Sex Therapists in Columbus, OH

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Rebecca Collins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43214  (Online Only)
I am a certified sex therapist and have completed the Sexual Health Program at the University of Michigan.
I specialize in women's sexual health, relationship issues, anxiety, job related stress, life transitions, and the impacts of trauma, injury, and illness. I view the therapeutic relationship as a collaborative partnership and my goal is to create a supportive environment of trust and acceptance. I practice an insight-oriented and psychodynamic approach, meaning that the past informs the present and can create unconscious patterns of thought and behavior. Once we have awareness of how our experiences impact our lives, healing can begin.
I am a certified sex therapist and have completed the Sexual Health Program at the University of Michigan.
I specialize in women's sexual health, relationship issues, anxiety, job related stress, life transitions, and the impacts of trauma, injury, and illness. I view the therapeutic relationship as a collaborative partnership and my goal is to create a supportive environment of trust and acceptance. I practice an insight-oriented and psychodynamic approach, meaning that the past informs the present and can create unconscious patterns of thought and behavior. Once we have awareness of how our experiences impact our lives, healing can begin.
(614) 808-0225 View (614) 808-0225
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Marjorie Grafton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-S, CST
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43221
I am sex positive, kink positive, and have formal training in sexuality, sexual functioning, and general sexual health.
Therapeutically, I have always been drawn to the way we relate to the body. Your body is your home, but many of us feel disconnected from ourselves due to the pressures and oppression we face in the modern world. I have worked with clients on many of these spots of disconnection ranging from eating disorders to chronic illness to sexuality and pleasure. Using the tenets of Acceptance and Commitment therapy, mindfulness, and sex therapy approaches, I hope to make this space feel a little more like home again.
I am sex positive, kink positive, and have formal training in sexuality, sexual functioning, and general sexual health.
Therapeutically, I have always been drawn to the way we relate to the body. Your body is your home, but many of us feel disconnected from ourselves due to the pressures and oppression we face in the modern world. I have worked with clients on many of these spots of disconnection ranging from eating disorders to chronic illness to sexuality and pleasure. Using the tenets of Acceptance and Commitment therapy, mindfulness, and sex therapy approaches, I hope to make this space feel a little more like home again.
(614) 654-4370 x106 View (614) 654-4370 x106
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Sex Addiction Sexual Misbehavior Absolute Expert
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R, SOTS
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43215
Absolute sexual addiction elite level expert 27 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 most up to date understanding to have you change your thinking and you learn how to end self destructive actions and love yourself and the great life you have. All I do is these cases.
Absolute sexual addiction elite level expert 27 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 most up to date understanding to have you change your thinking and you learn how to end self destructive actions and love yourself and the great life you have. All I do is these cases.
(614) 877-8656 View (614) 877-8656
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Bria Ewing
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MS, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43215
If you’re a human being on this planet, odds are you’ve been through things that have left a lasting negative impact on your mental health. You've also likely experienced feelings of shame when it comes to your sexuality that you never asked for. While you may have been told that you’re broken, that your sexuality is something to be ashamed of, or you’re just "bad" at relationships; my goal is to help you re-write those narratives that hold you back from having the life you want. Whether you're experiencing mental health concerns, sexual related concerns, or you're just feeling "stuck" in life, we can work through it together.
If you’re a human being on this planet, odds are you’ve been through things that have left a lasting negative impact on your mental health. You've also likely experienced feelings of shame when it comes to your sexuality that you never asked for. While you may have been told that you’re broken, that your sexuality is something to be ashamed of, or you’re just "bad" at relationships; my goal is to help you re-write those narratives that hold you back from having the life you want. Whether you're experiencing mental health concerns, sexual related concerns, or you're just feeling "stuck" in life, we can work through it together.
(614) 482-3952 View (614) 482-3952
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Molly M Heit
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-S, LCSW
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43220
Congratulations for taking the first step in thinking about entering therapy. Life can throw many curve balls and can be very challenging to even get through the day. My goal is to provide a non-judgmental, empathetic, trauma informed and sex-positive experience for all my clients as they navigate their own personal, relationship, gender or sexuality related concerns. I will work along with you to new pathways to healing and happiness. Additionally, I am fluent in American Sign Language as 2nd language with significant knowledge in Deaf Culture and can work with individuals/couples who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Congratulations for taking the first step in thinking about entering therapy. Life can throw many curve balls and can be very challenging to even get through the day. My goal is to provide a non-judgmental, empathetic, trauma informed and sex-positive experience for all my clients as they navigate their own personal, relationship, gender or sexuality related concerns. I will work along with you to new pathways to healing and happiness. Additionally, I am fluent in American Sign Language as 2nd language with significant knowledge in Deaf Culture and can work with individuals/couples who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
(380) 777-8359 View (380) 777-8359
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Hannah Bisig
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43221
In addition to working with depression and anxiety, I am passionate in addressing sexuality and grief challenges.
Hi, my name is Hannah Bisig (pronouns: she/her) and I look forward to working with you! I believe you hold the unique ability to overcome life’s challenges, and I’ll work to create a safe and authentic space where we can foster your healing and self-compassion. Our goal will be to achieve a space where you can love yourself and life much more fully.
In addition to working with depression and anxiety, I am passionate in addressing sexuality and grief challenges.
Hi, my name is Hannah Bisig (pronouns: she/her) and I look forward to working with you! I believe you hold the unique ability to overcome life’s challenges, and I’ll work to create a safe and authentic space where we can foster your healing and self-compassion. Our goal will be to achieve a space where you can love yourself and life much more fully.
(614) 665-8709 x103 View (614) 665-8709 x103
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Sara Grace Bates
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43228  (Online Only)
Ms. Sara Bates is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervision Designation trained in Trauma-Informed Care for All, Family Therapy, Perinatal Therapy, Sex-Positive Therapy, Pleasure Education and Intimacy Coaching, Couples Counseling, CBT, DBT, and IFS; treating both adolescents and adult populations.  Her clinical approach is to meet the clients where they are, by building on personal strengths and supporting them through life’s difficult challenges. She provides EAP services as a contractor, for local and federal law enforcement agencies. Reiki Master/Teacher certified, for stress relief practices and coping strategies.
Ms. Sara Bates is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervision Designation trained in Trauma-Informed Care for All, Family Therapy, Perinatal Therapy, Sex-Positive Therapy, Pleasure Education and Intimacy Coaching, Couples Counseling, CBT, DBT, and IFS; treating both adolescents and adult populations.  Her clinical approach is to meet the clients where they are, by building on personal strengths and supporting them through life’s difficult challenges. She provides EAP services as a contractor, for local and federal law enforcement agencies. Reiki Master/Teacher certified, for stress relief practices and coping strategies.
(380) 204-9817 View (380) 204-9817
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Adam Clevenger
Counselor, MA, LPCC-S, CST
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43221
I (he/they) am a mental health counselor, and an AASECT certified sex therapist. I prefer to build genuine relationships with my clients, emphasizing teamwork and encouraging your active participation in the counseling process. I'll welcome your humor and shared laughter while helping you to harness inner strengths, self-compassion, and newly developed skills to overcome the obstacles impacting your personal growth. I will bring a trauma informed lens and anti-oppression values to our work together and will trust you as the 'expert' of your own lived experience to help identify realistic solutions to life's challenges.
I (he/they) am a mental health counselor, and an AASECT certified sex therapist. I prefer to build genuine relationships with my clients, emphasizing teamwork and encouraging your active participation in the counseling process. I'll welcome your humor and shared laughter while helping you to harness inner strengths, self-compassion, and newly developed skills to overcome the obstacles impacting your personal growth. I will bring a trauma informed lens and anti-oppression values to our work together and will trust you as the 'expert' of your own lived experience to help identify realistic solutions to life's challenges.
(614) 618-4658 View (614) 618-4658
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The Empowering Space
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Not Verified Not Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43085
I support a sex-positive and trauma-informed approach to therapy.
I am a Licensed Social Worker. I have earned my Masters of Social Work from Rutgers University and brings more than 6 years of clinical experience and expertise working with queer folks, adolescents, couples, and families. I specialize in the treatment of adolescents and young adults who are struggling to cope with anxiety, mood, trauma, sexual issues, and relationship issues. I also have experience in working with the queer community on an array of issues and concerns.
I support a sex-positive and trauma-informed approach to therapy.
I am a Licensed Social Worker. I have earned my Masters of Social Work from Rutgers University and brings more than 6 years of clinical experience and expertise working with queer folks, adolescents, couples, and families. I specialize in the treatment of adolescents and young adults who are struggling to cope with anxiety, mood, trauma, sexual issues, and relationship issues. I also have experience in working with the queer community on an array of issues and concerns.
(614) 618-4978 View (614) 618-4978
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Jared Smith-Valentine
Counselor, LPCC-S, CST, MSEd
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43206
As a certified sex therapist much of my work involves supporting clients around their sexual and erotic wellness, among other common goals such as addressing: grief/sadness, anxiety/stress, life-event stress/ trauma, executive dysfunction/ADHD, and LGBTQ+ affirmative therapies.
Hey there, I'm Jared. Thank you for taking the time to look at my statement page. If you are looking for a counselor that is empirically-focused, strength-based, directive, and easy to talk to, I might be the kind of counselor you're looking for. My approach to counseling is a scientific-model led, client collaborated, personal relationship focused. We meet, talk about what you want to talk about, and I will be there for positive support, processing, and to teach about symptoms and interventions. Traits of clients that thrive best with me are curiosity, willingness/ desire to grow, and willingness to try new things.
As a certified sex therapist much of my work involves supporting clients around their sexual and erotic wellness, among other common goals such as addressing: grief/sadness, anxiety/stress, life-event stress/ trauma, executive dysfunction/ADHD, and LGBTQ+ affirmative therapies.
Hey there, I'm Jared. Thank you for taking the time to look at my statement page. If you are looking for a counselor that is empirically-focused, strength-based, directive, and easy to talk to, I might be the kind of counselor you're looking for. My approach to counseling is a scientific-model led, client collaborated, personal relationship focused. We meet, talk about what you want to talk about, and I will be there for positive support, processing, and to teach about symptoms and interventions. Traits of clients that thrive best with me are curiosity, willingness/ desire to grow, and willingness to try new things.
(614) 768-6384 View (614) 768-6384
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Paul Courtland Soper
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-S, CST, CCTP
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43201
I am currently taking new telehealth clients for sex therapy, couples therapy and trauma therapy. My ideal client wants to heal. With all the trauma from the past few years, self-work has never been more necessary and normalized. Coming out of a global pandemic, with relationships and sex lives suffering, we all need to be intentional about rebuilding emotional, mental and sexual health. Whether you’re trying to heal from trauma, improve communication and intimacy in your relationship(s), explore polyamory or consensual non monogamy, or explore sexual and/or gender identity, I believe I can help you to achieve your personal goals.
I am currently taking new telehealth clients for sex therapy, couples therapy and trauma therapy. My ideal client wants to heal. With all the trauma from the past few years, self-work has never been more necessary and normalized. Coming out of a global pandemic, with relationships and sex lives suffering, we all need to be intentional about rebuilding emotional, mental and sexual health. Whether you’re trying to heal from trauma, improve communication and intimacy in your relationship(s), explore polyamory or consensual non monogamy, or explore sexual and/or gender identity, I believe I can help you to achieve your personal goals.
(513) 960-3006 View (513) 960-3006
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New Directions Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43215  (Online Only)
I am therapist and a AASECT certified sex therapist with extensive training and experience in a lot of areas.
I love working with all different types of people wanting to change how they respond to life. My ideal clients want to learn how to respond to life, rather than react to life. The last four years have been hard and everyone can benefit from therapy. The couples I work best are seeking help with their sex life. A lot of couples I work with are also seeking help related to Polyamory/ENM and or Kink. I am happy to work with individuals, couples, and different and varying relationship designs and configurations.
I am therapist and a AASECT certified sex therapist with extensive training and experience in a lot of areas.
I love working with all different types of people wanting to change how they respond to life. My ideal clients want to learn how to respond to life, rather than react to life. The last four years have been hard and everyone can benefit from therapy. The couples I work best are seeking help with their sex life. A lot of couples I work with are also seeking help related to Polyamory/ENM and or Kink. I am happy to work with individuals, couples, and different and varying relationship designs and configurations.
(253) 242-6883 View (253) 242-6883
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Stacy Miller, LPCC, LLC
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43212  (Online Only)
My name is Stacy and I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. I have advanced training in sex therapy from The University of Michigan's Sexual Health Certificate Program in Sex Therapy. My true passion is to assist couples and individuals in improving issues related to intimacy, sexuality, pleasure, and communication. I believe that a good sex life can occur within a loving and intimate relationship and these are important factors to living a satisfying life.
My name is Stacy and I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. I have advanced training in sex therapy from The University of Michigan's Sexual Health Certificate Program in Sex Therapy. My true passion is to assist couples and individuals in improving issues related to intimacy, sexuality, pleasure, and communication. I believe that a good sex life can occur within a loving and intimate relationship and these are important factors to living a satisfying life.
(614) 454-6559 View (614) 454-6559
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Sarah R Boesger
Licensed Social Worker, MSW, LSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43085  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I have had the honor to work with people who are poly/ethically non-monogamous, sex workers and involved in the kink/BDSM scene.
Are you on the hunt for a therapist with a rad mullet, a collection of ragtag pets, a cool collection of glasses, and a huge passion for working with the LGBTQIA+ community? Look no further! My name is Sarah R. Boesger, MSW, LSW (she/her), and I would be thrilled to offer my support on your life journey. I am a white, cisgender, aroace, fat, able-bodied, neurotypical solo mother and I have been working within the trans community as an advocate since 1999.
I have had the honor to work with people who are poly/ethically non-monogamous, sex workers and involved in the kink/BDSM scene.
Are you on the hunt for a therapist with a rad mullet, a collection of ragtag pets, a cool collection of glasses, and a huge passion for working with the LGBTQIA+ community? Look no further! My name is Sarah R. Boesger, MSW, LSW (she/her), and I would be thrilled to offer my support on your life journey. I am a white, cisgender, aroace, fat, able-bodied, neurotypical solo mother and I have been working within the trans community as an advocate since 1999.
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Emily Lacy
Counselor, MA, LPCC, LPCA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43085
Waitlist for new clients
Providing education and facts surrounding sex, intimacy, and relationships is so important, especially when it was absent or shrouded in fear, shame, or mystery while growing up. Too many of us have received inaccurate or little information about sex and our bodies. I want to provide a space for you to explore and understand how sex and intimacy fit in with who you are now to promote safety, pleasure, and connection. I am EMDR trained and am in the process of completing my Sex Therapist Certification.
Providing education and facts surrounding sex, intimacy, and relationships is so important, especially when it was absent or shrouded in fear, shame, or mystery while growing up. Too many of us have received inaccurate or little information about sex and our bodies. I want to provide a space for you to explore and understand how sex and intimacy fit in with who you are now to promote safety, pleasure, and connection. I am EMDR trained and am in the process of completing my Sex Therapist Certification.
(513) 995-1317 View (513) 995-1317
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Evans Counseling & Coaching, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MAT, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43201  (Online Only)
I hold a certificate in Career & Academic Advising and am currently seeking certification as a sex therapist and EMDR therapist.
My ideal client is the client that is willing to do the mental and emotional work that a therapeutic relationship requires, regardless of the issue they are bringing. These clients are desirous of change and growth and have some degree of motivation to make achieve them. They want to understand themselves better in order to develop and maintain healthy relationships with themselves and others. They commit their time and energy to themselves and the process and are respectful of my time.
I hold a certificate in Career & Academic Advising and am currently seeking certification as a sex therapist and EMDR therapist.
My ideal client is the client that is willing to do the mental and emotional work that a therapeutic relationship requires, regardless of the issue they are bringing. These clients are desirous of change and growth and have some degree of motivation to make achieve them. They want to understand themselves better in order to develop and maintain healthy relationships with themselves and others. They commit their time and energy to themselves and the process and are respectful of my time.
(216) 238-0069 View (216) 238-0069
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Tiffany Chin
Counselor, MA, LPC, CST
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43215  (Online Only)
PS Wellness provides sex therapy for individuals, couples and diverse relationship systems (ethical non-monogamy - ENM). As an AASECT certified sex therapist, my intention is to be inclusive, purposeful and down to earth in serving clients through a sex positive lens. It is essential to form the therapeutic relationship by embracing one’s unique worldviews, beliefs and values on the path to change. In this approach, my aim is to empower clients by helping them better understand their genuine selves and thus evolving through this understanding. From sexual anxiety to sexual liberation and everything in between, we are here to help.
PS Wellness provides sex therapy for individuals, couples and diverse relationship systems (ethical non-monogamy - ENM). As an AASECT certified sex therapist, my intention is to be inclusive, purposeful and down to earth in serving clients through a sex positive lens. It is essential to form the therapeutic relationship by embracing one’s unique worldviews, beliefs and values on the path to change. In this approach, my aim is to empower clients by helping them better understand their genuine selves and thus evolving through this understanding. From sexual anxiety to sexual liberation and everything in between, we are here to help.
(513) 434-6430 View (513) 434-6430
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Emerson Douglas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43201
Whether you are seeking assistance in managing distress related to gender and sexuality, the coming out process, or navigating your unique transition, therapy can help you find and honor your inherent worth and wholeness.
Now accepting NEW clients for ongoing therapy and gender-affirming surgery letters! As a transmasculine-identified therapist, I'm proud to specialize in LGBQ+ and Transgender-affirming therapy. My passion as a therapist is to empower queer, trans, and nonbinary folks to embrace their authentic selves. Rooted in an anti-oppression framework, my mission is to co-create a safe, nonjudgmental space for you to explore healing through the development of a therapeutic relationship founded in authenticity, openness, and connection. My pronouns are he/they. I invite you to share your pronouns and name with me.
Whether you are seeking assistance in managing distress related to gender and sexuality, the coming out process, or navigating your unique transition, therapy can help you find and honor your inherent worth and wholeness.
Now accepting NEW clients for ongoing therapy and gender-affirming surgery letters! As a transmasculine-identified therapist, I'm proud to specialize in LGBQ+ and Transgender-affirming therapy. My passion as a therapist is to empower queer, trans, and nonbinary folks to embrace their authentic selves. Rooted in an anti-oppression framework, my mission is to co-create a safe, nonjudgmental space for you to explore healing through the development of a therapeutic relationship founded in authenticity, openness, and connection. My pronouns are he/they. I invite you to share your pronouns and name with me.
(614) 412-4895 View (614) 412-4895
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Brianna Badenhop
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC, CST
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43204
My goals in therapy are to collaborate with my clients to help them reach their full potential and to improve their quality world. I look at my clients holistically and do not define them by the symptoms that led them to therapy. I am a Certified Sex Therapist recognized through AASECT, and work with clients on topics related to sexual identity/orientation, relationship structures, sexual dysfunctions, and kink/BDSM. I also work with clients addressing concerns including depression, anxiety, life transitions, and older adulthood/lifestyle changes.
My goals in therapy are to collaborate with my clients to help them reach their full potential and to improve their quality world. I look at my clients holistically and do not define them by the symptoms that led them to therapy. I am a Certified Sex Therapist recognized through AASECT, and work with clients on topics related to sexual identity/orientation, relationship structures, sexual dysfunctions, and kink/BDSM. I also work with clients addressing concerns including depression, anxiety, life transitions, and older adulthood/lifestyle changes.
(614) 714-5377 View (614) 714-5377
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Taylor Kinman
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, LPCA
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43215  (Online Only)
I'm passionate about working with clients who want to improve their relationships and sex. Most often, I work with clients who want to overcome sexual challenges such as erectile dysfunction, low/mismatched libido, and sexual pain. Aside from sex therapy, I treat other general concerns such as anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and life transitions. I also help clients work through trauma using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and Internal Family Systems (IFS).
I'm passionate about working with clients who want to improve their relationships and sex. Most often, I work with clients who want to overcome sexual challenges such as erectile dysfunction, low/mismatched libido, and sexual pain. Aside from sex therapy, I treat other general concerns such as anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and life transitions. I also help clients work through trauma using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and Internal Family Systems (IFS).
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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.