Sex Therapists in Washington, DC

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Carl Mojta, LMFT, LLC
Marriage & Family Therapist, CAC-I, CST-S, IFS
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20006  (Online Only)
Some of my key areas of expertise and clinical/research interests are: sexuality/sexual health concerns, problematic sexual behavior, substance abuse addiction and recovery, relationship/couples issues, individuals and couples who identify as LGBTQIA+, masculinity and men's mental health, military/veterans mental health and multiculturalism.
Welcome! I am very glad you are here! I offer a person-centered, compassionate, and systemic approach to therapy. I consider working with each client to be a privilege and a collaborative therapeutic experience. If you’re looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you’re just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals and hopes. Internal Family Systems (IFS), an evidence-based model, guides my approach to helping individuals and couples heal by unburdening their protective and wounded parts in a loving and compassionate manner.
Some of my key areas of expertise and clinical/research interests are: sexuality/sexual health concerns, problematic sexual behavior, substance abuse addiction and recovery, relationship/couples issues, individuals and couples who identify as LGBTQIA+, masculinity and men's mental health, military/veterans mental health and multiculturalism.
Welcome! I am very glad you are here! I offer a person-centered, compassionate, and systemic approach to therapy. I consider working with each client to be a privilege and a collaborative therapeutic experience. If you’re looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you’re just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals and hopes. Internal Family Systems (IFS), an evidence-based model, guides my approach to helping individuals and couples heal by unburdening their protective and wounded parts in a loving and compassionate manner.
(202) 803-8623 View (202) 803-8623
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Briana Flesch
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LICSW, LCSW-C, CST
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20006
I am an AASECT certified sex therapist.
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with over 14 years experience working with adults and couples. With a warm but direct approach I encourage a client in their personal growth and development. I utilize a mix of therapies, with a strong basis in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and strengths based theories. I earned my B.A. in psychology and my Master of Social Work at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale. In previous internship and work experiences, I have worked in a variety of different settings including intensive community based programs, inpatient hospitals and outpatient services.
I am an AASECT certified sex therapist.
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with over 14 years experience working with adults and couples. With a warm but direct approach I encourage a client in their personal growth and development. I utilize a mix of therapies, with a strong basis in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and strengths based theories. I earned my B.A. in psychology and my Master of Social Work at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale. In previous internship and work experiences, I have worked in a variety of different settings including intensive community based programs, inpatient hospitals and outpatient services.
(202) 813-0336 View (202) 813-0336
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Peak Couples and Sex Therapy
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdS, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036  (Online Only)
I'm Andrea Battiola, owner and psychotherapist at Peak Couples & Sex Therapy. Sex is an area of life that can both impact and be impacted by everything else in life. Yet we often feel so alone in our sexual lives with very few places and people to turn to for help. We believe that sexual health and relational well-being are at the core of our overall mental health. Our sexual needs, wants, fears and struggles all matter. I want to create the space for others that my younger self deserved to have when she was growing up, trying to understand how sex and relationships impacted her confidence, identity, values, and needs.
I'm Andrea Battiola, owner and psychotherapist at Peak Couples & Sex Therapy. Sex is an area of life that can both impact and be impacted by everything else in life. Yet we often feel so alone in our sexual lives with very few places and people to turn to for help. We believe that sexual health and relational well-being are at the core of our overall mental health. Our sexual needs, wants, fears and struggles all matter. I want to create the space for others that my younger self deserved to have when she was growing up, trying to understand how sex and relationships impacted her confidence, identity, values, and needs.
(202) 949-3779 View (202) 949-3779
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Susan Segal
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and work with adults in individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and sex therapy for 30 plus years. My patients are single, married, divorced, remarried, straight, gay, queer and range from young adult to older adults.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and work with adults in individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and sex therapy for 30 plus years. My patients are single, married, divorced, remarried, straight, gay, queer and range from young adult to older adults.
(202) 800-1427 View (202) 800-1427
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Lori Shapiro
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, lCISWC, AASECT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009
HeartWerq Lori Shapiro, LICSW Senior Clinician Clinical Social Worker, Certified Sex Therapist, Marriage and Couples Therapist (She/Her) Lori Shapiro is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Supervisor with more than 20 years of experience. Her practice focuses on working with individuals, couples, and families on a variety of issues, including couples counseling, sex therapy, relationship difficulties, sexual and gender identity support, as well as unique individual challenges. Lori has received degrees from Florida Atlantic University and Barry University (Master’s in Social Work) and also has a certification in sex therapy f
HeartWerq Lori Shapiro, LICSW Senior Clinician Clinical Social Worker, Certified Sex Therapist, Marriage and Couples Therapist (She/Her) Lori Shapiro is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Supervisor with more than 20 years of experience. Her practice focuses on working with individuals, couples, and families on a variety of issues, including couples counseling, sex therapy, relationship difficulties, sexual and gender identity support, as well as unique individual challenges. Lori has received degrees from Florida Atlantic University and Barry University (Master’s in Social Work) and also has a certification in sex therapy f
(240) 669-2573 View (240) 669-2573
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Camille Espinoza
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LICSW, MSPH
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20006
Get qualified help for your relationship from a couple's therapy specialist and AASECT certified sex therapist. You'll receive hands-on support to work through your conflicts about identity, money, intimacy, children, family, career, emotions, or major life decisions. No matter where you are in your relationship, therapy can help you connect, repair and grow. Using a combination of effective therapy models and the latest research, we will work together to achieve your relationship goals by practicing new skills in session. We can also address any concerns you have about sex and intimacy.
Get qualified help for your relationship from a couple's therapy specialist and AASECT certified sex therapist. You'll receive hands-on support to work through your conflicts about identity, money, intimacy, children, family, career, emotions, or major life decisions. No matter where you are in your relationship, therapy can help you connect, repair and grow. Using a combination of effective therapy models and the latest research, we will work together to achieve your relationship goals by practicing new skills in session. We can also address any concerns you have about sex and intimacy.
(202) 951-8531 View (202) 951-8531
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A Therapeutic Alliance
LICSW, LCSW, LMSW, CST, LGSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20006
Discussion topics include: Behavioral challenges at each developmental stage of growth; Handling transitions; How to talk to your straight or LGBTQ teen; and Talking about sex in an honest and responsible way, beyond abstinence.
Using a client-centered approach, our Clinicians help Clients understand and work through problems of everyday living, including relationship issues, work-life balance and self care issues, the impact of traumatic experiences past and present, and issues which affect day-to-day living. Connecting the dots of your inner experience and your outward struggles can be a powerful motivator for change. Together, we keep close track of your goals for therapy and your satisfaction with the results.
Discussion topics include: Behavioral challenges at each developmental stage of growth; Handling transitions; How to talk to your straight or LGBTQ teen; and Talking about sex in an honest and responsible way, beyond abstinence.
Using a client-centered approach, our Clinicians help Clients understand and work through problems of everyday living, including relationship issues, work-life balance and self care issues, the impact of traumatic experiences past and present, and issues which affect day-to-day living. Connecting the dots of your inner experience and your outward struggles can be a powerful motivator for change. Together, we keep close track of your goals for therapy and your satisfaction with the results.
(571) 882-9743 View (571) 882-9743
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Capital Center for Psychotherapy and Wellness
Psychologist, PsyD, Sex, Therapi
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009
I am the owner and CEO of the Capital Center for Psychotherapy and Wellness (CCPW). We provide individual, group, couples, family therapy, psychological testing, psychiatry, dietitians, acupuncture, personal training, massage therapy, and teaching. Our approach to care is client centered. We help to figure out your unique individual needs and tailor treatment to you. I am a clinical psychologist, certified sex therapist, and completing a PhD in Sexology. I specialize in working with all things sex related, LGBTQ+, social justice, mood disorders, eating concerns, body image, relationships, couples counseling, and group therapy.
I am the owner and CEO of the Capital Center for Psychotherapy and Wellness (CCPW). We provide individual, group, couples, family therapy, psychological testing, psychiatry, dietitians, acupuncture, personal training, massage therapy, and teaching. Our approach to care is client centered. We help to figure out your unique individual needs and tailor treatment to you. I am a clinical psychologist, certified sex therapist, and completing a PhD in Sexology. I specialize in working with all things sex related, LGBTQ+, social justice, mood disorders, eating concerns, body image, relationships, couples counseling, and group therapy.
(202) 759-6364 View (202) 759-6364
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Michael A Giordano
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, CST
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009
In a world full of judgment, you need to trust that your therapist is affirming and ready to hear your "deep, dark secrets." With that, you can then talk about what's really going on and address your true concerns. I have experience helping people with all kinds of issues, including relationships, sex and sexuality, addictions, gender identity, physical/emotional/sexual abuse, as well as general questions of self-worth. Together, we will explore any issue that is important to you. We will discuss how past experiences shape what you're currently thinking and feeling.
In a world full of judgment, you need to trust that your therapist is affirming and ready to hear your "deep, dark secrets." With that, you can then talk about what's really going on and address your true concerns. I have experience helping people with all kinds of issues, including relationships, sex and sexuality, addictions, gender identity, physical/emotional/sexual abuse, as well as general questions of self-worth. Together, we will explore any issue that is important to you. We will discuss how past experiences shape what you're currently thinking and feeling.
(202) 559-4269 View (202) 559-4269
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Jasalynne Northcross
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20011
As a sex therapist, I understand the sensitive nature of the topics we explore.
Whether you're grappling with issues related to intimacy, communication, sexual identity, or desire, I am here to provide a safe and non-judgmental space for your exploration and growth. From couples grappling with communication breakdowns to individuals struggling with sexual performance anxiety or concerns about their sexual orientation or gender identity, every situation is unique. The goals of my clients are as diverse as their backgrounds. Still, they all share a common thread: the desire for a more fulfilling, authentic, and healthy relationship with themselves and their partners.
As a sex therapist, I understand the sensitive nature of the topics we explore.
Whether you're grappling with issues related to intimacy, communication, sexual identity, or desire, I am here to provide a safe and non-judgmental space for your exploration and growth. From couples grappling with communication breakdowns to individuals struggling with sexual performance anxiety or concerns about their sexual orientation or gender identity, every situation is unique. The goals of my clients are as diverse as their backgrounds. Still, they all share a common thread: the desire for a more fulfilling, authentic, and healthy relationship with themselves and their partners.
(202) 968-3618 View (202) 968-3618
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Morgan Summers-Slaughter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009  (Online Only)
One of my main areas of focus is sex therapy, and I work with individuals and couples to resolve sexual trauma histories and build stronger connections with their partners.
I love to work with clients in the process of working through identity struggles, and dynamics at play that impact a person's ability to be authentic. I'm particularly interested in working with young adults, and those in and around the LGBTQIA+ community. I work to provide an affirming, supportive space for healing and growth for all clients regardless of their age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious background and practices (or lack thereof), or any other factor.
One of my main areas of focus is sex therapy, and I work with individuals and couples to resolve sexual trauma histories and build stronger connections with their partners.
I love to work with clients in the process of working through identity struggles, and dynamics at play that impact a person's ability to be authentic. I'm particularly interested in working with young adults, and those in and around the LGBTQIA+ community. I work to provide an affirming, supportive space for healing and growth for all clients regardless of their age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious background and practices (or lack thereof), or any other factor.
(240) 219-6923 View (240) 219-6923
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The Pincus Center
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, CST
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
The Pincus Center specializes in sex positive therapy for individuals and relationships.
The Pincus Center specializes in working with clients to build a life filled with pleasure and joy. We will help you to find your inner voice, establish your own goals and find a path that works for you. There is no one true way to do therapy or to live your life. We will help you find the tools to ride the waves of emotions that we all experience instead of being pulled under. We can't make everything perfect but we can make it better. We focus on issues around body acceptance, sexual freedom, neurodiversity, shame, low desire, sexual functioning issues and a wide variety of other mental health issues.
The Pincus Center specializes in sex positive therapy for individuals and relationships.
The Pincus Center specializes in working with clients to build a life filled with pleasure and joy. We will help you to find your inner voice, establish your own goals and find a path that works for you. There is no one true way to do therapy or to live your life. We will help you find the tools to ride the waves of emotions that we all experience instead of being pulled under. We can't make everything perfect but we can make it better. We focus on issues around body acceptance, sexual freedom, neurodiversity, shame, low desire, sexual functioning issues and a wide variety of other mental health issues.
(202) 499-2602 View (202) 499-2602
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Jamie Steele
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
Welcome! I primarily work with clients who are struggling with life transitions or relational concerns. This may include leaving a faith tradition, gaining or losing a partner, exploring sexuality, dealing with old "stuff," working through identity 'stuff,' or getting unstuck. I work with clients from traditional to alternative and everything between, regardless of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, race, orientation, spirituality or relational preferences. I am committed to a social justice practice of anti-racist and affirming care. I tend to see many clients who have had negative experiences with therapists in the past.
Welcome! I primarily work with clients who are struggling with life transitions or relational concerns. This may include leaving a faith tradition, gaining or losing a partner, exploring sexuality, dealing with old "stuff," working through identity 'stuff,' or getting unstuck. I work with clients from traditional to alternative and everything between, regardless of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, race, orientation, spirituality or relational preferences. I am committed to a social justice practice of anti-racist and affirming care. I tend to see many clients who have had negative experiences with therapists in the past.
(202) 831-2975 View (202) 831-2975
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Deborah J Fox
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20008
I am also a Certified Sex therapist.
'We used to have such fun together; how can we get that back?" is a question many people have who come to see me. We all need help at one point or another in our lives. Seeking help for relationship struggles, sexual problems, anxiety, panic attacks, feeling depressed or 'stuck', is a great step forward towards feeling better. I've been practicing for 30 years, with expertise in helping people enjoy their relationships and lives again. I see people individually, in couples and in groups.
I am also a Certified Sex therapist.
'We used to have such fun together; how can we get that back?" is a question many people have who come to see me. We all need help at one point or another in our lives. Seeking help for relationship struggles, sexual problems, anxiety, panic attacks, feeling depressed or 'stuck', is a great step forward towards feeling better. I've been practicing for 30 years, with expertise in helping people enjoy their relationships and lives again. I see people individually, in couples and in groups.
(202) 656-7984 View (202) 656-7984
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Elana Hoffman
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20010  (Online Only)
I love working with couples and individuals with difficulty in romantic relationships (i.e. sexual issues, communication, infidelity, divorce), adults who come from dysfunctional childhoods, as well as those with anxiety, impulsivity, and addiction. I also enjoy working with those in non-traditional romantic relationships (i.e. ethically non-monogamous, polyamorous). I am LGBTQIA- affirming and sex positive. I work best with clients who are engaged, thoughtful, and motivated for change. My style is empathic and direct, with a sense of humor. I believe strongly in the therapeutic alliance and the client/therapist fit.
I love working with couples and individuals with difficulty in romantic relationships (i.e. sexual issues, communication, infidelity, divorce), adults who come from dysfunctional childhoods, as well as those with anxiety, impulsivity, and addiction. I also enjoy working with those in non-traditional romantic relationships (i.e. ethically non-monogamous, polyamorous). I am LGBTQIA- affirming and sex positive. I work best with clients who are engaged, thoughtful, and motivated for change. My style is empathic and direct, with a sense of humor. I believe strongly in the therapeutic alliance and the client/therapist fit.
(202) 793-8669 View (202) 793-8669
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Infinite Zen Holistic Psychotherapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, ABS, LICSW, LCSW, CCATP, CST
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20003  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing feelings of depression, anxiety, loneliness, issues with intimacy, and sexual desire? I am a sex-positive, non-monogamous, BDSM/KINK, LGBTQIA+ affirming relationship therapist. Let's work together! Perhaps you lack self-compassion, you are self-conscious, or maybe you're unsure about the future of your relationship. An important aspect of therapy is examining our inner world, relationships, thoughts and feelings in a safe non-judgmental space. Using an integrative approach, I aim to create a positive therapeutic relationship that promotes healing with compassionate self-exploration. Contact me today!
Are you experiencing feelings of depression, anxiety, loneliness, issues with intimacy, and sexual desire? I am a sex-positive, non-monogamous, BDSM/KINK, LGBTQIA+ affirming relationship therapist. Let's work together! Perhaps you lack self-compassion, you are self-conscious, or maybe you're unsure about the future of your relationship. An important aspect of therapy is examining our inner world, relationships, thoughts and feelings in a safe non-judgmental space. Using an integrative approach, I aim to create a positive therapeutic relationship that promotes healing with compassionate self-exploration. Contact me today!
(202) 816-6098 View (202) 816-6098
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Phyllis Kaye
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20006  (Online Only)
My specialities include, but are not limited to; couples therapy, sex therapy, relationship,intimacy and stepparenting issues, anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders.
I have been providing individual and couples therapy for 30 years. I have been told that my style is direct, compassionate and non-judgemental.
My specialities include, but are not limited to; couples therapy, sex therapy, relationship,intimacy and stepparenting issues, anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders.
I have been providing individual and couples therapy for 30 years. I have been told that my style is direct, compassionate and non-judgemental.
(202) 656-8970 View (202) 656-8970
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Michael A Vigorito
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, CGP, CST-S
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
In addition to providing therapy for men concerned about their sexual health, I conduct individual and couple therapy for a variety presenting problems related to sexuality, mental health, substance use and wellness.
How do you know if your sexual behavior is out of control? It's a subjective question that many men unfortunately wait until relationship, occupational or medical consequences accumulate before considering. I believe the most important person to evaluate concerns with regulating sexual behavior is the man experiencing the dilemma. I start with two basic questions: "What is your conflict with your sexual behavior?" and "What is your vision for your sexual health?" Since 2001, I have provided a safe, informed and confidential space for sexual health conversations with heterosexual, gay and bisexual men.
In addition to providing therapy for men concerned about their sexual health, I conduct individual and couple therapy for a variety presenting problems related to sexuality, mental health, substance use and wellness.
How do you know if your sexual behavior is out of control? It's a subjective question that many men unfortunately wait until relationship, occupational or medical consequences accumulate before considering. I believe the most important person to evaluate concerns with regulating sexual behavior is the man experiencing the dilemma. I start with two basic questions: "What is your conflict with your sexual behavior?" and "What is your vision for your sexual health?" Since 2001, I have provided a safe, informed and confidential space for sexual health conversations with heterosexual, gay and bisexual men.
(202) 949-7872 View (202) 949-7872
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Lenore M. Pomerance
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, CGP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009
I specialize in, but am not limited to, mid-life issues for men and women including sexuality, empty nest, health, and lifestyle.
We come to therapy to change our lives which can only be done by changing ourselves. I believe the most effective changes occur when we can experience and examine our behavior in relation to others. In individual therapy you and I will not only identify and try to understnad how your life experiences have shaped your behavior, but how you and I experience that behavior in our relationship. When I work with couples, I focus on your dynamics of intimacy, power imbalances, money, sexuality, and the impact of family and friends on your couple.
I specialize in, but am not limited to, mid-life issues for men and women including sexuality, empty nest, health, and lifestyle.
We come to therapy to change our lives which can only be done by changing ourselves. I believe the most effective changes occur when we can experience and examine our behavior in relation to others. In individual therapy you and I will not only identify and try to understnad how your life experiences have shaped your behavior, but how you and I experience that behavior in our relationship. When I work with couples, I focus on your dynamics of intimacy, power imbalances, money, sexuality, and the impact of family and friends on your couple.
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Jennifer Keilholtz
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCPC, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
At Peak Couples + Sex Therapy, we are focused on creating a working environment and relationship that allows you to thrive and be your most authentic self.
My mission is to create a space of acceptance for individuals and partners to find true, honest connection to themselves and within their intimate relationships. I am passionate about helping clients from all backgrounds work through barriers in order to create the relationships and life they desire. Through targeted conversations, skill building, and at home exercises we will work to help you build on the strengths you already have. I offer acceptance and a straightforward, empathetic approach to psychotherapy with my clients.
At Peak Couples + Sex Therapy, we are focused on creating a working environment and relationship that allows you to thrive and be your most authentic self.
My mission is to create a space of acceptance for individuals and partners to find true, honest connection to themselves and within their intimate relationships. I am passionate about helping clients from all backgrounds work through barriers in order to create the relationships and life they desire. Through targeted conversations, skill building, and at home exercises we will work to help you build on the strengths you already have. I offer acceptance and a straightforward, empathetic approach to psychotherapy with my clients.
(202) 240-2561 View (202) 240-2561
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.