Sex Therapists in Austin, TX

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Respark Therapy & Associates
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LPC-S, LMFT-S, CST, AASECT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78756
Need an expert? Struggling with your relationships or sexuality? I'm an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Relationship Specialist. Maybe you have difficulties communicating about relationships or sex. Lacking desire or skills in your relationship can be frustrating but there is hope. Respark Therapy has 8 therapists with flexible schedules and fees. All therapists are highly trained, confident professionals. Discussing intimacy is sometimes scary, especially if don't have the language to talk about it. Together we can work toward gaining confidence, rebuilding trust, and learning new techniques to light the fire.
Need an expert? Struggling with your relationships or sexuality? I'm an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Relationship Specialist. Maybe you have difficulties communicating about relationships or sex. Lacking desire or skills in your relationship can be frustrating but there is hope. Respark Therapy has 8 therapists with flexible schedules and fees. All therapists are highly trained, confident professionals. Discussing intimacy is sometimes scary, especially if don't have the language to talk about it. Together we can work toward gaining confidence, rebuilding trust, and learning new techniques to light the fire.
(512) 960-1682 View (512) 960-1682
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Matthew Wright
Pre-Licensed Professional, LCDC-I
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78756
Hello and Welcome! I'm Matthew, a future Marriage and Family Therapist completing my Master’s in both Clinical Mental Health and Marriage and Family Therapy. I am also working towards my sex therapy certification through the Sexual Health Alliance while seeing clients with Respark Therapy & Associates. I am a sex positive, body-positive therapist who takes pride in showing up to each session with intentionality and authenticity. I honor the belief that you are the expert of your story and that societal norms and the pressures of everyday life should not determine how you show up for yourself and within your relationships.
Hello and Welcome! I'm Matthew, a future Marriage and Family Therapist completing my Master’s in both Clinical Mental Health and Marriage and Family Therapy. I am also working towards my sex therapy certification through the Sexual Health Alliance while seeing clients with Respark Therapy & Associates. I am a sex positive, body-positive therapist who takes pride in showing up to each session with intentionality and authenticity. I honor the belief that you are the expert of your story and that societal norms and the pressures of everyday life should not determine how you show up for yourself and within your relationships.
(512) 991-9188 View (512) 991-9188
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Jené K Gutiérrez
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, MS, LMFT-A
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78751  (Online Only)
Are you navigating a relationship where anxiety speaks louder than love and belonging? I help individuals, couples, partners, and families within marginalized identities/communities/relational styles understand, accept, and ease their relational insecurities. I welcome the discussion of challenging issues and topics related to infidelity, jealousy, sex and kink, grief and loss, and spiritual trauma, especially if those issues intersect with LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC identities and/or non-traditional relational dynamics including polyamory, non-monogamy, single parent, and blended families.
Are you navigating a relationship where anxiety speaks louder than love and belonging? I help individuals, couples, partners, and families within marginalized identities/communities/relational styles understand, accept, and ease their relational insecurities. I welcome the discussion of challenging issues and topics related to infidelity, jealousy, sex and kink, grief and loss, and spiritual trauma, especially if those issues intersect with LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC identities and/or non-traditional relational dynamics including polyamory, non-monogamy, single parent, and blended families.
(737) 510-2957 View (737) 510-2957
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Leigha Ward
Psychologist, PsyD, RN
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Sex and relationship therapy is a passion of mine, as I feel that consent and open communication are vital to healthy relationships and sense of self.
Relationships are vital to our existence, but sometimes we struggle to connect with ourselves and others in a way that supports our values and sustains the relationships that bring love, success, and connection into our lives. Whether you are struggling to connect with a romantic partner, or you've become so debilitated by anxious, self-defeating thoughts that social interaction feels impossible, I believe you have the power within you to change the way you connect to yourself and others. If sexual, emotional, or other barriers are stopping you from living the life you want, let me help you harness your inner strength.
Sex and relationship therapy is a passion of mine, as I feel that consent and open communication are vital to healthy relationships and sense of self.
Relationships are vital to our existence, but sometimes we struggle to connect with ourselves and others in a way that supports our values and sustains the relationships that bring love, success, and connection into our lives. Whether you are struggling to connect with a romantic partner, or you've become so debilitated by anxious, self-defeating thoughts that social interaction feels impossible, I believe you have the power within you to change the way you connect to yourself and others. If sexual, emotional, or other barriers are stopping you from living the life you want, let me help you harness your inner strength.
(512) 270-3362 View (512) 270-3362
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Madeleine Smith
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, LPC-A
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746
I am also certified in sex and couples counseling.
As a therapist, I specialize in working with young adults and couples who are navigating life transitions, anxiety, family dynamics, sexual health, and relationships. I take a Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Existential approach that also weaves in a focus on client strengths and narratives. I tend to have a more direct approach with my clients, while also adding in humor and a space that allows for support and strength. I am an avid ally of the LGTBQIA+ community and am able to create an environment that empowers and upholds clients as who they are.
I am also certified in sex and couples counseling.
As a therapist, I specialize in working with young adults and couples who are navigating life transitions, anxiety, family dynamics, sexual health, and relationships. I take a Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Existential approach that also weaves in a focus on client strengths and narratives. I tend to have a more direct approach with my clients, while also adding in humor and a space that allows for support and strength. I am an avid ally of the LGTBQIA+ community and am able to create an environment that empowers and upholds clients as who they are.
(512) 647-2661 View (512) 647-2661
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Jennifer Rae Comeau
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78704  (Online Only)
I can help with issues such as ADHD, anxiety, sexuality and sexual identity, communication issues in relationships, body image issues, and life transitions.
You are reaching out because you are feeling a call towards something more in your life, and you are realizing that your desire for authentic and joyful connection with yourself and others is worth finding. You're ready to clear away stale patterns that no longer serve you, and learn how to create and live your own unique, brave, and meaningful life. I am here to explore with you as you discover how to create and reclaim a life that is in alignment with what you value most. I have seen caring and honest therapeutic relationships change lives, so if you are ready, please call or email me for a consultation and let's get started!
I can help with issues such as ADHD, anxiety, sexuality and sexual identity, communication issues in relationships, body image issues, and life transitions.
You are reaching out because you are feeling a call towards something more in your life, and you are realizing that your desire for authentic and joyful connection with yourself and others is worth finding. You're ready to clear away stale patterns that no longer serve you, and learn how to create and live your own unique, brave, and meaningful life. I am here to explore with you as you discover how to create and reclaim a life that is in alignment with what you value most. I have seen caring and honest therapeutic relationships change lives, so if you are ready, please call or email me for a consultation and let's get started!
(737) 258-7641 View (737) 258-7641
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Jessie R. White
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78745  (Online Only)
I love to work with people that experience oppression including people of color, women, people with gender fluidity, sexuality fluidity, any spirituality, & people with physical or medical limitations in life. I am a social justice warrior and always love for my clients to enrich my life by sharing their lives with me. I use somatic work, attachment-based techniques, art interventions, mindfulness, coping skills, & distress tolerance skills. I believe strongly in attuning to the body, utilizing the body’s internal compass.. You hold all your own magic, I don't hold anyone's magic but my own. We work to dust it off & let it flow!
I love to work with people that experience oppression including people of color, women, people with gender fluidity, sexuality fluidity, any spirituality, & people with physical or medical limitations in life. I am a social justice warrior and always love for my clients to enrich my life by sharing their lives with me. I use somatic work, attachment-based techniques, art interventions, mindfulness, coping skills, & distress tolerance skills. I believe strongly in attuning to the body, utilizing the body’s internal compass.. You hold all your own magic, I don't hold anyone's magic but my own. We work to dust it off & let it flow!
(737) 300-8359 View (737) 300-8359
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Sara Sloan
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CST, AASECT, IRT, MFA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78750
I believe relationships define each of us and form the foundation for our life. I work from a systemic perspective with couples, individuals, and families to create relationships that define not only who we are, but also who we desire to become. I help clients with their relationships, intimacy, connection, communication, and sexual compatibility. I work with a lot of women who have suffered from Narcissistic abuse in relationships and family of origin. I also help those who are confused in their current relationships. I enjoy helping those who have autoimmune disease and cancer redefine their sexuality, relationships and desire.
I believe relationships define each of us and form the foundation for our life. I work from a systemic perspective with couples, individuals, and families to create relationships that define not only who we are, but also who we desire to become. I help clients with their relationships, intimacy, connection, communication, and sexual compatibility. I work with a lot of women who have suffered from Narcissistic abuse in relationships and family of origin. I also help those who are confused in their current relationships. I enjoy helping those who have autoimmune disease and cancer redefine their sexuality, relationships and desire.
(512) 982-9836 View (512) 982-9836
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Jasmonae Joyriel
Psychologist, PsyD, LP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746
COUPLES, SEX, & TRAUMA expert. Are you willing to engage in a collaborative and dynamic approach that moves you closer to the life you want? I am not a cookie-cutter therapist with a script for me and a worksheet for you. However, if you need tools to guide you towards customizing the life you want, look no further. Explore SEX, eroticism, and relationships with a guide beside you. Come by yourself or as a couple. I find working with clients in person to be ideal. I also encourage clients to fire a therapist who's not a good fit (me included). If you are ready to dive in deep and do some healing work, I may be the right fit for you!
COUPLES, SEX, & TRAUMA expert. Are you willing to engage in a collaborative and dynamic approach that moves you closer to the life you want? I am not a cookie-cutter therapist with a script for me and a worksheet for you. However, if you need tools to guide you towards customizing the life you want, look no further. Explore SEX, eroticism, and relationships with a guide beside you. Come by yourself or as a couple. I find working with clients in person to be ideal. I also encourage clients to fire a therapist who's not a good fit (me included). If you are ready to dive in deep and do some healing work, I may be the right fit for you!
(512) 588-5681 View (512) 588-5681
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Derek Leighton
Licensed Professional Counselor, LMFT-S, LPC-S, CST, EMDR
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78703
AASECT Certified Sex Therapist available to help you experience relationships and sexuality in self-defined, healthy ways. Are you looking for more satisfaction in life? Or maybe struggling with out-of-control sexual behaviors? I believe it's important that you find a therapist that is the right fit for you. I offer counseling services to Couples, Individuals, and Families. After spending 23 years in high tech, my passion for helping others develop their careers and seek personal growth led to a natural transition to working as a psychotherapist.
AASECT Certified Sex Therapist available to help you experience relationships and sexuality in self-defined, healthy ways. Are you looking for more satisfaction in life? Or maybe struggling with out-of-control sexual behaviors? I believe it's important that you find a therapist that is the right fit for you. I offer counseling services to Couples, Individuals, and Families. After spending 23 years in high tech, my passion for helping others develop their careers and seek personal growth led to a natural transition to working as a psychotherapist.
(512) 649-0216 View (512) 649-0216
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Cynthia Singer
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, LMFT-A, LCDC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78756
Welcome! I'm Cynthia, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, and sex therapist in training. I am very passionate about the therapeutic process and helping clients cultivate healthy relationships with themselves and others. It is my goal to create a safe therapeutic space for us to identify, explore, and create sustainable change. I see clients in Texas as part of Respark Therapy and would love to meet you!
Welcome! I'm Cynthia, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, and sex therapist in training. I am very passionate about the therapeutic process and helping clients cultivate healthy relationships with themselves and others. It is my goal to create a safe therapeutic space for us to identify, explore, and create sustainable change. I see clients in Texas as part of Respark Therapy and would love to meet you!
(737) 520-7036 View (737) 520-7036
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Jessica Warner
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78701
I'm a Kink Aware Professional and believe that relationships and sex are building blocks to our lives no matter in what form they come. I have experience working with a variety of sexual and relational issues and have worked with people from varying backgrounds, from BDSM to open marriage.
I'm a Kink Aware Professional and believe that relationships and sex are building blocks to our lives no matter in what form they come. I have experience working with a variety of sexual and relational issues and have worked with people from varying backgrounds, from BDSM to open marriage.
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Brittany Burrus
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78744  (Online Only)
My passion is sex therapy and helping Indvidual's and/or couples address sexual health and/ or sexual problems.
Beginning therapy can be a challenging first step to making desired changes in life. My goal is to help you learn lifelong coping skills that are necessary for making these desired changes. Exploring thoughts and feelings, practicing self-reflection, gaining greater self-acceptance, and learning ways to improve communication are some techniques I incorporate into therapy. I utilize a combination of collaborative and integrative therapy to aid you on your journey of self-healing, changed behaviors, and personal growth. I work hard to make sure that the client feels safe and supported during this journey.
My passion is sex therapy and helping Indvidual's and/or couples address sexual health and/ or sexual problems.
Beginning therapy can be a challenging first step to making desired changes in life. My goal is to help you learn lifelong coping skills that are necessary for making these desired changes. Exploring thoughts and feelings, practicing self-reflection, gaining greater self-acceptance, and learning ways to improve communication are some techniques I incorporate into therapy. I utilize a combination of collaborative and integrative therapy to aid you on your journey of self-healing, changed behaviors, and personal growth. I work hard to make sure that the client feels safe and supported during this journey.
(512) 379-5952 View (512) 379-5952
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Francesca Caponi
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, C-DBT, ABS
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705  (Online Only)
Most importantly, my practice is sex-positive and affirming of all gender identities, orientations, and abilities.
Have you stumbled into questions or barriers in your relationships? Maybe things are just feeling hard right now? In my practice, I strive to create a safe and open environment for you to explore complex issues without judgement. I enjoy working with individuals and couples that are willing to make positive changes and are open to learning new tools. I prioritize safe and effective communication with emphasis on emotional exploration. Navigating a new dynamic or feeling stuck can be tricky, I specialize in all forms of sex therapy including: desire discrepancy, physical changes, body image, and open/poly/kink to name a few.
Most importantly, my practice is sex-positive and affirming of all gender identities, orientations, and abilities.
Have you stumbled into questions or barriers in your relationships? Maybe things are just feeling hard right now? In my practice, I strive to create a safe and open environment for you to explore complex issues without judgement. I enjoy working with individuals and couples that are willing to make positive changes and are open to learning new tools. I prioritize safe and effective communication with emphasis on emotional exploration. Navigating a new dynamic or feeling stuck can be tricky, I specialize in all forms of sex therapy including: desire discrepancy, physical changes, body image, and open/poly/kink to name a few.
(512) 641-5456 View (512) 641-5456
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Alex Paro
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, LMFT-A
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78723
As a queer, non-monogamous, cis-gendered woman, I welcome the opportunity to talk about LGBTQIA+, open relationships, kink, and sexuality as whole with adult couples and individuals.
You’re here, and that’s a huge first step. Finding a non-judgemental, compassionate therapist to share your struggles with isn’t easy, I definitely understand that. Together we’ll tackle those struggles, your desires, your pain points. We’ll fight together within the confines of society to discover your authentic self and learn to share your magic outwardly. Let’s work together to find the relationships you want, the love you want, the sex, the job, the life that brings you joy - the YOU that you want.
As a queer, non-monogamous, cis-gendered woman, I welcome the opportunity to talk about LGBTQIA+, open relationships, kink, and sexuality as whole with adult couples and individuals.
You’re here, and that’s a huge first step. Finding a non-judgemental, compassionate therapist to share your struggles with isn’t easy, I definitely understand that. Together we’ll tackle those struggles, your desires, your pain points. We’ll fight together within the confines of society to discover your authentic self and learn to share your magic outwardly. Let’s work together to find the relationships you want, the love you want, the sex, the job, the life that brings you joy - the YOU that you want.
(512) 881-8148 x11 View (512) 881-8148 x11
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Hannah Jean Wood-Kraft
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, LMFT-A
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78756
As a sex therapist, you'll discover unwavering acceptance and empathy with me.
I specialize in aiding individuals and couples seeking to prioritize pleasure in their lives. If you're eager to forge deeper, more pleasure-rich connections with yourself or your partner, you're in the right place. I thrive on assisting those who embrace challenges during therapy, as these hurdles often lead to profound personal growth and an enriched life. My sole client requirement is a genuine willingness, as even a spark of openness can ignite transformative change. Join me on a journey to heightened pleasure, self-discovery, and meaningful connections – your commitment is the catalyst for remarkable change.
As a sex therapist, you'll discover unwavering acceptance and empathy with me.
I specialize in aiding individuals and couples seeking to prioritize pleasure in their lives. If you're eager to forge deeper, more pleasure-rich connections with yourself or your partner, you're in the right place. I thrive on assisting those who embrace challenges during therapy, as these hurdles often lead to profound personal growth and an enriched life. My sole client requirement is a genuine willingness, as even a spark of openness can ignite transformative change. Join me on a journey to heightened pleasure, self-discovery, and meaningful connections – your commitment is the catalyst for remarkable change.
(512) 360-0114 View (512) 360-0114
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Cassandra Hesse
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S, CST
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78727  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Sex Therapy for Individuals, Couples, and All Relationship Lifestyles. Do you struggle with depression or anxiety within your relationship(s)? Do you not see eye-to-eye with your partner(s)? Do you struggle with meeting people but desire human interaction? What about struggling with sexual intimacy and having a hard time finding a therapist to talk freely about your Sex Life?
Sex Therapy for Individuals, Couples, and All Relationship Lifestyles. Do you struggle with depression or anxiety within your relationship(s)? Do you not see eye-to-eye with your partner(s)? Do you struggle with meeting people but desire human interaction? What about struggling with sexual intimacy and having a hard time finding a therapist to talk freely about your Sex Life?
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Brooke Becker
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, LMFT-A
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78759
While Brooke’s speciality is sex therapy, she is also passionate about LGBTQIA+ issues, womxn’s issues, relationship issues, family conflict, grief and loss, substance abuse, self-esteem, stress, and life transitions.
Brooke sees her role as a mirror for her clients, reflecting the patterns she observes to guide them towards discovering their inner-voice and wisdom. She believes that by exploring personal development and examining our interactions within relationships, we can unravel the narratives that hinder our relationships, or self-love. Through engaging in therapeutic dialogue and collaboration, Brooke aims to support the client through a treatment plan that is specific to the client because therapy is not a one size fits all experience.
While Brooke’s speciality is sex therapy, she is also passionate about LGBTQIA+ issues, womxn’s issues, relationship issues, family conflict, grief and loss, substance abuse, self-esteem, stress, and life transitions.
Brooke sees her role as a mirror for her clients, reflecting the patterns she observes to guide them towards discovering their inner-voice and wisdom. She believes that by exploring personal development and examining our interactions within relationships, we can unravel the narratives that hinder our relationships, or self-love. Through engaging in therapeutic dialogue and collaboration, Brooke aims to support the client through a treatment plan that is specific to the client because therapy is not a one size fits all experience.
(737) 727-3853 View (737) 727-3853
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Aaron Mink
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, LMFT-A
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78759
I practice sex-positive, gender- and sexuality-affirming therapy.
In life, we face circumstances that can lead us to cope in whatever ways we can. Sometimes those coping methods lead us into shame and disconnection. I lend a compassionate ear to my clients struggling with addiction, life transitions, relationship issues, intimacy, and more. I strive to lend empathetic and non-judgmental support to my clients in order to help them grow deeper in their self-compassion. I use techniques and concepts of Emotionally Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Somatic Therapy to provide you with a space to learn and grow more comfortable and familiar with your emotions.
I practice sex-positive, gender- and sexuality-affirming therapy.
In life, we face circumstances that can lead us to cope in whatever ways we can. Sometimes those coping methods lead us into shame and disconnection. I lend a compassionate ear to my clients struggling with addiction, life transitions, relationship issues, intimacy, and more. I strive to lend empathetic and non-judgmental support to my clients in order to help them grow deeper in their self-compassion. I use techniques and concepts of Emotionally Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Somatic Therapy to provide you with a space to learn and grow more comfortable and familiar with your emotions.
(737) 302-4885 View (737) 302-4885
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Laurin Lewis
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78756
I am pursuing Sex Therapy certification through Sexual Health Alliance and have attended various trainings and conferences covering topics such as problem sexual behavior, keeping the spark in long-term relationships, and grief.
Welcome! I'm Laurin, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) supervised by Heather McPherson MA, LPC-S, LMFT-S, CST. I'm a lifelong Texan who has never fit many of the stereotypes associated with being a Texan. I am passionate about helping clients with issues related to religious and sexual trauma, grief and loss, non-monogamy, and more. Overall, my goal is to provide a brave space for clients to be vulnerable and explore their personhood.
I am pursuing Sex Therapy certification through Sexual Health Alliance and have attended various trainings and conferences covering topics such as problem sexual behavior, keeping the spark in long-term relationships, and grief.
Welcome! I'm Laurin, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) supervised by Heather McPherson MA, LPC-S, LMFT-S, CST. I'm a lifelong Texan who has never fit many of the stereotypes associated with being a Texan. I am passionate about helping clients with issues related to religious and sexual trauma, grief and loss, non-monogamy, and more. Overall, my goal is to provide a brave space for clients to be vulnerable and explore their personhood.
(512) 764-5156 View (512) 764-5156

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.