What is sex therapy?

Sex therapy is a specialist therapy. Sex therapy resolves sexual problems and issues by specifically addressing them.

Sex therapists do not believe that sex will just fall into place for people, even when in relationship. My practice experience says this is not true. Singles and couples have attended therapy because they have realised sex is not like breathing. It’s not an activity which we do automatically.

Sex therapy is a great way for you develop an understanding about your sexuality and how to express your sexual self in a healthy way. Always remember a healthy life includes a healthy sex life.

Everyone has a right to a fulfilling and healthy sex life. Through sex therapy you can discover and understand the beginnings of the sexual difficulty and identify ways to increase your sexual satisfaction.

Sexuality is a central aspect of our lives. When we are happy with our sex life we are often happy in other areas of life. It is common for people to experience sexual difficulties in their life. In fact, many people experience some kind of difficulty in their sexual relationship at some point. These can include erection problems, a loss of desire, orgasmic difficulties, sexual pain, and sexual dissatisfaction. Sometimes there are physiological problems, yet often these issues relate to anxieties, stress, concerns or a lack of knowledge about sex.

When we think about leading a healthy life we think about diet and nutrition, exercise, and looking after our bodies. We do not often think about looking after our sex lives. Sexual problems can lead to other relationships issues. A healthy sex life is part of leading a healthy life. Sex therapy can help you achieve a healthy sex life and therefore a healthier life.

Sex therapy is also known as sexual counselling or psychsosexual therapy.  A psychosexual therapist, sex counsellor or sex therapist is a professional who is trained in human sexuality, its variations and sexual functions and dysfunctions.

What is a sex therapist?

A sex therapist is a specialist in human sexuality.

Sex therapists have a greater understanding of human sexuality, including sexual anatomy, response and practices. This specialist knowledge is above personal opinion or personal experiences.

Sex therapists train and learn about the varieties of human sexuality and variations in sexual response and activity. A sex therapist may be a counsellor or psychotherapist, a nurse, a medical practitioner, a social worker, a nurse, or even a psychologist.

Sex therapists will work with other professionals (medical practitioners, urologists, physiotherapist, and gynaecologists) to ensure their clients get the best treatment for their issues.

A sex therapist is sometimes called a psychosexual therapist, sex counsellor or sexologist. All these terms are the same, just different words. Some sex therapists also provide sex coaching.

What do sex therapists do?

Sex therapists will listen to you, in a non-judgemental way, and assist you to explore the sexual issue or problem in a professional and therapeutic way.

Sex therapists know ways to help people develop tools and skills to address sexual issues and develop ways to maintain a healthy sexuality.

A sex therapist develops an individualised treatment plan for each person or couple. This ensures they are meeting your needs in the best way possible using best methods to develop new strategies.

People seek out professional sex therapy more often than you think.

We are taught not to talk about sex; that sex is a private thing, yet people do not seek out assistance and end up with a less satisfactory sex life. There is no reason to feel embarrassed or ashamed about seeking assistance to deal with sexual issues. Most issues can be dealt with or worked through with the help and knowledge of a trained professional in a confidential environment.

If you need to speak to someone, contact Edit to book a confidential appointment.