Sex therapy is pretty much like regular talk therapy, with a more intensive focus on sexual concerns. It starts with a thorough interview about your sexual history and reasons for seeking my help, and then we will have several collaborative meetings to work through our treatment plan, with homework assignments for you and/or your partner(s) to complete between sessions. I may also direct you to educational readings, videos, or other resources to help you better understand your sexual anatomy and sexual response cycle.
Common issues include:
Decreased sexual desire or pleasure
Discomfort with own sexual interests and/or partner(s) interests
Difficulty reaching orgasm
Unexplained pain during sex
Trouble navigating safe sex and consent discussions with one or multiple partners
Conflicting feelings about body and sexuality pre-, post-, or during gender transitions, pregnancy, medication changes, etc.
Difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection
Delayed or premature ejaculation
Sexual issues can arise due to stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, hormonal changes, aging, and medications, among thousands of other reasons. I will help you identify the cause of the problem and will work with you to implement a handful of solutions unique to you and your circumstances. Some people utilize individual sessions for sex therapy issues, and some find it helpful to bring in their partner(s). Couples sex therapy sessions are billed at the couples therapy rate.
I completed Sex Therapy coursework in graduate school, I am a certified sex educator through the San Francisco Sex Information (SFSI) training program, and I was the instructor for a graduate level course on Human Sexuality at Argosy University. Please note, however, that I am not currently certified as a sex therapist. If you would prefer to work with an AASECT certified sex therapist, check out their website for a clinician in your area.