Sex is everywhere. Advertisements are using sex to sell products, and movies are getting riskier with their sex scenes. While this mass portrayal of sex has made it more commonplace in our society, sex is often still a very uncomfortable topic for most people to talk about. This is especially true for those who struggle to find the desire to have sex or satisfaction from sexual experiences.
Even though therapy is becoming less stigmatized these days, there still seems to be some confusion and awkwardness around sex therapy. Madeleine Castellanos, author of Wanting to Want. Here's what they wish people knew about sex therapy:. For starters, they won't be touching you, and they probably won't tell you how to give a better blow job. It's actually a type of psychotherapy that can treat sexual and relationship issues from a biopsychosocial perspective.
Sex therapy is a specialized type of psychotherapy — a general term for treating mental health problems by talking with a mental health professional. Through sex therapy, you can address concerns about sexual function, sexual feelings and intimacy, either in individual therapy or couples or family therapy. Sex therapy can be effective for individuals of any age, gender or sexual orientation.
A sex therapist uses knowledge of psychology and physiology to provide therapy to people who have concerns about intimacy, sexual feelings and sexual functions. Sex therapy is a form of psychotherapy , according to WebMD. Professionals who provide the treatment are licensed therapists who may have training as social workers, psychologists or physicians. By earning a graduate degree and obtaining certification from the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists AASECT , a qualified professional prepares to offer sex therapy to those who request it.