Sex Therapists in Telford, ENG

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Michelle Bethell
Psychotherapist, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Telford TF4
Hello my name is Michelle. Welcome to my profile. I am an integrative psychotherapist trained in a varied range of theories including Person Centred Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, CBT, Psychoanalytic & Psychodynamic. If you are considering Therapy I provide a professional and approachable service in a confidential and comfortable Therapy room. If you are unsure how to tackle your issues I offer an initial consultation with no further obligations.
Hello my name is Michelle. Welcome to my profile. I am an integrative psychotherapist trained in a varied range of theories including Person Centred Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, CBT, Psychoanalytic & Psychodynamic. If you are considering Therapy I provide a professional and approachable service in a confidential and comfortable Therapy room. If you are unsure how to tackle your issues I offer an initial consultation with no further obligations.
07723 452465 View 07723 452465
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Absolute Counselling
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Telford TF2
I am a Person-Centered counsellor (Person-center means, client led) who uses CBT and Solution Focused techniques where suitable. My background includes yoga, reiki, meditation, aromatherapy and mindfulness. This means I can offer an holistic approach to the therapeutic work. The relationship between myself and the client (you) is at the heart of ALL therapy. Counselling is about change, and change can be very difficult and scary to do. In fact, sometimes we actually don't know how to do it. With support from myself, we will explore your anxiety, concerns, behavior, beliefs and feelings.
I am a Person-Centered counsellor (Person-center means, client led) who uses CBT and Solution Focused techniques where suitable. My background includes yoga, reiki, meditation, aromatherapy and mindfulness. This means I can offer an holistic approach to the therapeutic work. The relationship between myself and the client (you) is at the heart of ALL therapy. Counselling is about change, and change can be very difficult and scary to do. In fact, sometimes we actually don't know how to do it. With support from myself, we will explore your anxiety, concerns, behavior, beliefs and feelings.
07449 529786 View 07449 529786
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nikki mansfield - malaya counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Telford TF1
I strongly believe that counselling therapy should be available to all and pride myself on offering a Bespoke service to ensure All clients feel valued . I offer a range of services to suit needs which can include home / school visits , telephone / on line sessions or a walk with , talk with option . sessions can be arranged around your availability to include weekends or evenings if necessary. I will ensure you feel Safe , heard & in control of the process at all times , we will work at your pace and for as long as you feel you need support . Just be you ! That is more than good enough for me .
I strongly believe that counselling therapy should be available to all and pride myself on offering a Bespoke service to ensure All clients feel valued . I offer a range of services to suit needs which can include home / school visits , telephone / on line sessions or a walk with , talk with option . sessions can be arranged around your availability to include weekends or evenings if necessary. I will ensure you feel Safe , heard & in control of the process at all times , we will work at your pace and for as long as you feel you need support . Just be you ! That is more than good enough for me .
01743 297009 View 01743 297009
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Dr Sophie Gwinnett
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Telford TF1
I am a HCPC registered clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience working in the NHS and private sector. Trained in a variety of evidence-based therapies including CBT and EMDR, I deliver individually tailored interventions that enable people to experience lasting, meaningful change. I work with adults with a range of psychological difficulties including anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma, grief, health issues and relationship difficulties. I am a specialist in health anxiety. I also spent many years working in the NHS with people affected by changes in their health. I can provide pre-surgery assessments.
I am a HCPC registered clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience working in the NHS and private sector. Trained in a variety of evidence-based therapies including CBT and EMDR, I deliver individually tailored interventions that enable people to experience lasting, meaningful change. I work with adults with a range of psychological difficulties including anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma, grief, health issues and relationship difficulties. I am a specialist in health anxiety. I also spent many years working in the NHS with people affected by changes in their health. I can provide pre-surgery assessments.
01922 214818 View 01922 214818

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Jodie Slee
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, COSRT General
Verified Verified
Cotwall TF6  (Online Only)
I specialise in a range of relationships and sexual difficulties including (but not exclusively); Anorgasmia, Premature ejaculation, painful Sex (Dyspareunia/Vulvodynia), erectile dysfunction, delayed ejaculation, loss of desire, Vaginismus, difficulty with arousal, communication problems, affairs.
I am an experienced, fully qualified psychotherapist specialising in Psychosexual, Relationship Therapy and EMDR therapy. I am qualified at MSC level and have over 15 years' experience of helping a diverse range of couples and individuals overcome relationship issues, sexual problems or trauma. I operate confidential and judgment free practice using an integrative therapeutic style, tailored to meet the individual needs of each client and work proactively using up to date strategies in psychology and behavioural sciences to help clients meet their therapeutic goals.
I specialise in a range of relationships and sexual difficulties including (but not exclusively); Anorgasmia, Premature ejaculation, painful Sex (Dyspareunia/Vulvodynia), erectile dysfunction, delayed ejaculation, loss of desire, Vaginismus, difficulty with arousal, communication problems, affairs.
I am an experienced, fully qualified psychotherapist specialising in Psychosexual, Relationship Therapy and EMDR therapy. I am qualified at MSC level and have over 15 years' experience of helping a diverse range of couples and individuals overcome relationship issues, sexual problems or trauma. I operate confidential and judgment free practice using an integrative therapeutic style, tailored to meet the individual needs of each client and work proactively using up to date strategies in psychology and behavioural sciences to help clients meet their therapeutic goals.
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Online Therapists

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Keith Fowler
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bath BA1  (Online Only)
I help clients with sex problems, including disappointing erections (so-called erectile dysfunction), rapid ejaculation, delayed or absent ejaculation as well as low desire.
Welcome to my page! I'm glad you're here. I am a clinical sexologist registered with the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapy (COSRT), working mainly with men around topics including relationships, sex, and problematic sexual behaviours which may include compulsive sexual behaviour (so-called sex/porn addiction). I offer an empathic and non-shaming environment to explore issues, such as betrayals, mismatched desire or enhancing sexual intimacy. I can help to find ways to listen, share and restore connection.
I help clients with sex problems, including disappointing erections (so-called erectile dysfunction), rapid ejaculation, delayed or absent ejaculation as well as low desire.
Welcome to my page! I'm glad you're here. I am a clinical sexologist registered with the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapy (COSRT), working mainly with men around topics including relationships, sex, and problematic sexual behaviours which may include compulsive sexual behaviour (so-called sex/porn addiction). I offer an empathic and non-shaming environment to explore issues, such as betrayals, mismatched desire or enhancing sexual intimacy. I can help to find ways to listen, share and restore connection.
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James Alastair King
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M3
I work with people with a broad spectrum of presenting issues, from depression and anxiety to domestic abuse, bereavement, addiction and sexuality.
Although I regularly work with clients of all ages and genders, the majority of my clients tend to be young men, who have unresolved feelings or experiences which are impacting on their daily lives. I work as an integrative counsellor, from a person-centred perspective. This means that you can bring whatever you wish to the session, while we work at your pace and depth. I employ theory and techniques from CBT, psychodynamic and other therapeutic philosophies which I feel may be useful. Where we start is not the important thing as ultimately, you will naturally discover the things that matter the most to you.
I work with people with a broad spectrum of presenting issues, from depression and anxiety to domestic abuse, bereavement, addiction and sexuality.
Although I regularly work with clients of all ages and genders, the majority of my clients tend to be young men, who have unresolved feelings or experiences which are impacting on their daily lives. I work as an integrative counsellor, from a person-centred perspective. This means that you can bring whatever you wish to the session, while we work at your pace and depth. I employ theory and techniques from CBT, psychodynamic and other therapeutic philosophies which I feel may be useful. Where we start is not the important thing as ultimately, you will naturally discover the things that matter the most to you.
0161 509 6177 View 0161 509 6177
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Caroline Feldon Therapy
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Swadlincote DE12
If you need relationship counselling, sex therapy, or both, you've come to the right place. An experienced relationship and psychosexual therapist, I work in person and via webcam/phone with couples, partners and individuals to help clients improve communication, manage conflict, deal with problems in their sex lives, cope with separation/divorce, and manage fallout from infidelity or affairs. All of these can cause anxiety and depression. I work with adults of all ages, up to and beyond retirement, offering a safe space where you can talk confidentially about any relationships, whether partners, friends, work colleagues or family.
If you need relationship counselling, sex therapy, or both, you've come to the right place. An experienced relationship and psychosexual therapist, I work in person and via webcam/phone with couples, partners and individuals to help clients improve communication, manage conflict, deal with problems in their sex lives, cope with separation/divorce, and manage fallout from infidelity or affairs. All of these can cause anxiety and depression. I work with adults of all ages, up to and beyond retirement, offering a safe space where you can talk confidentially about any relationships, whether partners, friends, work colleagues or family.
07476 553029 View 07476 553029
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Pasquale Forcellati
Psychotherapist, PsychD, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Bedford MK40
Experienced Sex and Relationship Therapist that works on building a relationship with clients that will help them grow and develop.
Having worked in couple therapy for many years, my main observation is the loss of connection most people feel to their partners. Sometimes, this disconnection may play out as, a general feeling of discontent, or constant arguments, maybe there will be a loss of desire. whatever the issue it can only be fixed by agreeing to reconnect. I believe that couples can make a choice to reconnect. My goal is to take couple on a journey from where they are to reconnection. Finding a level of emotional intimacy that will transcend any present and future challenges to the couple relationship.
Experienced Sex and Relationship Therapist that works on building a relationship with clients that will help them grow and develop.
Having worked in couple therapy for many years, my main observation is the loss of connection most people feel to their partners. Sometimes, this disconnection may play out as, a general feeling of discontent, or constant arguments, maybe there will be a loss of desire. whatever the issue it can only be fixed by agreeing to reconnect. I believe that couples can make a choice to reconnect. My goal is to take couple on a journey from where they are to reconnection. Finding a level of emotional intimacy that will transcend any present and future challenges to the couple relationship.
01234 676656 View 01234 676656
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Maxine O'Brien Sex & Relationship Counsellor
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Swindon SN2
My specialism is Sex and Relationship Therapy.
This is an extremely troubling time, I am experienced in working online. I work with Individuals and couples with anxiety, depression and finding ways of coping. Talking about sex, sexuality and relationships can be extremely difficult. Our own feelings of shame can keep us feeling trapped and feel that there is nowhere to go. I offer a non judgemental space to be able to talk sensitively working to resolve issues. We will agree the focus of the work from the outset and keep this in mind throughout the journey together. We will work together to facilitate change in the areas you feel are needed.
My specialism is Sex and Relationship Therapy.
This is an extremely troubling time, I am experienced in working online. I work with Individuals and couples with anxiety, depression and finding ways of coping. Talking about sex, sexuality and relationships can be extremely difficult. Our own feelings of shame can keep us feeling trapped and feel that there is nowhere to go. I offer a non judgemental space to be able to talk sensitively working to resolve issues. We will agree the focus of the work from the outset and keep this in mind throughout the journey together. We will work together to facilitate change in the areas you feel are needed.
01793 236275 View 01793 236275
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Hyunho Khang
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Bristol BS1
I have wide experience counselling a diverse range of clients experiencing depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, loss, grief, anger issues, confidence issues, relationship difficulties, issues around sex, issues at work, ADHD, addiction, eating issues, abuse and trauma. I work in conjunction with NHS services and other health professionals to support adults in the South West. I have a particular interest in working with clients with relationship difficulties (including sex issues), clients affected by narcissism in their relationships, and clients with somatic problems including pain, chronic fatigue, ME, IBS and fibromyalgia.
I have wide experience counselling a diverse range of clients experiencing depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, loss, grief, anger issues, confidence issues, relationship difficulties, issues around sex, issues at work, ADHD, addiction, eating issues, abuse and trauma. I work in conjunction with NHS services and other health professionals to support adults in the South West. I have a particular interest in working with clients with relationship difficulties (including sex issues), clients affected by narcissism in their relationships, and clients with somatic problems including pain, chronic fatigue, ME, IBS and fibromyalgia.
0117 325 2122 View 0117 325 2122
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Rebecca's Counselling Solutions
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Barnsley S70
There are lots of reasons why someone may come for counselling. It may be that they are trying to come to terms with a loss or are finding it difficult to cope with the stresses of everyday life. It could be their past is affecting daily life. You may be experiencing difficulties in your relationships or having sexual problems. This could be erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation, vaginismus, painful sex or loss of desire. I am Kink-friendly and aware. As a skilled integrative Therapist, I offer a safe, supportive and non-judgmental space to explore difficulties in a confidential environment.
There are lots of reasons why someone may come for counselling. It may be that they are trying to come to terms with a loss or are finding it difficult to cope with the stresses of everyday life. It could be their past is affecting daily life. You may be experiencing difficulties in your relationships or having sexual problems. This could be erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation, vaginismus, painful sex or loss of desire. I am Kink-friendly and aware. As a skilled integrative Therapist, I offer a safe, supportive and non-judgmental space to explore difficulties in a confidential environment.
01226 445300 View 01226 445300
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Dr Gareth Davies
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Penarth CF64
I specialise in working with older adults and the LGBTQ+ community and I’m passionate and experienced in working with gender, sexuality and identity.
Hi there and welcome. If you’re here then it’s likely something in life isn’t working as well as you’d like it to. Whatever the main issue is, therapy is an investment and choosing the right therapist is a big decision. I’ve worked across many settings but my main focus is adults who are experiencing emotional difficulties relating to grief, loss, shame, blame or self-criticism. I take a very holistic approach, so physical health and wellbeing, sleep and quality of life are areas of expertise I will be happy to focus on. Whether you feel grief about your past, scared of the future, or anything in between, I’d love to help.
I specialise in working with older adults and the LGBTQ+ community and I’m passionate and experienced in working with gender, sexuality and identity.
Hi there and welcome. If you’re here then it’s likely something in life isn’t working as well as you’d like it to. Whatever the main issue is, therapy is an investment and choosing the right therapist is a big decision. I’ve worked across many settings but my main focus is adults who are experiencing emotional difficulties relating to grief, loss, shame, blame or self-criticism. I take a very holistic approach, so physical health and wellbeing, sleep and quality of life are areas of expertise I will be happy to focus on. Whether you feel grief about your past, scared of the future, or anything in between, I’d love to help.
029 2271 4421 View 029 2271 4421
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Chloe Jones
Counsellor, COSRT Reg.
Verified Verified
Manchester M22  (Online Only)
I work with people that have barriers to a fulfilling sex life. This can include conditions such as erectile dysfunction, premature/delayed ejaculation, low desire, pain during penetration and difficulty achieving orgasm.
I work with people that have barriers to a fulfilling sex life. This can include conditions such as erectile dysfunction, premature/delayed ejaculation, low desire, pain during penetration and difficulty achieving orgasm.
0161 524 8141 View 0161 524 8141
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Dr Michele McCulley
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Nottingham NG5
Together, we will explore your challenges like depression, anxiety, compulsive behaviours, identity, self-esteem, relationship problems, sexuality and figure out why they exist, and thereafter support you as you experiment with trying to do things differently.
I am an integrative psychologist, psychotherapist and sexologist and my training has followed this route because I believe the way we come to understand ourselves develops dynamically in formative years in relationship with our parents, extended families and more broadly the cultures in which families are embedded. In short, we come to know who we are in relationship with other people. That also means that most of our difficulties and adaptive skills - which often cause difficulties later on are formed as we navigate the different demands of these environments too. Becoming aware of these challenge the way to improved mental health.
Together, we will explore your challenges like depression, anxiety, compulsive behaviours, identity, self-esteem, relationship problems, sexuality and figure out why they exist, and thereafter support you as you experiment with trying to do things differently.
I am an integrative psychologist, psychotherapist and sexologist and my training has followed this route because I believe the way we come to understand ourselves develops dynamically in formative years in relationship with our parents, extended families and more broadly the cultures in which families are embedded. In short, we come to know who we are in relationship with other people. That also means that most of our difficulties and adaptive skills - which often cause difficulties later on are formed as we navigate the different demands of these environments too. Becoming aware of these challenge the way to improved mental health.
020 3984 8247 View 020 3984 8247
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Luke Stableford Cbt
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Leeds LS6  (Online Only)
I specialise in mental health, relationships, sex, and communication.
I specialise in stress, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, PTSD, panic, OCD, bereavement, long term health conditions, relationship difficulties. Are you feeling stuck, down, lonely, anxious, stressed, or overwhelmed? You may be struggling to cope with a busy job/lifestyle, health issues, family, loss of a loved one, or difficulties in relationships. My clients often feel not good enough, alone, or are failing in life. I help my clients feel happier, calmer, less anxious, more confident, and able to sleep better. They are better able to cope with life stresses, health issues, and create harmonious relationships.
I specialise in mental health, relationships, sex, and communication.
I specialise in stress, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, PTSD, panic, OCD, bereavement, long term health conditions, relationship difficulties. Are you feeling stuck, down, lonely, anxious, stressed, or overwhelmed? You may be struggling to cope with a busy job/lifestyle, health issues, family, loss of a loved one, or difficulties in relationships. My clients often feel not good enough, alone, or are failing in life. I help my clients feel happier, calmer, less anxious, more confident, and able to sleep better. They are better able to cope with life stresses, health issues, and create harmonious relationships.
0113 519 4502 View 0113 519 4502
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Bonnie Wallace
Psychotherapist, COSRT General
Verified Verified
Stockport SK6
A highly qualified therapist who specialises in the areas of sex and porn addiction,sex therapy, couple therapy and eating disorders, and highly qualified in these areas as my training suggests. Vast experience ensures that I help my clients towards resolving their issues. I work with a broad spectrum of clients on a wide range of these issues. I offer a highly discreet, confidential and personalized approach delivered with compassion and understanding. Working with a sympathetic and non-judgemental attitude, I help achieve solutions to the issues you bring in a practical, down to earth way.
A highly qualified therapist who specialises in the areas of sex and porn addiction,sex therapy, couple therapy and eating disorders, and highly qualified in these areas as my training suggests. Vast experience ensures that I help my clients towards resolving their issues. I work with a broad spectrum of clients on a wide range of these issues. I offer a highly discreet, confidential and personalized approach delivered with compassion and understanding. Working with a sympathetic and non-judgemental attitude, I help achieve solutions to the issues you bring in a practical, down to earth way.
07480 736061 View 07480 736061
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Carla Devereux
Psychotherapist, MA, GMBPsS
Verified Verified
Solihull B90
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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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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Travis Kerns
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Cardiff CF11
Some of my specialities include Relationships and Couples Counselling, Addictions, Anxiety and Stress Management, issues related to sex and sexuality, and building self esteem and asserting yourself.
Even the strongest people can struggle from time to time. Are you feeling like your relationships aren't as good as they could be? Would you like to feel better about yourself? Are there any behaviours or substances that feel like they're getting out of hand for you? I can help.
Some of my specialities include Relationships and Couples Counselling, Addictions, Anxiety and Stress Management, issues related to sex and sexuality, and building self esteem and asserting yourself.
Even the strongest people can struggle from time to time. Are you feeling like your relationships aren't as good as they could be? Would you like to feel better about yourself? Are there any behaviours or substances that feel like they're getting out of hand for you? I can help.
029 2267 0601 View 029 2267 0601

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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.