Sex Therapy: What's involved?
Perth, Western Australia
A satisfying sex life is healthy and natural. Physical and emotional intimacy are essential parts of a fulfilling relationship and lead to mental and physical well-being. Most people will experience sexual difficulties at some point in their lives. This could be due to stress, mental health issues such as depression or anxiety, past abuse, physical health and lifestyle factors such as over-work, issues in their relationship, and life transitions such as having children.
A sexual problem occurs when something in a couple's sex life isn't happening the way that they want it to. This can lead to a variety of emotions and feelings ranging from minor frustration to severe distress, resulting in relationship difficulties, a loss of confidence, and many other negative effects.
Common sexual difficulties include:
- A lack of sexual desire or differences in sexual desire in a couple
- A lack of interest or infrequent sex
- Erectile dysfunction
- Premature ejaculation
- Pain during sex (dyspareunia)
- Penetration difficulties on intercourse (Vaginismus)
- Inability to reach orgasm (Anorgasmia)
- Sex or pornography addiction
Sex therapy is a type of talking therapy which supports individuals and couples to communicate openly and honestly about their sexual difficulties so these can be worked through and overcome, leading to a more fulfilling sexual relationship.
The first 2-3 sessions will involve the therapist taking a psycho-sexual history of the individual or couple to determine any medical, psychological, or interpersonal factors which may be contributing to the sexual difficulty. If medical issues are identified the therapist may recommend medication or further tests to be done by a doctor.
Sex therapy sessions after the assessment address the psychological or relationship issues which underlie the sexual difficulty, as well as employing behavioural techniques to focus on the physical symptoms. The therapist will set specific tasks and exercises for you to complete at home which aim to reduce anxiety and avoidance, and build trust and intimacy.
Sex is a sensitive issue that many couples find difficult to talk about so they sadly suffer in silence. There is plenty of evidence available to demonstrate that sex therapy works. If you would like to discuss this further or have any questions please contact Jessica and she will be happy to offer advice about how sex therapy may benefit your situation.
If you would like more information or help, Jessica can be contacted by telephone or email.
Phone: 0450 688 221
Mt Lawley Counselling Centre
13 Alvan Street
Mt Lawley Western Australia 6050