Margaret Aghaeepour, PsyD
What to Expect in Sex Therapy
Sex therapy is a specialized form of therapy that can help individuals and couples address sexual difficulties and improve their overall sexual health and well-being. If you're considering sex therapy, you may be wondering what to expect from your sessions. Here are some of the things you can expect in sex therapy:
A non-judgmental and supportive environment: A licensed sex therapist will provide a non-judgmental and supportive environment where you can feel safe and comfortable discussing sexual concerns and issues. The therapist will listen to your concerns and provide guidance and support to help you overcome any difficulties.
An assessment of your sexual concerns: In your first several sessions, your sex therapist will conduct an assessment of your sexual concerns. This may involve discussing your sexual history, medical history, and any current sexual difficulties you're experiencing. The therapist will also ask about any medications you're taking and any lifestyle factors that may be affecting your sexual health.
Identification of underlying issues: Your sex therapist will work with you to identify any underlying issues that may be contributing to your sexual difficulties. This may involve discussing relationship issues, stress, anxiety, or other factors that may be affecting your sexual health.
Development of a treatment plan: Based on the assessment of your sexual concerns and the identification of underlying issues, your sex therapist will work with you to develop a treatment plan. This may involve practical exercises, techniques, or strategies to help improve sexual function and intimacy. Your therapist may also recommend couples therapy or individual therapy to address underlying issues.
Practical exercises and techniques: Depending on your specific sexual concerns, your sex therapist may provide practical exercises and techniques to help improve sexual function and intimacy. These may include communication exercises, sensate focus exercises, or techniques to manage premature ejaculation or erectile dysfunction.
Follow-up sessions: Your sex therapist will schedule follow-up sessions to track your progress and make adjustments to your treatment plan as needed. These sessions may be scheduled weekly or biweekly, depending on your specific needs and concerns.
Overall, sex therapy provides a safe and supportive environment to address sexual difficulties and improve sexual health and well-being. By working with a licensed sex therapist, you can expect to receive guidance, support, and practical strategies to help you overcome any sexual concerns you may be experiencing. If you're considering sex therapy, don't hesitate to reach out to a licensed sex therapist to learn more about how they can help you.