What Is Sex Therapy?

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People often have various questions when it comes to sex therapists. Here are some common things people like to know:

  • Qualifications and Training: People often want to know about the educational background and training of sex therapists. They may inquire about the specific certifications, licenses, or degrees required when becoming a sex therapist. Accredited sex therapist are required to have post graduate qualifications (specific to sexual health) and be an accredited member of a professional society.
  • Specialisations: People may be curious about the different areas of specialization within sex therapy. Some therapists focus on issues like sexual dysfunction, intimacy problems, libido mismatch, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
  •  Confidentiality: Clients are usually interested in learning about the level of confidentiality maintained by sex therapists. Understanding the privacy and trustworthiness of the therapist is important for individuals seeking help with personal and sensitive issues. The therapist will generally provide a confidentiality contract, giving clients peace of mind when undertaking therapy.
  • Approach and Techniques: People want to know about the therapeutic approaches and techniques used by sex therapists. These may include cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), talk therapy, sensate focus exercises, and many more.
  • Common Issues Addressed: Clients often want to know what types of sexual or relational issues sex therapists can help with. These can range from sexual dysfunctions like erectile dysfunction or vaginismus to relationship issues such as communication problems or infidelity.
  • Duration and Frequency of Sessions: People may inquire about the typical duration and frequency of sex therapy sessions, generally 50 minutes is the session time for most therapists. They may also want to know how long therapy might take before seeing significant improvements. This is complex to know as each client has individual needs and each case as you can imagine varies. Generally speaking clients start to see changes within the first session or two- or gain greater understanding of their issue and have tools to implement their particular concern.
  • LGBTQI+ and Inclusivity: Clients may want to know whether a sex therapist is LGBTQI+ friendly and inclusive, as this can be important for individuals with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. Most, if not all sex therapists- who is correctly qualified will be inclusive of ALL clients without bias. This includes LGBTQI+ and cultural inclusivity and sensitivity.

It's important to note that sex therapy is not only about addressing sexual problems but also about enhancing overall sexual well-being and satisfaction. It can help individuals and couples build healthier and more fulfilling sexual relationships by addressing both physical and psychological aspects of sexuality.

If you or your partner are experiencing sexual difficulties or concerns that are impacting your well-being or relationship, seeking the assistance of a qualified sex therapist can be a helpful step in addressing and resolving these issues.