Reportedly, about 43 percent of women and 31 percent of men experience some type of sexual dysfunction in their lives – even with these surprisingly high number of people experiencing sexual problems, sex therapy is still stigmatized. It seems like a lot of you are still confused about what it is and what a sex therapist actually does.
BEFORE WE TALK ABOUT WHAT A SEX THERAPIST DOES, LET’S HELP YOU UNDERSTAND WHO A SEX THERAPIST ACTUALLY IS.
Basically, a sex therapist is a psychotherapist meaning with special training in organized sexual therapy methods, he/she can be a psychiatrist, a clinical social worker, a family and marriage (relationship) therapist, or a psychologist. Moving on, just like any other therapy, sex therapy is a type of talk therapy designed to help individuals (or couples) resolve psychological, personal and/or interpersonal factors, or to help them address medical issues (if there are any) affecting sexual performance and satisfaction.
NOW LET’S GET TO WHAT THESE THERAPIST ACTUALLY DO.
As mentioned above, sex therapy is just a type of psychotherapy, so what a sex therapist actually does is talk through your feelings, experiences, and worries. You can uncover coping mechanisms and resolve medical, psychological and sexual problems together with your therapist, to have a healthier sex life.
You need to be aware that at all times, everyone is fully-clothed and your therapist does not participate or enforce you to perform any kind of sexual activity – sex therapists are legally bound to ensure an educational and supportive environment.
During your initial appointments, your therapist might just talk to you and if needed he might also consult your partner. But that doesn’t mean you cannot go to a sex therapist if you are single. In fact, if you are facing any type of sexual challenges or dysfunction, it’s highly recommended to consult a sex therapist so he/she can help you get to a better place, both literally and figuratively.
ARE YOU CONFUSED IF YOU NEED SEXUAL THERAPY OR NOT?
The best way to answer that question is to perform a self-evaluation. If you think that major parts of your life are getting affected by your sexual incapability or dysfunction, a sex therapist is a great place to start. Likewise, if you’re facing more intimate issues with your partner, and you are worried it’s affecting the quality of your life and your emotional health, a sex therapist may be the right way to start. But if you’re still confused, you can always go to your GP and if needed, he will recommend you to a therapist.
THE BOTTOM LINE
It’s important to understand that fulfilling sex life is as vital as every other aspect of life. Healthier sex life can do physical and mental wonders and is also proven to be a natural medicine for hypertension, cardiac problems, and stress and anxiety issues. On that note, for those of you, sex is a source of great anxiety and worry, you should consult a sex therapist.
Sex therapy is a perfect way to eliminate underlying concerns and physical issues. In case of a physical problem, your therapist will concern your physician to ensure that you find a proper solution to your problem. Moreover, sex therapy can also encourage individuals and couples to have open, more honest communication. So people can overcome their challenges, and have a healthy, happy sex life.