What is sex therapy? Sex therapy is a form of talk therapy that focuses on the client's psychological or physical sexual concerns, interests, or goals. Unfortunately, our society often places shame around sexuality, and it can be difficult to figure out the sources of your frustrations. Sex therapy offers a safe environment for you to finally talk about the issues and develop solutions for these problems.
Should I have sessions alone or with my partner? This is your personal choice to make, but it may be helpful for you to come with your committed partner if he/she is willing. Sexuality concerns are often very relational in nature. You and your partner can use this safe space to learn, support one another, and develop deeper compassion. It is also typical to have a combination of solo and partner sessions.
My problem is physical, so why would I see a therapist? Although sexual concerns are often highly physical in nature, there is almost always an emotional component involved, too. Examples of emotions involved include shame, fear, jealousy, anger, and sadness. To help with this mind-body connection, treatment by a sex therapist is recommended. However, sex therapy is not a replacement for seeing your doctor and seeking medical advice.
What can I expect at my first appointment? During the initial session, we will first go over some necessary information and paperwork. Then, I will ask you questions to learn about you and your life and history. Together, we will determine your goals for therapy.
How many sessions will I need? The number of sessions you have depends on the nature of your concerns, how long the problem has existed, and how much time you are able to spend working on your therapeutic goals. Some clients are finished with therapy after only a few sessions and some come in less frequently but for a longer duration.
Is what I share with you kept confidential? In short, yes. The therapist-client relationship is a professional and protected one. With your permission and authorization, I do consult with my approved clinical supervisors in order to provide you with the best treatment possible. There are some situations in which I would have to breach confidentiality and report a client to the law or warn certain individuals: 1) Suspected or reported abuse or neglect of a child, elderly person, or a disabled person, 2) When a client is at risk of harming him/herself or others, or 3) A judge-ordered release of information