Sex Therapists in Stratford-upon-Avon, ENG

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Carla Devereux
Psychotherapist, MA, GMBPsS
Verified Verified
Stratford-upon-Avon CV37
Sex is off the menu and so is your intimacy.
I explore practical strategies that support individuals, couples and families dealing with trauma, stress, anxiety, and challenging situations. I delve into the causes of your symptoms and experiences contributing to your current feelings and behaviours. Through a supportive process, you will gain new insights into your situation and acquire new skills to help you cope and move forward. Psychotherapy is relaxed, confidential, and in a safe and friendly environment. Should you feel apprehensive about your first or subsequent sessions, you can bring a friend, parent or partner to the appointment.
Sex is off the menu and so is your intimacy.
I explore practical strategies that support individuals, couples and families dealing with trauma, stress, anxiety, and challenging situations. I delve into the causes of your symptoms and experiences contributing to your current feelings and behaviours. Through a supportive process, you will gain new insights into your situation and acquire new skills to help you cope and move forward. Psychotherapy is relaxed, confidential, and in a safe and friendly environment. Should you feel apprehensive about your first or subsequent sessions, you can bring a friend, parent or partner to the appointment.
0121 312 3546 View 0121 312 3546
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Daryl Nicholas Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Stratford-upon-Avon CV37
As an Integrative counsellor and psychotherapist, I have undergone extensive training which brings together effective contemporary approaches to therapy, drawing from a variety of models to suit your individual needs. I have over sixteen years experience supporting adults and young people to address a range of issues, including: anxiety/panic, depression, stress, loss and bereavement, identity issues, sexuality, trauma/abuse, low self-esteem, relationship issues, life transitions and careers and life direction. I also offer the comprehensive 'INSIGHT self-discovery programmes' (visit darylnicholas.com for more details).
As an Integrative counsellor and psychotherapist, I have undergone extensive training which brings together effective contemporary approaches to therapy, drawing from a variety of models to suit your individual needs. I have over sixteen years experience supporting adults and young people to address a range of issues, including: anxiety/panic, depression, stress, loss and bereavement, identity issues, sexuality, trauma/abuse, low self-esteem, relationship issues, life transitions and careers and life direction. I also offer the comprehensive 'INSIGHT self-discovery programmes' (visit darylnicholas.com for more details).
01926 800596 View 01926 800596
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Gerry Ritchie
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Stratford-upon-Avon CV37
I have trained in a broad range of counselling and psychotherapy methods including Emotional Therapeutic Counselling (ETC), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), Hypnotherapy and Sex Therapy.
Hi, I'm Gerry. If you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, bereavement, anger, shame, guilt, stress, addiction, sexual problems or just that life is too much to cope with then I’m here to help. I am an integrative counsellor with a broad range of counselling and psychotherapy qualifications and experience. I am also BDSM/Kink aware and have experience of working with clients from this community without assuming that their Kink is a pathology. I work in partnership with my clients to find the best way to deal with the problem. Above all, the focus is on you, the client, and what you need to help you feel better.
I have trained in a broad range of counselling and psychotherapy methods including Emotional Therapeutic Counselling (ETC), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), Hypnotherapy and Sex Therapy.
Hi, I'm Gerry. If you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, bereavement, anger, shame, guilt, stress, addiction, sexual problems or just that life is too much to cope with then I’m here to help. I am an integrative counsellor with a broad range of counselling and psychotherapy qualifications and experience. I am also BDSM/Kink aware and have experience of working with clients from this community without assuming that their Kink is a pathology. I work in partnership with my clients to find the best way to deal with the problem. Above all, the focus is on you, the client, and what you need to help you feel better.
01242 395274 View 01242 395274
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Joanne Kenning
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Stratford-upon-Avon CV37  (Online Only)
A warm welcome to you! I'm Jo and I’m a counsellor and psychotherapist with a wealth of experience in providing support to clients with a range of difficulties and concerns from relationship difficulties to anxiety, low self-esteem and work related issues to name a few! Whatever your struggle may be, the good news is you’ve taken the first step in making a positive change, and that is why you are currently reading these very words - you are considering counselling and although that may seem scary right now it also may be the best decision you ever made.
A warm welcome to you! I'm Jo and I’m a counsellor and psychotherapist with a wealth of experience in providing support to clients with a range of difficulties and concerns from relationship difficulties to anxiety, low self-esteem and work related issues to name a few! Whatever your struggle may be, the good news is you’ve taken the first step in making a positive change, and that is why you are currently reading these very words - you are considering counselling and although that may seem scary right now it also may be the best decision you ever made.
01676 939487 View 01676 939487

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Dr Caterina Pasi
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Warwick CV34
Life doesn't really go as expected and finding the right support is key to move forward. I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in combination with Systemic therapy allowing a tailored approach based on clients needs. CBT is aimed to support clients identifying the triggers and the dynamics that hide behind their difficulties, learning coping strategies to deal with them. Systemic therapy is often considered an approach to treat families and groups however, it also effectively apply to individuals.
Life doesn't really go as expected and finding the right support is key to move forward. I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in combination with Systemic therapy allowing a tailored approach based on clients needs. CBT is aimed to support clients identifying the triggers and the dynamics that hide behind their difficulties, learning coping strategies to deal with them. Systemic therapy is often considered an approach to treat families and groups however, it also effectively apply to individuals.
01842 773632 View 01842 773632
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Chartwell Counselling
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Henley-in-Arden B95
Hello I am Samantha. I am a Couples Therapist specialising in Psychosexual Issues, and also LGBTQIA+. I see Individuals (age 11+) or Couples: either Face-to-Face, Online, or by Telephone. I also deal with Trauma, and I am agency trained in both sexual abuse and bereavement.
Hello I am Samantha. I am a Couples Therapist specialising in Psychosexual Issues, and also LGBTQIA+. I see Individuals (age 11+) or Couples: either Face-to-Face, Online, or by Telephone. I also deal with Trauma, and I am agency trained in both sexual abuse and bereavement.
01926 293463 View 01926 293463
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Dr Jenika Patel
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Warwick CV34
I provide therapeutic space for you to reflect, think about and explore difficulties without judgement. Sometimes we can have an idea about what we are struggling with, sometimes we are less sure. Accessing therapy can help us to understand ourselves and give meaning to that which leaves us feeling stuck. Sometimes things that are happening in the here and now can bring up feelings that we have experienced in the past that we may or may not be aware of. This may create discomfort, pain, distress, anxiety, depression and overwhelm. People often describe feeling empty, in darkness, alone, lacking energy and feeling frightened.
I provide therapeutic space for you to reflect, think about and explore difficulties without judgement. Sometimes we can have an idea about what we are struggling with, sometimes we are less sure. Accessing therapy can help us to understand ourselves and give meaning to that which leaves us feeling stuck. Sometimes things that are happening in the here and now can bring up feelings that we have experienced in the past that we may or may not be aware of. This may create discomfort, pain, distress, anxiety, depression and overwhelm. People often describe feeling empty, in darkness, alone, lacking energy and feeling frightened.
01926 800579 View 01926 800579
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Lyn Smailes
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, ACC-ACM
Verified Verified
Warwick CV34
I enjoy working with many different client issues but particularly those that are trauma related. I believe that we all have the potential to bring about positive change in our lives whatever our past experiences and therefore I always seek to provide hope. It is a particular delight to work with clients who reflect on the sessions between appointments however I am aware that for many individuals attending sessions can be well outside their comfort zone. I therefore adopt a gentle, encouraging approach allowing clients to work at their own pace.
I enjoy working with many different client issues but particularly those that are trauma related. I believe that we all have the potential to bring about positive change in our lives whatever our past experiences and therefore I always seek to provide hope. It is a particular delight to work with clients who reflect on the sessions between appointments however I am aware that for many individuals attending sessions can be well outside their comfort zone. I therefore adopt a gentle, encouraging approach allowing clients to work at their own pace.
01676 939482 View 01676 939482

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Charlotte Ascough
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Sutton SM2
Over the years I have worked with clients of various backgrounds, gender, sexuality and all ages from late teens to later life, including people who are autistic and those with ADHD.
First and foremost I aim to sit with you as another human being, with an open mind and a gentle approach from which we can think together about what has led you to try counselling. From this starting point we can then look at why you might be struggling with the thoughts and feelings that you face on a daily basis, be it a life situation that you need support with, past experiences that you are ready to share or if you are trying to make sense of why life seems to be so challenging for you, without any clear defining cause.
Over the years I have worked with clients of various backgrounds, gender, sexuality and all ages from late teens to later life, including people who are autistic and those with ADHD.
First and foremost I aim to sit with you as another human being, with an open mind and a gentle approach from which we can think together about what has led you to try counselling. From this starting point we can then look at why you might be struggling with the thoughts and feelings that you face on a daily basis, be it a life situation that you need support with, past experiences that you are ready to share or if you are trying to make sense of why life seems to be so challenging for you, without any clear defining cause.
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Jim Reynolds
Counsellor
Verified Verified
London W1T
Sex and relationship therapy can help us to not only understand our difficulties, but also empower us to make better choices about being in the world. The challenges of psychosexual and/or relationship therapy are experienced differently by every individual client, and my practice has evolved to meet each client or relationship on their unique terms. My approach to working with clients blends principles from psychodynamic, gestalt, existential, and transpersonal modalities, into a whole-person approach, in partnership with the techniques of sex and relationship therapy. Rates: £100 (individual), £110-£130 (relationship clients).
Sex and relationship therapy can help us to not only understand our difficulties, but also empower us to make better choices about being in the world. The challenges of psychosexual and/or relationship therapy are experienced differently by every individual client, and my practice has evolved to meet each client or relationship on their unique terms. My approach to working with clients blends principles from psychodynamic, gestalt, existential, and transpersonal modalities, into a whole-person approach, in partnership with the techniques of sex and relationship therapy. Rates: £100 (individual), £110-£130 (relationship clients).
020 3929 3597 View 020 3929 3597
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Sexuality Space
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
London SE1
Waitlist for new clients
As a GSRD (Gender, Sexuality & Relationship Diversities) therapist, my practice is integrative and responsive to your unique experiences and needs.
Welcome! I am Kalvin at Sexuality Space, a modern therapy practice that specialises in mental health, sexual identity, relationships, LGBTQIA+, kink, confidence building, sexual health, non-monogamy, sex worker support and so much more. I offer a non-judgmental and supportive space for everyone, where all lifestyles, identities, and orientations are affirmed and embraced. If you are new to therapy, I know how nervous you may feel, and I understand how important it is to find the right therapist; for this very reason, our first consultation is free of charge. Visit SexualitySpace.com to book your free first session.
As a GSRD (Gender, Sexuality & Relationship Diversities) therapist, my practice is integrative and responsive to your unique experiences and needs.
Welcome! I am Kalvin at Sexuality Space, a modern therapy practice that specialises in mental health, sexual identity, relationships, LGBTQIA+, kink, confidence building, sexual health, non-monogamy, sex worker support and so much more. I offer a non-judgmental and supportive space for everyone, where all lifestyles, identities, and orientations are affirmed and embraced. If you are new to therapy, I know how nervous you may feel, and I understand how important it is to find the right therapist; for this very reason, our first consultation is free of charge. Visit SexualitySpace.com to book your free first session.
020 3856 8839 View 020 3856 8839
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David Piner
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
London W1W
I am a specialist couple, relationship and psychosexual psychotherapist, here you if you are struggling with a couple, relationship, or sexual issue. I offer individual and couples specialist relationship, couples and psychosexual therapy. I have over 17 years of experience working with clients. This is all done within a confidential and non-judgmental space. I am a qualified and accredited sex and relationship therapist. As Associate Director of the London Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy and Course Director of the Naos Institute's Advanced Couples Diploma, I help train the next generation of specialist therapists.
I am a specialist couple, relationship and psychosexual psychotherapist, here you if you are struggling with a couple, relationship, or sexual issue. I offer individual and couples specialist relationship, couples and psychosexual therapy. I have over 17 years of experience working with clients. This is all done within a confidential and non-judgmental space. I am a qualified and accredited sex and relationship therapist. As Associate Director of the London Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy and Course Director of the Naos Institute's Advanced Couples Diploma, I help train the next generation of specialist therapists.
023 8214 8557 View 023 8214 8557
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Kate Green
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Sheffield S11
I have worked for many years as a specialist in alcohol and drug addiction I also have experience of working with other addictions, such as gambling and sex addiction.
I am a counsellor, psychotherapist and specialist in addictions of 34 years experience as a front-line practitioner working within the public sector. I can assist with a broad-spectrum of issues. I provide one to one counselling, couple and family therapy. I am experienced in working with adults of all ages and from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, sexual orientation, and physical and mental ability. It is my belief evidenced from my work with a great many unique and wonderful persons that all of us have the innate ability to heal ourselves. I see my role as merely an assistant in this self-healing process.
I have worked for many years as a specialist in alcohol and drug addiction I also have experience of working with other addictions, such as gambling and sex addiction.
I am a counsellor, psychotherapist and specialist in addictions of 34 years experience as a front-line practitioner working within the public sector. I can assist with a broad-spectrum of issues. I provide one to one counselling, couple and family therapy. I am experienced in working with adults of all ages and from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, sexual orientation, and physical and mental ability. It is my belief evidenced from my work with a great many unique and wonderful persons that all of us have the innate ability to heal ourselves. I see my role as merely an assistant in this self-healing process.
0114 478 2604 View 0114 478 2604
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Elisabeta Stancu - Counselling & Therapy
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Greenford UB6  (Online Only)
I am a qualified Psychologist in my country of origin and a Counsellor/Psychotherapist registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have experience working with people with a wide range of issues related to alcohol or drug use, withdrawal from activities or friends, low energy or problems sleeping, inability to concentrate, mood changes, sex drive, excessive anger or feeling sad and down. I offer a safe and non-judgmental space for you to share your thoughts, experiences and problems. I work with adults (and couples), teenagers and children, offering face-to-face and online sessions.
I am a qualified Psychologist in my country of origin and a Counsellor/Psychotherapist registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have experience working with people with a wide range of issues related to alcohol or drug use, withdrawal from activities or friends, low energy or problems sleeping, inability to concentrate, mood changes, sex drive, excessive anger or feeling sad and down. I offer a safe and non-judgmental space for you to share your thoughts, experiences and problems. I work with adults (and couples), teenagers and children, offering face-to-face and online sessions.
020 3835 6066 View 020 3835 6066
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Working Through
Counsellor, MA, COSRT General
Verified Verified
London EC2M
I work with people who might be struggling with sexual or relationship difficulties such as erectile dysfunction, rapid or delayed ejaculation, anxiety around sex, relationships and intimacy issues, sexual abuse or assault, sexual health issues, compulsive sexual behaviours, vulval pain conditions, vaginismus, dyspareunia (pain during intercourse), sexual orientation questions or insecurities, pornography issues, orgasmic or anorgasmic problems, sexual phobias or aversions, fears around lack of sexual experience, loss of desire, affairs, marital break ups, open relationships, kinks, bdsm, polyamory, addictions, codependency, trauma.
I work with people who might be struggling with sexual or relationship difficulties such as erectile dysfunction, rapid or delayed ejaculation, anxiety around sex, relationships and intimacy issues, sexual abuse or assault, sexual health issues, compulsive sexual behaviours, vulval pain conditions, vaginismus, dyspareunia (pain during intercourse), sexual orientation questions or insecurities, pornography issues, orgasmic or anorgasmic problems, sexual phobias or aversions, fears around lack of sexual experience, loss of desire, affairs, marital break ups, open relationships, kinks, bdsm, polyamory, addictions, codependency, trauma.
020 8103 5619 View 020 8103 5619
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Austen Miall
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Manchester M4
“I started therapy with a specific goal of stopping my sex addiction.
My name is Austen and I provide Psychotherapy to individuals & couples in Manchester and Online. I qualified as a therapist in 2011 and my particular skill is helping clients to process sensitive or embarrassing issues. I have undertaken training in Trauma, Emotional Regulation and Sexuality related problems. My specialist areas are; Anxiety, Low Self-Esteem, Sexual Abuse, Sex/Porn Addiction, Erectile Dysfunction and Kink-Related Shame. Many of my clients have previous experience of therapy and are seeking a therapist with specific skills and a therapeutic approach that is focused. I'm Gay and my clients are heterosexual and LGBT+.
“I started therapy with a specific goal of stopping my sex addiction.
My name is Austen and I provide Psychotherapy to individuals & couples in Manchester and Online. I qualified as a therapist in 2011 and my particular skill is helping clients to process sensitive or embarrassing issues. I have undertaken training in Trauma, Emotional Regulation and Sexuality related problems. My specialist areas are; Anxiety, Low Self-Esteem, Sexual Abuse, Sex/Porn Addiction, Erectile Dysfunction and Kink-Related Shame. Many of my clients have previous experience of therapy and are seeking a therapist with specific skills and a therapeutic approach that is focused. I'm Gay and my clients are heterosexual and LGBT+.
01484 627039 View 01484 627039
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Richard Absalom
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
London EC4M  (Online Only)
Experienced and established Integrative Individual and Couples Counsellor offering online appointments on Zoom or Skype. As well as my initial core training and qualification in Integrative Counselling (2006) I am additionally qualified in Sex and Relationship therapy. I have worked with individuals since 2006, and couples since 2009. Whatever your circumstances, I am passionate about helping people tap back into their own resources in order to solve problems and make changes. I can help, when unhelpful thoughts patterns and behaviours are keeping you stuck. The aim is to help you gain insight, and heighten self awareness.
Experienced and established Integrative Individual and Couples Counsellor offering online appointments on Zoom or Skype. As well as my initial core training and qualification in Integrative Counselling (2006) I am additionally qualified in Sex and Relationship therapy. I have worked with individuals since 2006, and couples since 2009. Whatever your circumstances, I am passionate about helping people tap back into their own resources in order to solve problems and make changes. I can help, when unhelpful thoughts patterns and behaviours are keeping you stuck. The aim is to help you gain insight, and heighten self awareness.
01202 013959 View 01202 013959
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Marek Julian Mironski
Psychotherapist, MA, COSRT Accred
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
London SE1  (Online Only)
Psychosexual therapy is a form of talking therapy that helps you to understand, manage and overcome any sex related difficulties you may have been experiencing. Those difficulties can arise through physical, psychological, emotional and situational aspects affecting our sexual wellbeing. I offer therapy to individuals and couples who might experience difficulties such as: •Erectile dysfunction •Rapid and delayed ejaculation •Painful sex •Sexual health issues (HIV; herpes or anxiety)•Issues relating to intimacy, sexuality and Chem Sex •Low libido •Inability to orgasm• Relationship issues •Compulsive sexual behaviours and more.
Psychosexual therapy is a form of talking therapy that helps you to understand, manage and overcome any sex related difficulties you may have been experiencing. Those difficulties can arise through physical, psychological, emotional and situational aspects affecting our sexual wellbeing. I offer therapy to individuals and couples who might experience difficulties such as: •Erectile dysfunction •Rapid and delayed ejaculation •Painful sex •Sexual health issues (HIV; herpes or anxiety)•Issues relating to intimacy, sexuality and Chem Sex •Low libido •Inability to orgasm• Relationship issues •Compulsive sexual behaviours and more.
020 3872 2506 View 020 3872 2506
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Ailey Jolie
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
London EC2V
I have studied Trauma Recovery at Harvard Medical School, Sex Therapy at the University of Guelph and Eating Disorder Treatment at the University College London (UCL).
I am passionate about supporting you to live fully within the wisdom of your body. I support those who have experienced a disconnection from their body due to sexual trauma, relational abuse, an eating disorder/disordered eating, and reproductive health trauma. I assist clients in coming home to their bodies through a multidisciplinary and personalized approach that relies on depth psychology, relational somatics, intersectional feminism, and mindfulness. I acknowledge that women's relationship with their bodies is complex; my education honours that complexity.
I have studied Trauma Recovery at Harvard Medical School, Sex Therapy at the University of Guelph and Eating Disorder Treatment at the University College London (UCL).
I am passionate about supporting you to live fully within the wisdom of your body. I support those who have experienced a disconnection from their body due to sexual trauma, relational abuse, an eating disorder/disordered eating, and reproductive health trauma. I assist clients in coming home to their bodies through a multidisciplinary and personalized approach that relies on depth psychology, relational somatics, intersectional feminism, and mindfulness. I acknowledge that women's relationship with their bodies is complex; my education honours that complexity.
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Dr Holly Conheady
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
London WC1V  (Online Only)
I am a Counselling Psychologist with extensive experience supporting both adults and young people with their mental health, using evidence-based methods to reduce distress and promote wellbeing. I have worked in a variety of settings in the NHS, charitable and private sectors, supporting people living with challenges around physical health, sleep, and body image, as well as bereavement and loss. Other areas of expertise include working with stress, low mood, self-criticism, and anxiety related to health, identity, sense of purpose, sexuality, social situations, and chronic worrying.
I am a Counselling Psychologist with extensive experience supporting both adults and young people with their mental health, using evidence-based methods to reduce distress and promote wellbeing. I have worked in a variety of settings in the NHS, charitable and private sectors, supporting people living with challenges around physical health, sleep, and body image, as well as bereavement and loss. Other areas of expertise include working with stress, low mood, self-criticism, and anxiety related to health, identity, sense of purpose, sexuality, social situations, and chronic worrying.
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Sex Therapy Counsellors

Who is sex therapy for?

Sex problems are common in relationships. Many people want a better sex life and want to feel loved and desired by their partner. It is difficult for couples to resolve sexual problems on their own because people often feel ashamed to talk about their sexual desires fearing they are not normal, when in fact a very broad range of preferences and behaviors are normal. A sex therapist can help clarify this and other matters.

Why do people need sex therapy?

Many people do not know how to talk about their erotic needs or their emotional needs, both of which are addressed in sex therapy. Couples often live with sexual difficulties for years before seeking help, and in that time, partners may experience so much disappointment and alienation that they may fear their problems mean they are incompatible. Once people experience disappointment, it is difficult to find resolution without help.

What happens in sex therapy?

People have many misconceptions about what takes place in sex therapy. First, it is a form of talk therapy in which partners discuss their sexual concerns; it does not involve touching or physical exploration of any kind. Sex therapy typically helps couples get comfortable talking to each other about sex so that, in the privacy of their home life, they can openly discuss their sexual desires and make decisions about what they want to do. Couples are typically assigned activities to do at home that build intimacy skills.

What kinds of problems do sex therapists treat?

Very often, partners differ in their degree of sexual desire and struggle over how often to have sex. Or they may have fights about porn use or have difficulty connecting sexually after one partner is unfaithful. Men may have problems with premature ejaculation. Women may find themselves struggling to become aroused or to achieve an orgasm. Sometimes partners feel like they have lost the sense of attraction to their partner. These are all common issues dealt with in sex therapy.