Harriet Yoselle,
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What is Sex Therapy?
What is Sex Therapy?

Sex therapy is a form of psychotherapy. Sex therapy views sexual issues as being resolved by specifically addressing them, rather than by the assumption that when the individual is in a relationship, the sex will just fall into place. Sexual issues can be addressed in individual as well as couples therapy. The transformative approach to sex therapy aims to understand the psychological, biological, pharmacological, relational, and contextual aspects of sexual problems.

I believe that sex therapy requires comprehensive evaluation that includes a medical and psychological examination. Sexual dysfunction may have a somatic base or a psychogenic basis or both. Sex therapy is frequently short term, with the duration depending on the causes for therapy.

Sex therapy can be provided by marriage and family therapists, advanced practice nurses, licensed social workers, physicians, psychologists, or therapists who have undergone training and become certified. In the United States, the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) oversees clinical training for a sexual health practitioner to become a certified sex therapist (CST). Certified sex therapists do not have sexual contact with their clients.

As a sex therapist, I focus on the individual / couples symptoms and the goals they wish to achieve.  The sexual dysfunctions which are addressed by sex therapy include: non-consummation of intercourse, rapid ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, low libido, unwanted sexual fetishes, sexual addiction, painful sex, rape/incest, or a lack of sexual confidence. I provide sex therapy to any adult, including older adults, and to LGBTQ-identified people.

The interest in sex therapy among people has increased along with the number of sexuality educators, counselors, and therapists.  Today, sexual problems are no longer regarded as symptoms of hidden deviant, pathological, or psychological defects in maturity or development.  Sex therapy has also influenced the emergence of sexual medicine and exploring integrative approaches to sex therapy, in addition to reducing or eliminating sexual problems and increasing sexual satisfaction for individuals of all stages of life. Sex therapists, educators, and counselors are conducting research and administering surveys to fully understand normative sexual function - what most people do and experience as they grow older and live longer.

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