Sex Therapists in Baltimore, MD

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Andi Grushka
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSS, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21211
I work specifically with adults struggling with sex-related issues. These include, but are not limited to: intimacy issues in relationships; lack of sexual education in young adulthood; infidelity; sexual dysfunction; couples in ethical non-monogamous relationships looking for guidance with communication or other relationships; and individuals who are in the kink, BDSM, or sex-work communities and would like informed therapeutic care.
I work specifically with adults struggling with sex-related issues. These include, but are not limited to: intimacy issues in relationships; lack of sexual education in young adulthood; infidelity; sexual dysfunction; couples in ethical non-monogamous relationships looking for guidance with communication or other relationships; and individuals who are in the kink, BDSM, or sex-work communities and would like informed therapeutic care.
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Estefanía Simich Muñoz
Counselor, PhD, NCC, LCPC, CST, CST-S
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21231
I hold a PhD in Human Sexuality and I am a Certified Sex Therapist and Supervisor through AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists).
Finding a place we can trust to tell our stories is essential to finding a path to healing, recovery, and transformation. Therefore, it is essential to find someone that can help you reach your potential to transform your life. We all are born with an innate capacity to develop healthy lives. However, sometimes life experiences such as hurts and traumas can interfere with our development and we may become unhappy or unsatisfied with our lives and adopt self-defeating thinking and behavioral patterns.
I hold a PhD in Human Sexuality and I am a Certified Sex Therapist and Supervisor through AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists).
Finding a place we can trust to tell our stories is essential to finding a path to healing, recovery, and transformation. Therefore, it is essential to find someone that can help you reach your potential to transform your life. We all are born with an innate capacity to develop healthy lives. However, sometimes life experiences such as hurts and traumas can interfere with our development and we may become unhappy or unsatisfied with our lives and adopt self-defeating thinking and behavioral patterns.
(443) 305-6344 View (443) 305-6344
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Rachel Keller
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, AASECT, CST
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21225  (Online Only)
As an AASECT-certified sex therapist, an RLT-certified couples therapist, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I bring a wealth of experience and knowledge into the room.
Would you like to feel closer to your partner? Are obstacles, conflict, or past trauma getting in the way of the intimacy and connection that you desire? Would you like to feel more alive and empowered in your relationships? Relationships are challenging, and there are many valid reasons why couples struggle to connect in healthy ways. Whether you are seeking couples or individual therapy, I will walk with you as a fellow traveler, guiding and supporting each step of the way towards greater relational health. For individual therapy, I mainly work with women or nonbinary folks.
As an AASECT-certified sex therapist, an RLT-certified couples therapist, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I bring a wealth of experience and knowledge into the room.
Would you like to feel closer to your partner? Are obstacles, conflict, or past trauma getting in the way of the intimacy and connection that you desire? Would you like to feel more alive and empowered in your relationships? Relationships are challenging, and there are many valid reasons why couples struggle to connect in healthy ways. Whether you are seeking couples or individual therapy, I will walk with you as a fellow traveler, guiding and supporting each step of the way towards greater relational health. For individual therapy, I mainly work with women or nonbinary folks.
(410) 874-4009 View (410) 874-4009
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Romel Santiago
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CST, QS-CSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21230  (Online Only)
Romel is a Certified Sex Therapist, Trauma and EMDR therapist working in areas of depression, anxiety, relationships, parenting, divorce, and cultural/religious trauma.
Romeos Sensation LLC provides Services in Florida and Maryland virtually. Through a structured interview and client engagement, Romel goes beyond the obvious, the presenting issue, to identify the root problem. Based on the outcome of the interview and clinical expertise, he proposes an individualized plan with goals that specifically target the problems with specific objectives and timelines for meeting those objectives. His extensive clinical background, training, and expertise have equipped him with skills critical to building and maintaining an effective and empathic relationship throughout the therapeutic process.
Romel is a Certified Sex Therapist, Trauma and EMDR therapist working in areas of depression, anxiety, relationships, parenting, divorce, and cultural/religious trauma.
Romeos Sensation LLC provides Services in Florida and Maryland virtually. Through a structured interview and client engagement, Romel goes beyond the obvious, the presenting issue, to identify the root problem. Based on the outcome of the interview and clinical expertise, he proposes an individualized plan with goals that specifically target the problems with specific objectives and timelines for meeting those objectives. His extensive clinical background, training, and expertise have equipped him with skills critical to building and maintaining an effective and empathic relationship throughout the therapeutic process.
(240) 226-1612 View (240) 226-1612
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Chris Kraft
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21210
As a psychologist/sexologist and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist on faculty at Johns Hopkins University, I specialize in marital sexual functioning, problematic Internet sexual behaviors, and sexual addiction and compulsivity. I also specialize in intimacy challenges for couples and individuals who are looking to improve their happiness as it is related to their relationships. Common challenges to sexual satisfaction can include internet sexual problems, infidelity, marital conflicts, low sexual desire, erection and/or arousal difficulties, premature ejaculation or orgasm difficulties, and performance and sexual anxiety.
As a psychologist/sexologist and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist on faculty at Johns Hopkins University, I specialize in marital sexual functioning, problematic Internet sexual behaviors, and sexual addiction and compulsivity. I also specialize in intimacy challenges for couples and individuals who are looking to improve their happiness as it is related to their relationships. Common challenges to sexual satisfaction can include internet sexual problems, infidelity, marital conflicts, low sexual desire, erection and/or arousal difficulties, premature ejaculation or orgasm difficulties, and performance and sexual anxiety.
(410) 656-4485 View (410) 656-4485
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Britt Lindon
Psychologist, PhD, Anxiety, Couples, Trauma
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21202
I am a psychoanalyst & sex therapist comfortable working with kinks, non-traditional relationships, and poly people (including couples where one person is gung-ho and the partner is oh-no).
Modern relationships are HARD. It’s a struggle to find the right person OR to wonder if your current partner is possibly the wrong person. It’s tough when you feel burned by or totally confused about your path. Maybe you’ve even made choices or overlooked things you now regret. Or, maybe it’s a relationship with a boss or coworkers who undervalue you or play favorites with others. Your work ethic and good ideas have long taken a backseat to putting out fires or just avoiding things way more than you should. You’re past thinking that life’s fair. But, you never thought that things could go THIS wrong or get under your skin THIS much.
I am a psychoanalyst & sex therapist comfortable working with kinks, non-traditional relationships, and poly people (including couples where one person is gung-ho and the partner is oh-no).
Modern relationships are HARD. It’s a struggle to find the right person OR to wonder if your current partner is possibly the wrong person. It’s tough when you feel burned by or totally confused about your path. Maybe you’ve even made choices or overlooked things you now regret. Or, maybe it’s a relationship with a boss or coworkers who undervalue you or play favorites with others. Your work ethic and good ideas have long taken a backseat to putting out fires or just avoiding things way more than you should. You’re past thinking that life’s fair. But, you never thought that things could go THIS wrong or get under your skin THIS much.
(443) 672-5358 View (443) 672-5358
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Barry A Bass
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21210
Where does sexual intimacy fit into a loving relationship? As a certified AASECT sex therapist I help couples to see that sexual satisfaction is not an optional but rather is an essential component of a long term happy marriage.
Although the desire for romantic intimacy is perfectly natural, long term intimate relationships are rarely naturally perfect. For over 30 years I have dedicated my professional life to helping individuals and couples fine tune their not-always naturally perfect relationships. Although I am a clinical psychologist who continues to treat individuals suffering from the full spectrum of psychological disorders, most of my career has been devoted to working with individuals and couples experiencing marital, relationship, and/or sexual concerns; to assisting couples seeking relief from the trauma of infidelity; and to treating individuals suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder or anger control issues.
Where does sexual intimacy fit into a loving relationship? As a certified AASECT sex therapist I help couples to see that sexual satisfaction is not an optional but rather is an essential component of a long term happy marriage.
Although the desire for romantic intimacy is perfectly natural, long term intimate relationships are rarely naturally perfect. For over 30 years I have dedicated my professional life to helping individuals and couples fine tune their not-always naturally perfect relationships. Although I am a clinical psychologist who continues to treat individuals suffering from the full spectrum of psychological disorders, most of my career has been devoted to working with individuals and couples experiencing marital, relationship, and/or sexual concerns; to assisting couples seeking relief from the trauma of infidelity; and to treating individuals suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder or anger control issues.
(410) 305-9329 View (410) 305-9329
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Chana Simmonds
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21217
I am a certified Couples and Sex Therapist.
My ideal client (individual, couple) wants to move past or resolve issues that cause them to feel disappointed and unhappy. They want to have relationships, including sexual experiences , in which they feel connected, intimate and alive.
I am a certified Couples and Sex Therapist.
My ideal client (individual, couple) wants to move past or resolve issues that cause them to feel disappointed and unhappy. They want to have relationships, including sexual experiences , in which they feel connected, intimate and alive.
(551) 226-5601 View (551) 226-5601
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Katelin Fullerton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21202  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I'm kink- and poly-aware and affirming, and I work with individuals or partners of all identities who seek to heal, understand, and improve their relationship with sex.
I love helping clients to connect with their authentic selves and strengthen their relationships. I work from a framework that explores the ways that early experiences can shape current patterns of relating. My work is also guided by the understanding that many clients' difficulties are impacted by systems of oppression such as racism, transphobia, homophobia, and gender discrimination. Most importantly, this space centers on you and what you're bringing into it; I'm not here to judge, criticize, or fix you, but instead support you in learning about your own internal world.
I'm kink- and poly-aware and affirming, and I work with individuals or partners of all identities who seek to heal, understand, and improve their relationship with sex.
I love helping clients to connect with their authentic selves and strengthen their relationships. I work from a framework that explores the ways that early experiences can shape current patterns of relating. My work is also guided by the understanding that many clients' difficulties are impacted by systems of oppression such as racism, transphobia, homophobia, and gender discrimination. Most importantly, this space centers on you and what you're bringing into it; I'm not here to judge, criticize, or fix you, but instead support you in learning about your own internal world.
(443) 331-9368 View (443) 331-9368
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Nadia Williams LCPC, CST
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC, CST, CSCT
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21224  (Online Only)
I am a Certified Sex Therapist and trained in treating a wide range of mental health issues including anxiety, sexual health issues, mood disorders, relationship problems, and life transitions.
In my practice, I believe in taking a friendly and non-judgmental manner with clients and view therapy as a collaboration. Seeking out a therapist can be a daunting task for anyone and I hope to make clients feel heard and comfortable by personalizing therapy to their needs. I utilize a variety of integrative therapeutic techniques ranging from cognitive behavioral, mindfulness, dialectical behavior therapy, and solution-focused to assist clients facing many difficulties within their lives.
I am a Certified Sex Therapist and trained in treating a wide range of mental health issues including anxiety, sexual health issues, mood disorders, relationship problems, and life transitions.
In my practice, I believe in taking a friendly and non-judgmental manner with clients and view therapy as a collaboration. Seeking out a therapist can be a daunting task for anyone and I hope to make clients feel heard and comfortable by personalizing therapy to their needs. I utilize a variety of integrative therapeutic techniques ranging from cognitive behavioral, mindfulness, dialectical behavior therapy, and solution-focused to assist clients facing many difficulties within their lives.
(443) 483-4192 View (443) 483-4192
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Susan Stork
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC, LPCC, LPCMH, CST
Verified Verified
17 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21201
In the intricate web of modern existence, where complexity thrives and our social circles contract, the vitality of our relationships, partnerships, and unions is elevated to unprecedented significance. As a practitioner deeply immersed in contemporary Jungian insights and inspired by the relational wisdom of Ester Perel, I serve as a guide—a Licensed Psychotherapist and Certified Sex Therapist—committed to navigating individuals, couples, and families toward the realization of profound and nourishing connections.
In the intricate web of modern existence, where complexity thrives and our social circles contract, the vitality of our relationships, partnerships, and unions is elevated to unprecedented significance. As a practitioner deeply immersed in contemporary Jungian insights and inspired by the relational wisdom of Ester Perel, I serve as a guide—a Licensed Psychotherapist and Certified Sex Therapist—committed to navigating individuals, couples, and families toward the realization of profound and nourishing connections.
(443) 355-4740 View (443) 355-4740
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Brittany Trexler
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC, LPC
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21201
As an eclectic sex therapist for couples, non-monogamous groups, and individuals, there are many approaches that may come up throughout the therapeutic journey.
I have Immediate availability for Couples, Polycules, & Individuals In-Person and Telehealth Mon & Thurs (In Person): 12pm - 8:30pm Tues & Wed (Telehealth): 12pm - 8:30pm
As an eclectic sex therapist for couples, non-monogamous groups, and individuals, there are many approaches that may come up throughout the therapeutic journey.
I have Immediate availability for Couples, Polycules, & Individuals In-Person and Telehealth Mon & Thurs (In Person): 12pm - 8:30pm Tues & Wed (Telehealth): 12pm - 8:30pm
(443) 892-7129 View (443) 892-7129
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Embrace Therapy - Michali Friedman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21208  (Online Only)
Our specialties in relationships & sexuality enable us to guide you in not just figuring out what was going wrong before, but also helping you identify what is right & fulfilling for you.
To our Dear Future Client, If you're reading this, chances are you may have noticed that something does not feel right in your relationship. Perhaps you have known this for quite some time or maybe you have only now come to realize an important truth - that this is not how you want to feel, not where you want to be, & it's time for change. Change can be really scary and overwhelming, maybe even foreign. Of course, evolution doesn't happen overnight, so naturally you may ask how & when does it happen? Good questions!
Our specialties in relationships & sexuality enable us to guide you in not just figuring out what was going wrong before, but also helping you identify what is right & fulfilling for you.
To our Dear Future Client, If you're reading this, chances are you may have noticed that something does not feel right in your relationship. Perhaps you have known this for quite some time or maybe you have only now come to realize an important truth - that this is not how you want to feel, not where you want to be, & it's time for change. Change can be really scary and overwhelming, maybe even foreign. Of course, evolution doesn't happen overnight, so naturally you may ask how & when does it happen? Good questions!
(646) 663-5368 View (646) 663-5368
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Naquita Gross
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, CTP, CGP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21223  (Online Only)
My ideal client is an everyday person that knows life is hard. My clients are people who are hoping to alleviate some of the burdens life has handed them and feel joy again. My goal is to help you awaken to a softer side of life. I work with people to overcome depression, anxiety, mood disorders, grief, trauma, sexuality and identity issues, and social injustice.
My ideal client is an everyday person that knows life is hard. My clients are people who are hoping to alleviate some of the burdens life has handed them and feel joy again. My goal is to help you awaken to a softer side of life. I work with people to overcome depression, anxiety, mood disorders, grief, trauma, sexuality and identity issues, and social injustice.
(410) 724-1135 View (410) 724-1135
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Mark Goldberg
Marriage & Family Therapist, LCMFT, CST
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21211
Are you in a relationship but feel alone? Are you having problems with sex or intimacy? I help individuals and couples address relationship conflict and create meaningful and lasting connection. Are you dealing with separation or divorce and looking for help co-parenting? I also specialize in helping couples overcome challenges related to divorce, remarriage, and co-parenting.
Are you in a relationship but feel alone? Are you having problems with sex or intimacy? I help individuals and couples address relationship conflict and create meaningful and lasting connection. Are you dealing with separation or divorce and looking for help co-parenting? I also specialize in helping couples overcome challenges related to divorce, remarriage, and co-parenting.
(443) 671-1146 View (443) 671-1146
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Christina Law
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, BCST, TCT
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21218  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
As a Clinical Social Worker, Board Certified Sex Therapist, and Certified Transgender Care Therapist, I specialize in transgender care and sexual issues. I work with the LGBTQ community, as well as, heterosexual clients; focusing on gender identity issues, sex addiction, and women's issues. I provide individual and family therapy to promote healing and life enrichment, as well as, evaluation for readiness for transgender related surgeries.
As a Clinical Social Worker, Board Certified Sex Therapist, and Certified Transgender Care Therapist, I specialize in transgender care and sexual issues. I work with the LGBTQ community, as well as, heterosexual clients; focusing on gender identity issues, sex addiction, and women's issues. I provide individual and family therapy to promote healing and life enrichment, as well as, evaluation for readiness for transgender related surgeries.
(410) 782-3885 View (410) 782-3885
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Jack Pinder
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21202
Jack works with adults, adolescents, and couples across the spectrums of gender and sexuality, regardless of whether these facets of the client’s identity are what brings the client to therapy.
Jack is a trans male, queer, white therapist who practices from a relational and liberatory framework. He is committed to cultivating a therapeutic space in which clients are simultaneously affirmed as experts of their own experience, and challenged to make fresh meanings of the past and imagine new paths for the future.
Jack works with adults, adolescents, and couples across the spectrums of gender and sexuality, regardless of whether these facets of the client’s identity are what brings the client to therapy.
Jack is a trans male, queer, white therapist who practices from a relational and liberatory framework. He is committed to cultivating a therapeutic space in which clients are simultaneously affirmed as experts of their own experience, and challenged to make fresh meanings of the past and imagine new paths for the future.
(301) 360-4349 View (301) 360-4349
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Francesca Richardson, PhD, LCSW-C
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, MSW, LCSW-C, ACHt
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21209  (Online Only)
Are past traumas causing anxiety, depression, grief, or flashbacks? Would you like to get to the source of your problems and make yourself whole? Is deeper meaning and connection in relationships important to you? Would you like to tap into your inner wisdom? I have over 35 years of experience as a therapist. I am certified in EMDR, Accelerated Resolution Therapy and Hypnotherapy, Inner Child and Partswork, offer Trim-Life Hypnosis for emotional eating, and I am trained in sex therapy. Give me a call and we can talk about what would be helpful for you.
Are past traumas causing anxiety, depression, grief, or flashbacks? Would you like to get to the source of your problems and make yourself whole? Is deeper meaning and connection in relationships important to you? Would you like to tap into your inner wisdom? I have over 35 years of experience as a therapist. I am certified in EMDR, Accelerated Resolution Therapy and Hypnotherapy, Inner Child and Partswork, offer Trim-Life Hypnosis for emotional eating, and I am trained in sex therapy. Give me a call and we can talk about what would be helpful for you.
(443) 960-7025 View (443) 960-7025
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Dr. Britt Lindon: Individual And Couples Counselor
Psychologist, PhD, Anxiety, Couples, Trauma
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21202
I am a psychoanalyst & sex therapist comfortable working with kinks, non-traditional relationships, and poly people (including couples where one person is gung-ho and the partner is oh-no).
Modern relationships are HARD. It’s a struggle to find the right person OR to wonder if your current partner is possibly the wrong person. It’s tough when you feel burned by or totally confused about your path. Maybe you’ve even made choices or overlooked things you now regret. Or, maybe it’s a relationship with a boss or coworkers who undervalue you or play favorites with others. Your work ethic and good ideas have long taken a backseat to putting out fires or just avoiding things way more than you should. You’re past thinking that life’s fair. But, you never thought that things could go THIS wrong or get under your skin THIS much.
I am a psychoanalyst & sex therapist comfortable working with kinks, non-traditional relationships, and poly people (including couples where one person is gung-ho and the partner is oh-no).
Modern relationships are HARD. It’s a struggle to find the right person OR to wonder if your current partner is possibly the wrong person. It’s tough when you feel burned by or totally confused about your path. Maybe you’ve even made choices or overlooked things you now regret. Or, maybe it’s a relationship with a boss or coworkers who undervalue you or play favorites with others. Your work ethic and good ideas have long taken a backseat to putting out fires or just avoiding things way more than you should. You’re past thinking that life’s fair. But, you never thought that things could go THIS wrong or get under your skin THIS much.
(202) 915-1388 View (202) 915-1388
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Safe Space Counseling Services
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21236  (Online Only)
We also work with individuals who struggle in their romantic relationships with their partner including having erotic sex, communication, rebuilding trust, and the stress of starting a family.
Have you been feeling stuck and unhappy a lot? Because you don't feel the passion or eagerness to change? You might come up with goals for life but wonder where and how to start. You feel depressed, frustrated, or lack the motivation to begin your day or complete tasks that you hoped for. It can be symptoms of ADHD that are impacting your plans for the day or even your life goals. Have you been easily distracted, can't organize things, can't stay seated and doesn't seem to remember or pay attention to other peoples' conversation? Dealing with ADHD can be challenging and not everyone wants to take medication but w’ll try other ways
We also work with individuals who struggle in their romantic relationships with their partner including having erotic sex, communication, rebuilding trust, and the stress of starting a family.
Have you been feeling stuck and unhappy a lot? Because you don't feel the passion or eagerness to change? You might come up with goals for life but wonder where and how to start. You feel depressed, frustrated, or lack the motivation to begin your day or complete tasks that you hoped for. It can be symptoms of ADHD that are impacting your plans for the day or even your life goals. Have you been easily distracted, can't organize things, can't stay seated and doesn't seem to remember or pay attention to other peoples' conversation? Dealing with ADHD can be challenging and not everyone wants to take medication but w’ll try other ways
(410) 469-1180 View (410) 469-1180
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.