Sexual Health and Wellness
What is Sex Therapy?
Sex therapy is like any other area of counseling or talk therapy —but this type of therapy specializes in human sexuality, just as other counsellors might specialize in anxiety, depression or addiction. It addresses concerns and maybe curiosities around intimacy, sexual functioning, confidence-building, desire or lack of desire, arousal dysfunctions or unwanted sexual thoughts, it can go into LGBTQIA+ and gender-related topics. Sex therapy can also cover exploration around ethical non-monogamy (NM), fetishism, and kink or BDSM behaviors.
We like to look at the entire picture around someone’s relationship dynamics, ability to communicate with their partner(s), body image issues, trauma, stress, or underlying mental health conditions like anxiety or depression. We are taking information from biological, social and psychological context to identify what might be contributing concerns like masturbation patterns, or underlying or unconscious thoughts or narratives that might be affecting their current situation.
Gender and identity affirming
For individuals exploring their gender identity or experiencing gender dysphoria, therapy can provide a safe space to discuss and navigate their unique sexual needs and concerns.
Fantasy and Erotica
Exploring sexual fantasies, reading erotica, or using erotic materials can be part of therapy to enhance desire and arousal.
This is a structured series of touching exercises that can help individuals or couples increase intimacy and reduce anxiety related to physical touch.
trauma informed sex+ therapy
For individuals who have experienced sexual trauma, therapy may involve specialized techniques to address trauma-related symptoms and improve sexual well-being.
How can Sex Therapy Help you?
Addressing Sexual Dysfunction: Sex therapy can help individuals and couples address issues such as erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, anorgasmia, and painful intercourse by identifying the underlying causes and providing strategies to improve sexual function.
Enhancing Communication: Effective communication is vital for a satisfying sex life. Sex therapy can teach couples how to communicate openly and honestly about their desires, boundaries, and concerns, leading to better understanding and connection.
Improving Relationship Satisfaction: Sex therapy often includes relationship counseling, which can help couples work through conflicts and strengthen their emotional bond. A healthier relationship can contribute to a more satisfying sex life.
Reducing Anxiety and Performance Pressure: Many people experience anxiety related to sexual performance or body image. Sex therapy can provide tools to manage anxiety and reduce the pressure associated with sex.
Exploring Sexual Fantasies and Desires: Sex therapists create a safe space for individuals and couples to explore their sexual fantasies and desires, helping them understand and embrace their unique preferences.
Supporting LGBTQ+ Individuals: Sex therapy can offer specialized support for LGBTQ+ individuals, including addressing concerns related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and coming out.
Navigating Life Transitions: Major life events such as childbirth, menopause, or aging can impact sexual health. Sex therapy can help individuals and couples adapt to these changes and find ways to maintain a fulfilling sex life.
Enhancing Intimacy: Sex therapy focuses on more than just physical aspects; it also promotes emotional and psychological intimacy. This can lead to a deeper emotional connection between partners.
Empowering Individuals: Sex therapy empowers individuals to take control of their sexual health and well-being. It helps them make informed choices and advocate for their own desires and boundaries.
Education and Prevention: Sex therapy provides education on sexual health, contraception, and sexually transmitted infections, helping individuals make informed decisions to prevent health problems.
Dealing with Trauma: For individuals who have experienced sexual trauma or abuse, sex therapy can provide trauma-informed care to address trauma-related symptoms and regain a sense of control and safety in their sexual experiences.