What I Need To Know About Sex Therapy?
Sex therapy is a method of treatment used with individuals or couples who have sexual problems and concerns. It is based on the belief that sexuality can be a positive part of life, that relationships can be rewarding and that emotional and physical intimacy is a desirable goal. Sex therapy provides a supportive atmosphere in which individuals or couples can talk about sexual and relationship issues with a professional who is knowledgeable and comfortable with this area of life.
Sexual intimacy is important for most couples as it can strengthen closeness and caring between partners. This is particularly important in today's society where there are many pressures on couples. Dissatisfaction with the sexual aspect of the relationship and the loss of shared intimacy may lead to feelings that threaten the total relationship. Relationships may even end because of unresolved sexual difficulties. The qualified sex therapist counsels heterosexual, homosexual and bisexual people with a variety of sexual concerns that may be a consequence of many factors of personal or social origin. They may be the result of illness or surgery, physical difficulties, or sexual trauma such as incest or sexual assault. Concerns may be about such things as levels of sexual desire, painful intercourse, absence of orgasm, erection problems or timing of ejaculation. Sex Therapists will also facilitate clients' sexual potential enabling them to enhance and enrich a creative form of sexual expression.
I expect in Sex Therapy?
Your therapist will probably begin to assess your concerns by asking you a number of direct questions about your personal history, sexual feelings and behaviour. This is to help you and your therapist to clearly understand your issues. If you do not feel ready to talk about something, you can say so and your wish will be respected.
or certification do Sex Therapists have?
No single professional
degree qualifies a person to do sex therapy. Sex therapists may come from
a variety of professional backgrounds. Knowledge of sexual anatomy and
function, relationship issues, sex roles and expectations, and problems
resulting from sexual abuse are just some of the areas a sex therapist
needs to understand.
Sex therapy is an
approach to very real human problems. It is based on the assumption that
sexuality is good, that relationships can be meaningful and that interpersonal
intimacy is a desired goal. Sex therapy is by its nature a very sensitive
treatment modality and will include respect for the client's values and
cultural beliefs. Registered sex therapists should be non-,judgmental,
gender sensitive and supportive of the equal rights of men and women to
full expression and enjoyment of healthy sexual function. Registered sex
therapists should be members of professional organizations or licensing
bodies which govern practitioners' conduct and practice.
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