Better Marriages > 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.
You can search by state, then look through therapists order by their city alphabetically. Lists the type of work they do and certification received.