Why is Sex Therapy Done?
Some of the sexual issues that can be addressed during a sex therapy include premature ejaculation, low libido, unwanted sexual fetishes, erectile dysfunction and painful sex among many others. Moreover, sex therapists also help people who experience troubles in their sexual life to overcome the issues and have an active sex life. Some issues that can be solved through sex therapy include:
- Impulsive sexual behavior
- Trouble reaching orgasm
- Painful intercourse
- Addiction to sex
- Intimacy issues due to a disability or chronic condition
- Concerns about sexual orientation and preferences
- Issues related to sexual desires
Apart from these, there are some sexual issues which occur due to any chronic illness, surgery or medication’s side effects. In such cases, the patient may be prescribed certain medications and treatment options to ensure the success of sex therapy.
What Happens During Sex Therapy?
Be it an individual or a couple; anyone can take sex therapy depending on their preferences. During sex therapy, the therapist asks the patient about their sexual issues. The questions are basically related to the patients’ sexual health, views about sex and their sexual background. This can be an awkward situation; however, a trained sex therapist knows the skills to put the patient at ease and understand their sexual concerns without making the session embarrassing. Depending on the patient’s concerns, the therapist may adopt various counselling tips and plans for further sessions as well. The sex therapist also assigns ‘homework’ to their patients to help them regain their confidence and improve sexual health. Some of them may include:
- Communication exercises with the partner
- Reading and watching sex education videos
- Experimentation with the sexual routine
It is important to understand that sex therapists do not involve in any kind of physical contact with their clients. Any sexual contact during the therapy is against the ethics of licensed mental health providers. Hence, if a person feels uncomfortable during the session, they can change their therapist and seek therapy from any other certified sex therapist.
What Are the Expected Results After the Therapy?
Most people find sex therapy quite successful in treating their sexual concerns. After the therapy, they learn to express their feelings confidently and understand their own sexual needs and desires. The success of the sex therapy also depends on the commitment and sincerity of the client; hence, it is important for people to cooperate with their sex therapist dedicatedly to achieve best results.