Sex Therapists in Tucson, AZ

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Haley Ahmann
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85712
I am LGBTQIA+ affirming, kink affirming, sex worker allied and trauma informed.
I am passionate about helping individuals and couples navigate sexual issues such as communication, healing trauma & history of sexual violence, libido issues, physical pain, dissociation or other blocks you may be struggling with. My approach is collaborative and intentional to help you and your partner(s) navigate unique challenges and breakthrough unhelpful patterns.
I am LGBTQIA+ affirming, kink affirming, sex worker allied and trauma informed.
I am passionate about helping individuals and couples navigate sexual issues such as communication, healing trauma & history of sexual violence, libido issues, physical pain, dissociation or other blocks you may be struggling with. My approach is collaborative and intentional to help you and your partner(s) navigate unique challenges and breakthrough unhelpful patterns.
(520) 341-2490 View (520) 341-2490
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Anilu Green
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, CST
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85715  (Online Only)
As a licensed therapist with a PhD in neuropsychology, I strive to empower individuals to achieve their full potential and improve their overall well-being. My expertise in brain-behavior relationships allows me to provide effective treatment for a wide range of mental health concerns, and I am deeply committed to helping my clients thrive. I am also a Certified Sex Therapist. I have clinical experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups, helping them navigate through various issues, big and small.
As a licensed therapist with a PhD in neuropsychology, I strive to empower individuals to achieve their full potential and improve their overall well-being. My expertise in brain-behavior relationships allows me to provide effective treatment for a wide range of mental health concerns, and I am deeply committed to helping my clients thrive. I am also a Certified Sex Therapist. I have clinical experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups, helping them navigate through various issues, big and small.
(520) 467-7005 View (520) 467-7005
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Mindful Sex and Relationship Therapy, LLC
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85712
Mindful Sex and Relationship Therapy, LLC is a private practice specializing in sexual and relationship issues.
Are you tired of feeling "stuck" in a repetitive pattern with your partner and it just won't stop no matter what you do? Do you have low sexual desire and you are concerned it won't come back? Have you been told you have a sex/porn addiction? Are you polyamorous and having a hard time with jealousy or fear?
Mindful Sex and Relationship Therapy, LLC is a private practice specializing in sexual and relationship issues.
Are you tired of feeling "stuck" in a repetitive pattern with your partner and it just won't stop no matter what you do? Do you have low sexual desire and you are concerned it won't come back? Have you been told you have a sex/porn addiction? Are you polyamorous and having a hard time with jealousy or fear?
(520) 391-9503 View (520) 391-9503
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Kresta Werner
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, MA, LPC, CCST
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85712
I am a Certified Couples Sex Therapist (CCST) utilizing a whole-bodied/somatic and sex-positive approach to therapy with individuals and couples.
Relationship 101 is captured beautifully by Esther Perel: "The quality of our relationships determines the quality of our lives." If you long to learn how to nourish, strengthen, and/or repair your relationships therapy can facilitate clearer and compassionate communication between you and your loved ones. I'm sex-positive and believe that a relationship is like an intimate dance in which mutual partnership depends on healthy communication, curiosity and vulnerability. If you feel stuck in your relationship, are dating, or taking some much needed time off, therapy can play a supportive role in deepening connection to self and other.
I am a Certified Couples Sex Therapist (CCST) utilizing a whole-bodied/somatic and sex-positive approach to therapy with individuals and couples.
Relationship 101 is captured beautifully by Esther Perel: "The quality of our relationships determines the quality of our lives." If you long to learn how to nourish, strengthen, and/or repair your relationships therapy can facilitate clearer and compassionate communication between you and your loved ones. I'm sex-positive and believe that a relationship is like an intimate dance in which mutual partnership depends on healthy communication, curiosity and vulnerability. If you feel stuck in your relationship, are dating, or taking some much needed time off, therapy can play a supportive role in deepening connection to self and other.
(520) 210-5972 View (520) 210-5972
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Stephanie Neidermyer
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85704
Welcome and thank you for looking at my profile. I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and have been working in the field for over 20 years. I work primarily with adults in individual, couples and family therapy. I am also a Certified Sex Therapist and work with individuals and couples struggling with sexual dysfunction. Clients have found my systemic training and orientation to be particularly effective for couples and family therapy or when working on relationship and family of origin issues in individual therapy.
Welcome and thank you for looking at my profile. I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and have been working in the field for over 20 years. I work primarily with adults in individual, couples and family therapy. I am also a Certified Sex Therapist and work with individuals and couples struggling with sexual dysfunction. Clients have found my systemic training and orientation to be particularly effective for couples and family therapy or when working on relationship and family of origin issues in individual therapy.
(520) 827-8204 View (520) 827-8204
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Alyssa Abraham
Counselor, MA, LAC , NCC
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85712
Immediate openings! I am currently working towards an AASECT approved Sex Therapy Certification. My therapeutic approach is trauma-informed, compassionate, patient, and free of judgment. My primary focus is helping heal connections within couples and families. I have experience working with individuals with trauma, neurodiversity, mood disorders, identity issues, grief, loss, and many more populations. I am an LGBTQIA+ affirming, kink affirming, and ethical non-monogamy affirming therapist.
Immediate openings! I am currently working towards an AASECT approved Sex Therapy Certification. My therapeutic approach is trauma-informed, compassionate, patient, and free of judgment. My primary focus is helping heal connections within couples and families. I have experience working with individuals with trauma, neurodiversity, mood disorders, identity issues, grief, loss, and many more populations. I am an LGBTQIA+ affirming, kink affirming, and ethical non-monogamy affirming therapist.
(520) 276-4346 View (520) 276-4346
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April Newman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85719
In the 20+ years I've worked in the helping profession, I've been honored to walk with many individuals on their personal paths of self discovery. Bearing witness to their journeys has inspired me on my own path, both professionally and personally. I have found my interest concentrated on Human Sexuality. My intention is to provide an open and safe environment for individuals to explore concerns and questions related to aspects of their sexuality and gender expression. By exploring how this impacts one's personal experience, close relationships and lives, insight can be gained and self esteem improved. Areas of focus include:
In the 20+ years I've worked in the helping profession, I've been honored to walk with many individuals on their personal paths of self discovery. Bearing witness to their journeys has inspired me on my own path, both professionally and personally. I have found my interest concentrated on Human Sexuality. My intention is to provide an open and safe environment for individuals to explore concerns and questions related to aspects of their sexuality and gender expression. By exploring how this impacts one's personal experience, close relationships and lives, insight can be gained and self esteem improved. Areas of focus include:
(520) 265-5491 View (520) 265-5491
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Tamar Reed
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85705
Waitlist for new clients
I am a licensed professional counselor in process of applying for AASECT sex therapist certification, and working toward a PhD.
Hello, I’m Tamar (they/she), an anti-racist, queer, Femme, fat/body positive therapist working with clients toward healthy and joyful outcomes. I have ample experience working with LGBTQIA2S+ folks and families, people impacted by trauma, high-conflict dynamics, people experiencing minority stress, interracial/intercultural relationships, consensually non-monogamous/polyam and kinky clients. My orientation as a therapist is strengths- and values- based, honest and direct, and always non-judgmental.
I am a licensed professional counselor in process of applying for AASECT sex therapist certification, and working toward a PhD.
Hello, I’m Tamar (they/she), an anti-racist, queer, Femme, fat/body positive therapist working with clients toward healthy and joyful outcomes. I have ample experience working with LGBTQIA2S+ folks and families, people impacted by trauma, high-conflict dynamics, people experiencing minority stress, interracial/intercultural relationships, consensually non-monogamous/polyam and kinky clients. My orientation as a therapist is strengths- and values- based, honest and direct, and always non-judgmental.
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Nai (Audrey-Paige) Smiddy
Counselor, LAC
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85712  (Online Only)
I am a non-binary Licensed Associate Counselor in Arizona, license number LAC-20028.  I am currently working towards the Sex Therapist Certification and Ph.D. in Clinical Sexology at Modern Sex Therapy Institutes.  My personal and professional knowledge of gender identity, transgender treatment, and human sexuality allows me the tools to help transgender and non-binary folx live authentically with self-love and acceptance.  Working with the transgender and gender nonconforming community is my passion.  I also provide family therapy to help partners through transitions of gender identity and build connection with true acceptance of
I am a non-binary Licensed Associate Counselor in Arizona, license number LAC-20028.  I am currently working towards the Sex Therapist Certification and Ph.D. in Clinical Sexology at Modern Sex Therapy Institutes.  My personal and professional knowledge of gender identity, transgender treatment, and human sexuality allows me the tools to help transgender and non-binary folx live authentically with self-love and acceptance.  Working with the transgender and gender nonconforming community is my passion.  I also provide family therapy to help partners through transitions of gender identity and build connection with true acceptance of
(520) 210-4087 View (520) 210-4087
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Sara Graper
Counselor, LAC
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85712
Waitlist for new clients
Additionally, I am working toward certification in sex therapy and am a Certified Therapeutic Gamemaster.
One of my core beliefs is that all of us deserve space to connect and play in a way that allows us to show up as our whole selves. Connecting with that joy can feel daunting when communication no longer feels reliable or we're struggling to identify what brings us that sense of excitement. Through collaboration and transparency, I aim to create an affirming space that fosters growth and embraces all your identities.
Additionally, I am working toward certification in sex therapy and am a Certified Therapeutic Gamemaster.
One of my core beliefs is that all of us deserve space to connect and play in a way that allows us to show up as our whole selves. Connecting with that joy can feel daunting when communication no longer feels reliable or we're struggling to identify what brings us that sense of excitement. Through collaboration and transparency, I aim to create an affirming space that fosters growth and embraces all your identities.
(520) 348-2540 View (520) 348-2540
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Rory Bergstrom
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85705
My practice is likely a good fit for you if: you're neurodivergent, identify as queer or trans, are exploring your sexuality or gender identity, engage in alternative relationship styles (ethical non-monogamy, polyamory), are interested in an approach to therapy that is abolition oriented and critical of systems that perpetuate harm.
Have you tried traditional talk-therapy and made progress at the beginning, only to find yourself stuck and frustrated months down the line? I offer treatments that catalyze deeper healing and growth to help my clients move forward; including EMDR, Ketamine Assisted Therapy and psychedelic integration. If you have struggled with depression, anxiety or PTSD and haven't found relief with standard treatments then my practice is for you. I offer in-person sessions in Tucson and virtual sessions throughout Arizona.
My practice is likely a good fit for you if: you're neurodivergent, identify as queer or trans, are exploring your sexuality or gender identity, engage in alternative relationship styles (ethical non-monogamy, polyamory), are interested in an approach to therapy that is abolition oriented and critical of systems that perpetuate harm.
Have you tried traditional talk-therapy and made progress at the beginning, only to find yourself stuck and frustrated months down the line? I offer treatments that catalyze deeper healing and growth to help my clients move forward; including EMDR, Ketamine Assisted Therapy and psychedelic integration. If you have struggled with depression, anxiety or PTSD and haven't found relief with standard treatments then my practice is for you. I offer in-person sessions in Tucson and virtual sessions throughout Arizona.
(520) 999-2296 View (520) 999-2296
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Jacob Gotwals
Counselor, MA
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85750  (Online Only)
I’m comfortable discussing sexuality, gender, and polyamory, and I’m LGBTQ+ friendly.
Welcome! I imagine you’re facing some challenges. Maybe you're struggling with relationship issues or dating. Maybe you're having upsetting memories of traumatic experiences you've been through. Or, maybe you’re feeling anxious or insecure. Everyone struggles sometimes, and sometimes we all need help. We need someone who will listen, understand, and accept us. Someone who cares, who can help us heal. Someone who can help us make sense of what’s happening so we can see things more clearly. I’m passionate about being there for my clients in these ways, and I’m glad you’re here. I work with both individuals and couples.
I’m comfortable discussing sexuality, gender, and polyamory, and I’m LGBTQ+ friendly.
Welcome! I imagine you’re facing some challenges. Maybe you're struggling with relationship issues or dating. Maybe you're having upsetting memories of traumatic experiences you've been through. Or, maybe you’re feeling anxious or insecure. Everyone struggles sometimes, and sometimes we all need help. We need someone who will listen, understand, and accept us. Someone who cares, who can help us heal. Someone who can help us make sense of what’s happening so we can see things more clearly. I’m passionate about being there for my clients in these ways, and I’m glad you’re here. I work with both individuals and couples.
(505) 336-0088 View (505) 336-0088
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Jonathan Statt
Marriage & Family Therapist, MC, LMFT
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85742
I have a passion for working with individuals, families, and couples on a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, addiction/substance abuse, life transitions, personal growth, school difficulties, relationship conflict and communication, parent-teen relationships, men's health, sexuality, grief, overcoming trauma/abuse, and spiritual conflicts.
For 15 years, I have successfully worked with people to gain insight and create positive patterns of behavior to repair broken relationships, heal from past abuse/trauma, overcome addiction of all kinds, break free from anxiety and depression, and achieve greater life satisfaction. I strive to create a safe, comfortable, non-judgmental environment for clients to feel understood and accepted. I often use stories from my life experiences as a youth pastor, Jr. High teacher, and married father of three. The most common positive comment I receive from clients is that they always leave having learned something new.
I have a passion for working with individuals, families, and couples on a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, addiction/substance abuse, life transitions, personal growth, school difficulties, relationship conflict and communication, parent-teen relationships, men's health, sexuality, grief, overcoming trauma/abuse, and spiritual conflicts.
For 15 years, I have successfully worked with people to gain insight and create positive patterns of behavior to repair broken relationships, heal from past abuse/trauma, overcome addiction of all kinds, break free from anxiety and depression, and achieve greater life satisfaction. I strive to create a safe, comfortable, non-judgmental environment for clients to feel understood and accepted. I often use stories from my life experiences as a youth pastor, Jr. High teacher, and married father of three. The most common positive comment I receive from clients is that they always leave having learned something new.
(520) 329-2201 x1 View (520) 329-2201 x1
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Debra L. Kaplan
Counselor, MA, LPC, CSAT-S, PACT, EMDR
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85712
I specialize in attachment trauma, sex and porn addiction, and financial therapy (money, work and financial disorders). I provide in-person and virtual sessions in Arizona, and teletherapy for Colorado based clients. I work with couples and individuals to resolve their life issues for increased well-being and life fulfillment. I am faculty for Dr. Patrick Carnes, CSAT Supervisor/ therapist for IITAP, and integrate the PACT approach for couples.
I specialize in attachment trauma, sex and porn addiction, and financial therapy (money, work and financial disorders). I provide in-person and virtual sessions in Arizona, and teletherapy for Colorado based clients. I work with couples and individuals to resolve their life issues for increased well-being and life fulfillment. I am faculty for Dr. Patrick Carnes, CSAT Supervisor/ therapist for IITAP, and integrate the PACT approach for couples.
(520) 203-1943 View (520) 203-1943
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Kelly Wilt
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MS
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85701
As an individual and couples therapist, I often work with people desiring more or different out of their relationships, as well as clients looking for support related to sex, sexuality, and sexual trauma.
Warm and open, my therapeutic style is grounded in curiosity and compassion. I work to transform typical therapeutic spaces into empowering environments that cultivate inner-knowing and greater connection. I work from humanistic and feminist theoretical orientations, meaning that I'm relational and collaborative as a therapist. I believe trust is built and shame diminished when we’re met with authentic connection. I work with individuals and people in relationships working toward greater embodiment, connection, and healing. Many of my clients want to strengthen self-trust, grow their relational skills, and navigate life transitions.
As an individual and couples therapist, I often work with people desiring more or different out of their relationships, as well as clients looking for support related to sex, sexuality, and sexual trauma.
Warm and open, my therapeutic style is grounded in curiosity and compassion. I work to transform typical therapeutic spaces into empowering environments that cultivate inner-knowing and greater connection. I work from humanistic and feminist theoretical orientations, meaning that I'm relational and collaborative as a therapist. I believe trust is built and shame diminished when we’re met with authentic connection. I work with individuals and people in relationships working toward greater embodiment, connection, and healing. Many of my clients want to strengthen self-trust, grow their relational skills, and navigate life transitions.
(520) 224-1741 View (520) 224-1741
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Mark Conway
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85755  (Online Only)
Additionally, I am skilled and experienced in working with Sexual Dysfunction, Gender Dysphoria, Sex Therapy, Sexual Addiction, Infidelity, and Couples Counseling.
Authenticity is a key component of my life philosophy and my therapeutic treatment philosophy. Being real, genuine, and vulnerable are critical components of any healthy relationship be it with yourself or others. People are often too quick to condemn themselves and struggle to realize their own potential out of fear. There is no judgment here. No right or wrong ways, no lanes to stay in. Only you and your needs. Whatever it is that you are working through or need to work through you do not have to face it alone or suffer in silence anymore. I am here and as a natural-born healer.
Additionally, I am skilled and experienced in working with Sexual Dysfunction, Gender Dysphoria, Sex Therapy, Sexual Addiction, Infidelity, and Couples Counseling.
Authenticity is a key component of my life philosophy and my therapeutic treatment philosophy. Being real, genuine, and vulnerable are critical components of any healthy relationship be it with yourself or others. People are often too quick to condemn themselves and struggle to realize their own potential out of fear. There is no judgment here. No right or wrong ways, no lanes to stay in. Only you and your needs. Whatever it is that you are working through or need to work through you do not have to face it alone or suffer in silence anymore. I am here and as a natural-born healer.
(520) 525-1568 View (520) 525-1568
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Love Life Therapy Center, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85719
Our therapists have or are engaged in specialized training in trauma, sex therapy, and/or relationship concerns.
Hello! Making the decision to see a therapist and begin psychotherapy takes courage and we are honored that you chose to consider our practice as an option. It is our goal to help you uncover truths about yourself and your relationships so that you may live your best life possible. This practice has an emphasis in supporting clients with sexual health, trauma, relationship(s), and/or identity concerns. Individuals and folx in any form of romantic partnerships of any gender and/or sexual orientation are welcome. This is a BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, ENM, Kink and otherwise culturally-affirming practice.
Our therapists have or are engaged in specialized training in trauma, sex therapy, and/or relationship concerns.
Hello! Making the decision to see a therapist and begin psychotherapy takes courage and we are honored that you chose to consider our practice as an option. It is our goal to help you uncover truths about yourself and your relationships so that you may live your best life possible. This practice has an emphasis in supporting clients with sexual health, trauma, relationship(s), and/or identity concerns. Individuals and folx in any form of romantic partnerships of any gender and/or sexual orientation are welcome. This is a BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, ENM, Kink and otherwise culturally-affirming practice.
(520) 263-9548 View (520) 263-9548
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Dan Krepps
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LISAC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85712
Dan holds a Masters in Community Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor. Rooted in compassion, individualized treatment, and spiritual growth, Dan has focused on supporting individuals and families as they journey through substance abuse recovery; coping with mental illness and reintegration; trauma healing; crisis resolution; family and couples therapy; explorations of spirituality, self-esteem, and sexuality; fatherhood and parenting; process addiction; anger management, and more.
Dan holds a Masters in Community Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor. Rooted in compassion, individualized treatment, and spiritual growth, Dan has focused on supporting individuals and families as they journey through substance abuse recovery; coping with mental illness and reintegration; trauma healing; crisis resolution; family and couples therapy; explorations of spirituality, self-esteem, and sexuality; fatherhood and parenting; process addiction; anger management, and more.
(520) 636-5813 View (520) 636-5813
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Karen J McCrary
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85701
•Couples Counseling •Specialization in Gottman Method and Sex Therapy.
I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT 123208. I worked as a teacher and decided to go back to school and continue my education, to enable me to work with families, couples and individuals in a therapeutic setting. My focus is family, marriage and couples counseling. I have experience working with families that have unconventional lifestyles. In addition, I have experience working with couples, teens, groups and children. I have worked with the school district as a mental health counselor, as well as conducted group therapy in all settings. I am certified for Bariatric Surgery Psychological Assessments.
•Couples Counseling •Specialization in Gottman Method and Sex Therapy.
I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT 123208. I worked as a teacher and decided to go back to school and continue my education, to enable me to work with families, couples and individuals in a therapeutic setting. My focus is family, marriage and couples counseling. I have experience working with families that have unconventional lifestyles. In addition, I have experience working with couples, teens, groups and children. I have worked with the school district as a mental health counselor, as well as conducted group therapy in all settings. I am certified for Bariatric Surgery Psychological Assessments.
(925) 326-6748 View (925) 326-6748
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Thomas Macewicz
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, CRC, LPC
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85711
I work with a variety of clients who experience a variety of concerns related to unhealthy or poor coping skills, life transitions, and finding personal meaning.Whether the concern feels minute or overwhelming, I believe that most concerns can be addressed, reversed, or reduced by changing the way that one thinks about the situation and implementing new strategies of problem solving. If a client is willing to change, and persistent in their efforts towards changing, they can make their goals a reality.
I work with a variety of clients who experience a variety of concerns related to unhealthy or poor coping skills, life transitions, and finding personal meaning.Whether the concern feels minute or overwhelming, I believe that most concerns can be addressed, reversed, or reduced by changing the way that one thinks about the situation and implementing new strategies of problem solving. If a client is willing to change, and persistent in their efforts towards changing, they can make their goals a reality.
(520) 357-9052 View (520) 357-9052

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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.