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Sex Therapy

The Sex Therapy process is very similar to that experienced with other mental health practitioners.  The Sex Therapist
will meet with the person as an individual or with a couple in an office setting where an extensive history of the
concerns will be taken.  The Sex Therapist will note both the psychological and the physical components and will
establish one or more diagnoses.  After this, a treatment plan will be proposed, usually with your involvement in its
development.  In some instances, the Sex Therapist may work closely with the person’s physician, nurse, or other
therapist or counselor to establish causes and remedies for the problems.

Depending on the diagnosis, the Sex Therapist will educate the person or couple about the issue and about options
for change.  This educational process may occur through suggested reading material, through watching educational
audio-visual materials, through discussion with the therapist, through attending workshops, or all of these therapy
processes.  Sometimes having more information will allow the problem to resolve.  Sometimes more specific or
intensive therapy will be needed.

If more specific therapy is needed, the Sex Therapist may suggest a regular schedule of office appointments.  Often,
homework exercises to be practiced individually or as a couple in the privacy of one’s home between office
appointments will be suggested.  The homework may be as general as communication exercises or as specific as actual
sexual experiences, depending on the progress in therapy and the person’s level of comfort with accepting direction.

In no instances will a Sex Therapist engage in any kind of sexual activity with a therapy patient/client, whether in the
office or in any location.  To do so is a breach of ethics, and in some states and provinces is a crime.

-American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists
Forms and Assessments

  • Sex History Questionnaire
  • Internet Sex Addictions
  • Sex Addictions Screening
  • Female Sexual Function
  • Brief Male Sexual
    Functioning Index
Common Reasons to Consider Sex Therapy

  • Low Sexual Desire                
  • Sexual Trauma
  • Pain During Intercourse
  • Intimacy Problems
  • Difficulty Achieving Orgasm
  • Rapid Ejaculation
  • Sexual Compulsivity/Addiction
  • Sexual Inhibition or Anxiety
  • Sexual Performance
  • Sexual Offending
  • Sex Education
  • Sexual Behavior Problems
  • Sexual Identity Concerns
  • Infidelity
  • Variant Sexual Arousal
  • Medical Conditions Resulting
in Sexual Dissatisfaction
  • Professional Boundary