Sex Therapists in Los Angeles, CA

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Photo of Dr. Anadel Barbour, Sex, Addiction and Trauma, Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Anadel Barbour, Sex, Addiction and Trauma
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90004
I am a Trauma Healing Therapist helping clients to heal shame, fear, and confusion around sex intimacy, daily struggles!.
We have the power to heal ourselves. We need guidance to learn how to do that! If you are stalled in your hopes, if your life feels drained of its essence, and if your state of being continues to spiral downward, your being becomes filled with anxiety, depression and despair. My goal is to empower clients to recognize their blocks, gain pwer to change them and change the course of their lives.
I am a Trauma Healing Therapist helping clients to heal shame, fear, and confusion around sex intimacy, daily struggles!.
We have the power to heal ourselves. We need guidance to learn how to do that! If you are stalled in your hopes, if your life feels drained of its essence, and if your state of being continues to spiral downward, your being becomes filled with anxiety, depression and despair. My goal is to empower clients to recognize their blocks, gain pwer to change them and change the course of their lives.
(323) 894-9729 View (323) 894-9729
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Shereen Hariri
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT, CST
Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Additionally, I specialize in sex therapy and can help you work through issues of intimacy, relationships, sexuality, libido, desire, compulsivity, performance, shame, identity, gender transitions, kink/lifestyle, sex education, fertility, and overcoming fears or trauma.
Sometimes things are too big for you to handle alone. Whatever it is that brings you to my door, whatever your lifestyle, your challenges, or your hurts, I'm here to help you change what isn't working. Let's get you to the healthiest, most empowered version of your true self, both individually and in your relationships with others. I welcome individuals and couples, adults and teens, and have an open, collaborative, holistic, proactive style. I can help with anxiety, depression, trauma, loss, self-esteem, spirituality, career planning, and creative/life coaching.
Additionally, I specialize in sex therapy and can help you work through issues of intimacy, relationships, sexuality, libido, desire, compulsivity, performance, shame, identity, gender transitions, kink/lifestyle, sex education, fertility, and overcoming fears or trauma.
Sometimes things are too big for you to handle alone. Whatever it is that brings you to my door, whatever your lifestyle, your challenges, or your hurts, I'm here to help you change what isn't working. Let's get you to the healthiest, most empowered version of your true self, both individually and in your relationships with others. I welcome individuals and couples, adults and teens, and have an open, collaborative, holistic, proactive style. I can help with anxiety, depression, trauma, loss, self-esteem, spirituality, career planning, and creative/life coaching.
(424) 222-9981 View (424) 222-9981
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Allison Weiss
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90066  (Online Only)
I specialize in sexuality and have successfully worked with clients to help them heal from betrayal trauma, erectile struggles, acting out with porn, love addiction, exploration of sexual identity, and compulsive sexual behavior. I provide support and interventions that create healthy coping skills. I work with clients that are struggling from anxiety, depression, and trauma. My goal is to support individuals, couples, and families to heal from their past and create a life that is in alignment with their current goals and values.
I specialize in sexuality and have successfully worked with clients to help them heal from betrayal trauma, erectile struggles, acting out with porn, love addiction, exploration of sexual identity, and compulsive sexual behavior. I provide support and interventions that create healthy coping skills. I work with clients that are struggling from anxiety, depression, and trauma. My goal is to support individuals, couples, and families to heal from their past and create a life that is in alignment with their current goals and values.
(818) 369-3094 View (818) 369-3094
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Greta Hassel Grace
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, MA, MDiv
Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90066
She designed “Love, God & Sex” for women recovering from sexual shame and guilt.
GRETA is passionate about reaching couples needing to de-escalate conflict, deepen safety and transparency, and strengthen sexual compatibility and connection. She approaches presenting symptoms - anxiety, depression, or addictions - previously deemed problems, as messengers with keys for healing to reveal our buried treasure within. "Where you stumble, therein lies your treasure" is the north star that guides her work to reveal the LOVE that truly lives within. With singles, as a Certified Coach of Katherine Woodward Thomas' program, "Calling in the One", she offers a 6 week course in cultivating Your Attractor Factor.
She designed “Love, God & Sex” for women recovering from sexual shame and guilt.
GRETA is passionate about reaching couples needing to de-escalate conflict, deepen safety and transparency, and strengthen sexual compatibility and connection. She approaches presenting symptoms - anxiety, depression, or addictions - previously deemed problems, as messengers with keys for healing to reveal our buried treasure within. "Where you stumble, therein lies your treasure" is the north star that guides her work to reveal the LOVE that truly lives within. With singles, as a Certified Coach of Katherine Woodward Thomas' program, "Calling in the One", she offers a 6 week course in cultivating Your Attractor Factor.
(424) 570-2238 View (424) 570-2238
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Jesse Carmen-Hay
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Waitlist for new clients
I am so glad that you made it here - my name is Jesse Carmen-Hay, and I am a LCSW in the state of California. I work with those who are struggling with eating disorders and body image concerns, anxiety, depression, life transitions, codependency, interpersonal issues, mood disorders, and more. I have extensive experience working with the LGBTQ+ community. I also offer couples and sex therapy services if that is something you are looking for. I use an individualized approach as no two people are the same and I seek to meet my clients where they are at.
I am so glad that you made it here - my name is Jesse Carmen-Hay, and I am a LCSW in the state of California. I work with those who are struggling with eating disorders and body image concerns, anxiety, depression, life transitions, codependency, interpersonal issues, mood disorders, and more. I have extensive experience working with the LGBTQ+ community. I also offer couples and sex therapy services if that is something you are looking for. I use an individualized approach as no two people are the same and I seek to meet my clients where they are at.
(424) 233-1405 View (424) 233-1405
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Shannon Hanrahan
Psychologist, PsyD, PhD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Accepting new clients with the hope of turning this unusual time in history into a positive step in yours. In addition to my psychology credentials I also have a Ph.D. in sexology and a second masters in Psychopharmacology. While I don't believe that this is what sets me apart I do believe it is a strong foundation for my diverse client population. I work with addiction, alcohol monitoring, all sex related and mood issues, either chronic or secondary to life changes. I can see clients from anywhere in California or New Mexico via telehealth or anyone near my 3 offices once quarantine is lifted. (WLA/Fullerton/Newhall).
Accepting new clients with the hope of turning this unusual time in history into a positive step in yours. In addition to my psychology credentials I also have a Ph.D. in sexology and a second masters in Psychopharmacology. While I don't believe that this is what sets me apart I do believe it is a strong foundation for my diverse client population. I work with addiction, alcohol monitoring, all sex related and mood issues, either chronic or secondary to life changes. I can see clients from anywhere in California or New Mexico via telehealth or anyone near my 3 offices once quarantine is lifted. (WLA/Fullerton/Newhall).
(949) 390-9669 View (949) 390-9669
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Maxine M. Hughes
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, CST-C
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Is it difficult to trust others or your partner? Do you find yourself avoiding people or lacking energy to do the things you enjoy? Would you like a better relationship with yourself and others? I am cisgender LGBTQ affirmative therapist, my goal is to provide a sex positive environment for you to be authentically who you are, without judgment. During short term treatment I will provide you with tools to find practical solutions to your challenges.
Is it difficult to trust others or your partner? Do you find yourself avoiding people or lacking energy to do the things you enjoy? Would you like a better relationship with yourself and others? I am cisgender LGBTQ affirmative therapist, my goal is to provide a sex positive environment for you to be authentically who you are, without judgment. During short term treatment I will provide you with tools to find practical solutions to your challenges.
(951) 692-4360 View (951) 692-4360
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Sandy Rose
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Looking to improve your relationships or sex life? You can deepen, strengthen, and reinvigorate your partnerships, friendships, and self-esteem by noticing what is preventing you from having the relationships that you want. Is it fear of rejection? Lack of communication? Emotional disconnect? Could be any combo of those. I am passionate about helping clients move beyond their mental blocks and behavioral patterns - in the areas of relationships, emotions, sexual dysfunction, and communication. I want to help you rediscover your innate desire for connection and authentic expression, in search of greater relational fulfillment.
Looking to improve your relationships or sex life? You can deepen, strengthen, and reinvigorate your partnerships, friendships, and self-esteem by noticing what is preventing you from having the relationships that you want. Is it fear of rejection? Lack of communication? Emotional disconnect? Could be any combo of those. I am passionate about helping clients move beyond their mental blocks and behavioral patterns - in the areas of relationships, emotions, sexual dysfunction, and communication. I want to help you rediscover your innate desire for connection and authentic expression, in search of greater relational fulfillment.
(310) 868-0043 View (310) 868-0043
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Christina McDowell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LSCSW, CST
Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90026  (Online Only)
I am a nationally certified sex therapist.
Therapy is a collaboration where we discover creative solutions to your problems, find strong clarity, and discover your truth and powerful, inner voice. I believe in the resiliency of the human spirit and the ability we all have to rise above adversity and intentionally craft our lives. My approach is eclectic and I use solution-focused, evidence-based methods in addition to traditional modalities such as mindfulness and mind/body techniques. Therapy isn't about finding out what is "wrong" with you. At the heart of it, it is about learning, understanding, and discovering the beauty and courage that has been inside all along.
I am a nationally certified sex therapist.
Therapy is a collaboration where we discover creative solutions to your problems, find strong clarity, and discover your truth and powerful, inner voice. I believe in the resiliency of the human spirit and the ability we all have to rise above adversity and intentionally craft our lives. My approach is eclectic and I use solution-focused, evidence-based methods in addition to traditional modalities such as mindfulness and mind/body techniques. Therapy isn't about finding out what is "wrong" with you. At the heart of it, it is about learning, understanding, and discovering the beauty and courage that has been inside all along.
(816) 209-1305 View (816) 209-1305
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Gretchen Mattox
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CSAT, CMAT
Verified
5 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90066  (Online Only)
As the Clinical Director of a group practice and sex therapist, I want my patients to feel safe; trust opens the door to healing. I have successfully treated: infidelity, sexual abuse, pelvic pain, sexual compulsions, and erectile struggles. As Rumi said, "The wound is the place the Light enters you." Stress and unfinished emotional work can make us feel stuck or lead to destructive relationship patterns, and sexual acting out. My office is a shame free zone where we can unpack together a course best suited for your individual healing. Sex is a complex as each of us are as individuals. Shame can be in your past; a new life awaits!
As the Clinical Director of a group practice and sex therapist, I want my patients to feel safe; trust opens the door to healing. I have successfully treated: infidelity, sexual abuse, pelvic pain, sexual compulsions, and erectile struggles. As Rumi said, "The wound is the place the Light enters you." Stress and unfinished emotional work can make us feel stuck or lead to destructive relationship patterns, and sexual acting out. My office is a shame free zone where we can unpack together a course best suited for your individual healing. Sex is a complex as each of us are as individuals. Shame can be in your past; a new life awaits!
(310) 773-4247 View (310) 773-4247
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Hana Esfandiari
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS , LMFT, CSAT
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Sex/porn addiction and sexually acting out are often fueled by secrets and isolation.
"Life is not what it's supposed to be. It's what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference." I am a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist specializing in relationship and intimacy issues, sex therapy, infidelity, betrayal trauma and sex and porn addiction . I work collaboratively with my clients to facilitate recognition of their strengths so they can actualize self-growth, meet therapy goals, find peace and develop healthy relationships.
Sex/porn addiction and sexually acting out are often fueled by secrets and isolation.
"Life is not what it's supposed to be. It's what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference." I am a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist specializing in relationship and intimacy issues, sex therapy, infidelity, betrayal trauma and sex and porn addiction . I work collaboratively with my clients to facilitate recognition of their strengths so they can actualize self-growth, meet therapy goals, find peace and develop healthy relationships.
(818) 839-2504 View (818) 839-2504
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Ashley Ramos
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90064  (Online Only)
My clients often seek therapy for intimacy issues, life transitions, minority stress, personal empowerment, and identity exploration (gender, sexuality, consensual non-monogamy).
When was the last time you felt intimately connected in your life? Sometimes stressors in our relationships, careers, personal histories, and more can get in the way. Together we can explore and process the obstacles limiting your ability to let go and enjoy life. We will challenge any anxiety, stress, sadness, guilt, shame, and negative beliefs that disempower us from showing up as our authentic selves. I thrive working with clients who are motivated to feel understood and open to compassionate, direct feedback. My goal for you is to ultimately overcome the barriers needed to connect more deeply with yourself and others again.
My clients often seek therapy for intimacy issues, life transitions, minority stress, personal empowerment, and identity exploration (gender, sexuality, consensual non-monogamy).
When was the last time you felt intimately connected in your life? Sometimes stressors in our relationships, careers, personal histories, and more can get in the way. Together we can explore and process the obstacles limiting your ability to let go and enjoy life. We will challenge any anxiety, stress, sadness, guilt, shame, and negative beliefs that disempower us from showing up as our authentic selves. I thrive working with clients who are motivated to feel understood and open to compassionate, direct feedback. My goal for you is to ultimately overcome the barriers needed to connect more deeply with yourself and others again.
(818) 858-1471 View (818) 858-1471
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Roxanne Sarlak
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90064  (Online Only)
Together, we will explore relationship patterns, expectations and address obstacles such as trust, commitment and sex.
Relationships are one of the most important components of our lives. They bring us happiness and joy but they have their fair share of challenges but sex shouldn't be one of them. When sex issues keep you from maintaining and obtaining healthy relationships than its time to seek support. I specialize in working with couples and individuals who struggle with sexual disorders, infidelity, sex/porn addiction, difficulty with sexual performance and/or arousal.
Together, we will explore relationship patterns, expectations and address obstacles such as trust, commitment and sex.
Relationships are one of the most important components of our lives. They bring us happiness and joy but they have their fair share of challenges but sex shouldn't be one of them. When sex issues keep you from maintaining and obtaining healthy relationships than its time to seek support. I specialize in working with couples and individuals who struggle with sexual disorders, infidelity, sex/porn addiction, difficulty with sexual performance and/or arousal.
(818) 699-9811 View (818) 699-9811
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Sex Addiction Sexual Misbehavior Infidelity Expert
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, SOTS , JSOC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Absolute sex addiction elite level expert, 26 years & 45,000 hours sexual misbehavior specialist psychotherapy provided, faster recovery. Evidence based research oriented treating of Infidelity/Cheating/Affairs, Prostitution Use, "Seeking Arrangements", Sugar Daddy, Sex Apps, Strip Clubs, Massage Parlors, Sex Misconduct, Certified Specialist. I created government funded sexual misbehavior programs, utilizing highly effective clinical models. I use my most up to date understanding to have you change your thinking and learn how to end self destructive actions and love yourself and the great life you have. All I do is these cases.
Absolute sex addiction elite level expert, 26 years & 45,000 hours sexual misbehavior specialist psychotherapy provided, faster recovery. Evidence based research oriented treating of Infidelity/Cheating/Affairs, Prostitution Use, "Seeking Arrangements", Sugar Daddy, Sex Apps, Strip Clubs, Massage Parlors, Sex Misconduct, Certified Specialist. I created government funded sexual misbehavior programs, utilizing highly effective clinical models. I use my most up to date understanding to have you change your thinking and learn how to end self destructive actions and love yourself and the great life you have. All I do is these cases.
(213) 319-5604 View (213) 319-5604
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Victoria Maria Gerdts
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ACSW, MPA
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90026  (Online Only)
My modalities include a sex positive approach that is non-judgmental, compassionate, and empathetic.
Welcome! I provide support to individuals, couples, kink, and various polyamorous/ethically non-monogamous relational structures to guide them toward sexual wellness and health with an emphasis on communication, pleasure, and intimacy. I am also an avid advocate for combatting stigma in regard to STI/STDs, providing education on safe disclosures, and anxiety surrounding initial diagnoses. I've worked with folks with disabilities and chronic illness/pain, sex workers, survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, LGBTQIA+, reproductive and perinatal issues, and those struggling with cultural identity and religious trauma.
My modalities include a sex positive approach that is non-judgmental, compassionate, and empathetic.
Welcome! I provide support to individuals, couples, kink, and various polyamorous/ethically non-monogamous relational structures to guide them toward sexual wellness and health with an emphasis on communication, pleasure, and intimacy. I am also an avid advocate for combatting stigma in regard to STI/STDs, providing education on safe disclosures, and anxiety surrounding initial diagnoses. I've worked with folks with disabilities and chronic illness/pain, sex workers, survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, LGBTQIA+, reproductive and perinatal issues, and those struggling with cultural identity and religious trauma.
(818) 918-2496 View (818) 918-2496
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Sarah Cabiness- Individual And Relational Specialist
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, APCC
Verified
9 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Sex is a lifestyle. Identity, relationships, expectations, and social norms can be rough. Navigating intimacy, whether it's emotional or physical, can be a challenge. I have both professional and personal experience in supporting LGBTQIA+, heterosexual, polyamorous, open, and asexual relationships. When working with individuals, I provide a safe space to discuss sexual trauma, gender and identity, kinks, addiction, infidelity, societal judgments, sex work, pleasure, and even the pressure to lose one's virginity. I'm also trained in EMDR therapy to help with healing from complex PTSD and PTSD.
Sex is a lifestyle. Identity, relationships, expectations, and social norms can be rough. Navigating intimacy, whether it's emotional or physical, can be a challenge. I have both professional and personal experience in supporting LGBTQIA+, heterosexual, polyamorous, open, and asexual relationships. When working with individuals, I provide a safe space to discuss sexual trauma, gender and identity, kinks, addiction, infidelity, societal judgments, sex work, pleasure, and even the pressure to lose one's virginity. I'm also trained in EMDR therapy to help with healing from complex PTSD and PTSD.
(213) 583-1199 View (213) 583-1199
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Susanna Carlson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CST
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90024
I am dedicated to providing meaningful VIRTUAL psychotherapy and counseling. As an established and experienced therapist, I treat adults, as well as adolescents, and create a compassionate and judgment-free space for you to explore your most intimate challenges. I am an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist who has first-hand experience with the transformative power of therapy and the meaningful ways it can heal and repair your relationships as well as create lasting intimacy. EMDR Trained.
I am dedicated to providing meaningful VIRTUAL psychotherapy and counseling. As an established and experienced therapist, I treat adults, as well as adolescents, and create a compassionate and judgment-free space for you to explore your most intimate challenges. I am an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist who has first-hand experience with the transformative power of therapy and the meaningful ways it can heal and repair your relationships as well as create lasting intimacy. EMDR Trained.
(310) 620-9785 View (310) 620-9785
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Bobbie Emetu
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, PhD, MPH, MA
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90028  (Online Only)
Bobbie (she, her) is an affirming associate therapist that aims to create a safe and supportive space for clients to explore their concerns and work towards their goals. She values and respects the diversity of sexual and gender identities, as well as the inclusivity of all people. Bobbie has experience in sex therapy; sexual health and functioning; sexual abuse and sexual trauma; LGBTQIA+ affirming therapy; gender affirming therapy; couples therapy; emotionally focused therapy; polyamory, non-monogamy, and non-traditional relationship configurations; in addition to kink and BDSM.
Bobbie (she, her) is an affirming associate therapist that aims to create a safe and supportive space for clients to explore their concerns and work towards their goals. She values and respects the diversity of sexual and gender identities, as well as the inclusivity of all people. Bobbie has experience in sex therapy; sexual health and functioning; sexual abuse and sexual trauma; LGBTQIA+ affirming therapy; gender affirming therapy; couples therapy; emotionally focused therapy; polyamory, non-monogamy, and non-traditional relationship configurations; in addition to kink and BDSM.
(323) 672-4145 View (323) 672-4145
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Filippo M Forni
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025
My approach to individual, couple's, and sex therapy goes beyond the idea of fixing the problem.
My specialty and passion is therapy for intimacy, couples, sexual dysfunctions, and relationship concerns. I work with individuals and couples who have difficulties adapting to the dynamics of an intimate relationship. This can be the result of traumatic experiences, the need for personal exploration, and/or sexual dysfunctions. The clients I typically work with are disappointed with their relationship and/or sex life, they may have experienced betrayal, they might avoid sex because it’s painful, stressful, or anxiety-producing, or want to expand their sex horizons (e.g., Kink, Vanilla, BDSM, etc.).
My approach to individual, couple's, and sex therapy goes beyond the idea of fixing the problem.
My specialty and passion is therapy for intimacy, couples, sexual dysfunctions, and relationship concerns. I work with individuals and couples who have difficulties adapting to the dynamics of an intimate relationship. This can be the result of traumatic experiences, the need for personal exploration, and/or sexual dysfunctions. The clients I typically work with are disappointed with their relationship and/or sex life, they may have experienced betrayal, they might avoid sex because it’s painful, stressful, or anxiety-producing, or want to expand their sex horizons (e.g., Kink, Vanilla, BDSM, etc.).
(424) 353-2349 View (424) 353-2349
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Laura C. Westmoreland
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CST, PA
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90012  (Online Only)
If you have concerns related to your relationships, sexuality, or feelings, we can do great work together!.
My specialty comes down to one thing: the ability to build relationships. I am a firm believer that it is the relationship that you and I build that brings about change, growth, and healing.
If you have concerns related to your relationships, sexuality, or feelings, we can do great work together!.
My specialty comes down to one thing: the ability to build relationships. I am a firm believer that it is the relationship that you and I build that brings about change, growth, and healing.
(213) 732-3396 View (213) 732-3396

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Sex Therapy

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.