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What is Sex Therapy?


Sex therapy is a type of psychotherapy — you talk with a mental health provider, who will help you individually or along with your partner to address sex-related issues with your relationship.

Sex therapy is usually provided by psychologists, social workers, physicians or licensed therapists who have special training in issues related to sex and relationships. Certified sex therapists have graduate degrees and are credentialed by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).

Sex therapy is becoming more mainstream. There are about one-third as many online searches for sex therapy as there are for marriage counseling.


Within a couple, if communication regarding sex is lacking or if attempts at communication have been unsuccessful, that couple might benefit from sex therapy. If one is considering leaving the relationship or is considering having affairs because of sexual dissatisfaction within the relationship, that is also an indicator. Significantly differing expectations regarding sex or different preferences regarding sex – such as frequency, duration, activities – might warrant therapy as well.

Also, if one individual in a couple is experiencing sexual difficulty such as low libido, pelvic pain, erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation, they could both be helped clinically.

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Passionate Marriage: Keeping Love and Intimacy Alive in Committed Relationships
By David Schnarch
Review 1) Dr. Schnarch's solution to "emotional gridlock" is to encourage you to maintain your integrity -- i.e. to "hold on to" yourself -- without pushing your spouse away: to be who you really are, and to let your spouse see who you really are, while at the same time letting your spouse know that you love and value your spouse and the relationship. The... more

Dr. Ruth's Top Ten Secrets for Great Sex: How to Enjoy it, Share it, and Love it Each and Every Time
By Ruth K. Westheimer
Review 1) Dr. Ruth really gets it: "the truth is that too many of us allow our sexlife to be drowned under the flood of all the other activities fighting for our attention, from work and family matters to watching TV, playing video games, answering emails, chatting online..." She urges you to make sex a priority and empowers you with the right reasoning a... more
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