As a certified sex educator I get a lot of questions about being a sex therapist and how it manifests in my private practice. Here are a few things to keep in mind when looking to work with a sex therapist:
What is it?
A mental health therapist who provides systemic and contextual psychotherapy services to individuals, couples, families, or groups of people who are suffering from psychological, medical, or social issues of sexuality; including the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions within the scope of their practice.
What you can expect help with, but not limited to:
-Lack of Desire/Interest
-Pain in Sexual Activity
-Anxiety/Panic Disorders surrounding Sex
Sex Therapy encompasses a wide variety of problems. All of these above mentioned issues (and more) are explored through talk therapy. I believe we can create change together by talking about the issues openly in session. I sometimes give homework for you to explore at your own pace if the subject lends itself to such exercises. I will never ask you to do something or discuss anything you’re not comfortable with; we go as slow or as fast as you dictate. However, that doesn’t mean I won’t challenge you from time to time.
Please note that a certified and ethical sex therapist will never ask to have sex with you or to watch you partake in the act. If you know of this happening please contact your governing licensing board (AAMFT).
I’ve written extensively about different sexual topics and showcased my work at different conferences around the United States. Feel free to search for articles like “10 Ways to be Sex Positive” to get a taste of what it’s like to work with me.