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Sex Therapy

Resilience Psychological Services


Resilience Psychological Services

Sex Therapy

SERVICE SPECIALTY


Talking about sex is often considered taboo. Ever notice how people sometimes whisper if having conversations pertaining to sex, or else avoid talking about it altogether? This is a common occurrence even among the people with whom we feel most comfortable—our partners, friends, and family—so it can be tough to imagine talking to a therapist, with whom we have no prior relationship, about sex. Yet sex therapy offers a unique opportunity to engage in confidential, non-judgmental conversation with a qualified sex therapist regarding the many different physical, emotional, and psychological concerns pertaining to sex and intimacy. It can be powerful, liberating, informational, and healing. 
 

WHAT YOU MAY BE EXPERIENCING OR THINKING ABOUT

 

Sexual Dysfunctions

•  Erectile dysfunction: inability to obtain/sustain an erection for both masturbation and intercourse; difficulty maintaining erection until the completion of a sexual activity

•  Premature ejaculation: recurring pattern of ejaculation occurring earlier than desired; often before one minute of stimulation

•  Delayed Ejaculation: infrequency, marked delay, or absence of ejaculation during sexual activity

•  Dyspareunia: painful intercourse for women

•  Vaginismus: tensing or tightening of the pelvic floor muscles during attempted vaginal penetration- this does not have to be solely during intercourse

•  Female Orgasmic Disorder: delay, infrequency, or absence of orgasm

•  Female Sexual Arousal Disorder: reduced interest in sexual activity- either partnered or solo

•  Male Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder: a persistent deficiency or absence of sexual desire or fantasies

•  Gender dysphoria: feelings of confusion regarding ones “assigned” gender verses their experienced/expressed gender


Sexual Compulsions

• Sex addiction
• Pornography addiction
• Paraphilias: fantasies about atypical or extreme sexual behaviors
 

Sexual Trauma

• Recovery from sexual abuse, sexual trauma, molestation, rape
 

HOW WE CAN HELP

 

Our trained therapists can offer you a safe, judgment-free, liberating space in which to discuss your sexual issues, experiences, and questions. In addition to discussing any of the topics we’ve identified at the right, sex therapy can support your overall sexual enrichment. As we work together to identify your needs and the issues that matter most to you, we may offer sex education, intimacy enhancement, opportunities to increase or improve sexual communication with your partner or partners, and/or strategies for increasing your level of comfort discussing sexuality more generally. Our therapists also engage in culturally competent dialogue with clients who are experiencing unconsummated partnerships, with special attention paid to the client’s ethnic backgrounds and religious practices, where applicable. 

So how does sex therapy work? The first visit will be used to take a sexual history, through which we’ll gather information that helps us to formulate a treatment plan specific to your needs and concerns as an individual, couple, or group. Don’t worry; while it might feel awkward to discuss these things at first, we’ll only proceed at a pace that feels comfortable to you. From there we’ll begin to formulate next steps. Depending on your unique needs, we’ll determine how often to meet, and whether to connect with other providers, such as urologists, OB/GYNs, fertility specialists, and/or primary care physicians. Sex therapy is often brief and typically utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques. 

By creating a comfortable space for you to discuss and discover your sexual desires, questions, and fears, our therapists can help you to process your sexual experiences and identity as you decide where you’d like to venture next. Ultimately our goal is to help you deepen your level of insight and awareness so that your sexual life may be an honest and open expression of who you are, and who you are becoming.  Please contact us for a free consultation. 
 

 

Common concerns:
 

•  Dissatisfaction with sex-life
•  Compulsively engaging in or thinking about sexual acts
•  Feeling traumatized by previous sexual experiences
•  Discomfort with one's body and sexuality
•  Living with an STD/STI
•  Navigating menopause
•  Infertility

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