A romantic relationship requires different things to thrive. Good communication is necessary, as is mutual respect and compromise. But one of the most important aspects of a healthy romantic relationship is a sense of intimacy between each other. And one of the ways to build intimacy is through sex and sexual expression.
Often, when people are having trouble in the bedroom, their sense of intimacy takes a significant hit. That’s why it is recommended that couples seek the guidance of a sex positive therapist.
What is Sex Positive Therapy?
Sex positive therapy is a form of talk therapy that can help couples address any issues they may be having in their sex life. The goal of sex therapy is to assist individuals to navigate through any physical, emotional, or psychological challenges they may be facing to enjoy healthy and satisfying sex life.
Symptoms of Sexual Dysfunction
Sexual dysfunction is more common than you might realize. In fact, 43% of women and 31% of men have reported experiencing some form of a sexual challenge during their life.
Some of the most common symptoms of sexual dysfunction are:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Low or no libido
- Premature orgasm or ejaculation
- Delayed orgasm or ejaculation
- No interest in sex
- Low self-esteem
- Lack of response to sexual stimulus
- An inability to reach orgasm
- Distressing sexual thoughts
- Unwanted sexual fetishes
Sex therapy can help individuals address and change their behavior, leading to increased sexual satisfaction.
How Does Sex Positive Therapy Work?
The term sex therapy often conjures up all sorts of scenarios in a person’s mind. But the reality is, this therapy is like other forms of talk therapy where you share your experiences, feelings, and concerns.
In a safe and nonjudgmental setting, a couple can openly discuss any sexual issues with their therapist, who then offers coping strategies to help improve communication and sexual responses.
A sex positive therapist is not there to take anyone’s side or show the couple how to have sex. Rather, they are there to facilitate understanding, development, and ultimate healing so that intimacy can be reestablished between the couple. If your therapist suspects your sexual issues may stem from a physical condition, they will refer you to a medical doctor.
Sex Positive Therapy Benefits
Sex positive therapy can help establish intimacy because it:
- Strengthens communication. Your therapist is there to help you and your partner have uncomfortable conversations
- Helps you heal. It is quite common for one or both people in the relationship to have sexual pain or trauma from their past
- Cope with performance anxiety. Many men suffer from performance anxiety while many women struggle to reach orgasm (or vise versa; i.e. over-generalization acknowledged)
- Navigate infidelity. Recovering from infidelity can be challenging. Sex therapy can help with the healing process
Finding a Sex Positive Therapist
If you would like to explore treatment options, please get in touch with me so we can discuss how I may help you.
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