Sex counseling is a specialized type of therapy that addresses the mental health issues and emotional concerns that affect an individual’s sexual function, sexual drive, and desire for intimacy. Sex counseling is similar to other forms of counseling and, contrary to some misconceptions, there is nothing strange, deviant, or kinky going on during sex counseling sessions.
Misconceptions, stigma and discomfort are often associated with sex counseling. This should not be the case. Sex counseling can help individuals and couples gain more confidence discussing sexual issues, restore or improve sexual health, communicate more effectively, and work on achieving a more fulfilling sex life.
A sex counselor is a professional psychologist, therapist, social worker, or physician who offers comprehensive counseling services for people dealing with some type of sexual issue. Some of these sexual issues include:
- A lack of sexual desire
- Intimacy after infidelity
- A couple’s disparity in sex drives
- Intimacy after having children
- Painful intercourse
- A paraphilia, or desire, that causes a person distress
- Sex addictions and/or compulsive behavior
- Difficulties achieving orgasm
These represent some of the most common reasons a person or couple might seek sex counseling but it is not exhaustive. There are countless more; from common to very personal reasons. If your quality of life is affected by your sexual function or desire or if you are having problems with intimacy within a relationship, regardless of age, gender, or background, then sex counseling could help.
Sex counseling can have a positive impact on the psychological and sexual health of a person or couple in therapy, even after only a short period of time. Still, the effectiveness of the therapy ultimately depends on the willingness of the person in therapy to accept and embrace the concepts presented to them during a session. Like most types of counseling, sex counseling is most helpful when all parties honestly consider the concerns raised and make a deliberate and cooperative effort to work through them.
The compassionate team at Collaborate Counseling can help you work through sexual issues individually or with your significant other. We will always treat you with the utmost respect, integrity and confidentially. Contact us today to get started.