - that addresses sexual issues and improving sexual health and overall sexual satisfaction. It can be beneficial for both individuals or couples who are wanting to enhance their sexual experiences. Here are 3 times when Sex Therapy makes very good sense.
1. Sexual dysfunction: Sex therapy can be helpful for individuals or couples experiencing sexual dysfunction. Sexual dysfunction is a term given to a wide range of problems. These problems can occur during any stage of the sexual response cycle: desire, arousal, orgasm, and resolution. Some of the more common sexual dysfunctions include erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, delayed ejaculation, low sexual desire, and pain during sex. Sex therapy can help you identify root causes of sexual difficulties and develop approaches to improve matters.
2. Relationship problems: Relationship issues are, of course, caused by a variety of factors. Common factors include communication difficulties, trust issues, and differing sexual preferences. These types of issues can lead to dissatisfaction and a lack of intimacy between partners. By working on communication skill, building trust, and exploration sex therapy can help improve the overall relationship.
3. Exploration: Sexuality is complex and is always influenced by a variety of factors. They include: culture, upbringing, and personal values. Sex therapy provides a safe and nonjudgmental space for individuals or couples to explore their sexual desires, discuss and learn new techniques and strategies for enhancing sexual experiences, and develop a deeper understanding of the sexuality of themselves and their partner.
4. Sex therapy can help those that have experienced sexual trauma or abuse. Trauma and abuse can have a profound impact on an individual's sexual health. If not addressed, they can result in a wide range of emotional and physical symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and sexual dysfunction.
Dr. Wayne Bullock is a Washington D.C. area therapist specializing in the needs of gay men, the LGBTQ community, and those dealing with anxiety, depression, and trauma.