WHAT IS SEX THERAPY?
Sex Therapy is a subspecialty of psychotherapy focusing on
specific concerns related to human sexuality. Anyone can benefit from working with a psychotherapist that specializes
in this area. Certified Sex Therapists use specialized clincal skills and theoritical knowledge to address sexual
concerns. For a list of sexual concerns that can be addressed in Sex
Therapy, see Services Offered.
The Sex Therapy process involves an initial consultation where
an extensive history of the concerns will be taken. The Certified Sex Therapist will note both the psychological and
physical components and propose a treatment plan with your involvement in its development. Treatment may involve educating
the individual or couple about the issue and about options for change. This educational process may occur through suggested
reading materials, educational audio/visual materials, discussion with the therapist, attending workshops or all of these
therapy processes. Sometimes having more information will allow the problem to resolve. Sometimes more intensive
therapy will be needed. Often homework excercises will be suggested to be practiced individually or as a couple in the
privacy of your home.
Sexual activity is NEVER a part of your actual therapy session. In no instances will
a Certified Sex Therapist engage in any sexual activity with a client, whether in the office or any location. To do
so is a breach of ethics and in some states and provinces is a crime.