Sexual health is an essential component of any individual’s physical and emotional well-being; more so when two individuals are in a sexual relationship such as dating or married. If you or your loved one is experiencing trouble in that department, it can be an extreme stressor to the relationship, as well as to the individuals involved. Unfortunately, many people think that something is wrong with them, and are ashamed or embarrassed to reach out for guidance or assistance. While it’s clear something might not be right, it doesn’t mean there’s anything inherently wrong. Sex therapy is a safe and open environment where a professional focused on achieving sexual health in a relationship and the people involved. Here are some things you should know about sex therapy.
What to Expect
When you find a sexual psychologist you want to work with, you’ll be doing a lot of talking and introspection. You definitely won’t be “practicing” anything during your sex therapy sessions, though your psychologist will more than likely give you some “homework” to do before you meet again. The main topics of discussion will vary between individuals and couples, though there are some core factors that are integral for sexual health.
Put It All Out There
Emotions play a huge role when it comes to sex. It’s not simply a matter of being “turned on.” Low confidence from a physical incapacity, a desire think may be deemed inappropriate or embarrassing, or simply something weighing heavily on their mind are just some of the reasons that may be getting in the way of having the best sex of your lives. There’s no need to feel afraid or self-conscious about your sexuality when talking to a sex therapist. They have heard it all. Be as honest and clear as possible in your conversations. They want to help you achieve comfort and confidence in your sexuality. If you can’t be open with a sexual psychologist, who can you be open with?
Not to be confused with body language, talking about your physical capabilities is a major component to helping you have a sexuality breakthrough. We’re not just talking libido. Physical issues, such as vulvodynia or impotence, pain or soreness; even concern about taste or odors are important discussions to have with your therapist. They will be able to refer you to a medical specialist and the two professionals will work together to get you to your “happy ending.”
It Takes Two to Tango
Sex therapists can, and often do, work with couples. Though not necessary, it can be helpful to bring your partner to discuss their sexual concerns and needs. Being mindful of your partner makes for a rounded relationship overall, not just sexually. You may even make some surprising discoveries about your partner, and yourself.
Get healthy, get happy, and get it on. Achieve sexual health with the professionals at Advanced Psychology Partners. Serving patients of all sexual orientation, Advanced Psychology Partners offers personalized, results-oriented therapy in a comfortable, private environment. Choose the therapist you wish to confide in and you will be treated with the utmost discretion, compassion, and respect. To take the first step to sexual satisfaction, contact us today. Call 973-534-5333 for Donna LoBiondo or 973-980-0409 for Eric K. Larsen.