Sexuality | Sex Therapy

 
 

There are many taboos and misunderstandings about sex and sexuality. Within the context of couples therapy/marriage counseling, sex counseling focuses on the experience between the people within the counseling office, your therapist is there to guide you, not be a participant!

One common misconception is that sex should come naturally, be easy, and require minimal effort. The reality is that while some people may be that way, others are not. 

Sex therapy or counseling - why would I do that?

There are many reasons why individuals, and folks in relationships, seek out marriage therapy and couples counseling for sex and sexuality. Below, you'll find some exceedingly common reasons people seek out couples counseling as it relates to sex and sexuality.

  • performance issues, such as erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and arousal issues

  • sexual desire issues, such as mismatched desires or having little to no desire

  • creativity and play

  • boredom in the bedroom

  • guilt about desires

  • faking orgasms and wanting to be honest

  • guilt around sex

  • trauma, such as past rapes or assaults

  • co-morbid medical issues, such as impact of medical issues on current sex life for either or all partners

I'm nervous. What can we expect?

This is a great question. You can expect a few things.

  • Honest and candid conversations about sex. This sounds easy and simple, but it's very difficult for people. If you're used to not talking about sex, your own sex life, your experience around sex, orgasms, toys, your desires or fantasies, or anything of the life, then this can be extremely scary. The goal is that we slowly have the conversations that are necessary to your healing.

  • Support in having these conversations. This seems like the same things as point one, but what we mean is that we're going to help you have the honest and candid conversations. Part of relationship counseling includes learning how to say things effectively, listen with attentiveness, and really try to understand where your partner(s) is coming from. Relationship counseling can, and should, help immensely with that. We're not just going to throw you to the wolves and make you dive right into a difficult conversation. Rather, we're going to help lead you down the path of difficult dialogue with support and guidance.

  • Keeping your clothes on. There will never be a time during session that yours or anyone else’s clothes will come off. Your therapist will never ask you to disrobe, nor will they disrobe in front of you. You will get the chance speak about your sex life in a way that you may have never done with anyone else. Our hope is that you become comfortable enough with your sexuality during session, that outside of therapy, you’ll have a much more fulfilling sex life.

 

More About The Center

The Center for Mental and Sexual Health helps the members of our community thrive!

The design of our practice is to meet the needs of our communities by offering a variety of counselors with diverse backgrounds and specialties. Our counselors all vary in their expertise, working with clients from 14 and up, on a wide range of issues. It is essential to us that we set you up to succeed and that we pair you with the therapist who will be the best fit for you. We are constantly growing our specialties through education and practice to provide quality therapy for those who seek it.

What Will You Pay for Counseling?

Counseling is a fee for service program and The Center accepts all major forms of payment.

Initial and follow-up session costs $150 we don’t charge different rates, it’s just easier that way. You and your therapist will discuss the recommended number of sessions during your initial contact based on your unique situation.

The Center accepts certain Employee Assistance Programs. Typically, if you’re using this type of program, you’ve been referred to our practice. Please inquire with our intake specialists to see if your EAP is accepted.

Therapy is an investment in yourself and getting help with things that hold you back in your day to day life. With self-pay we are not required to have a diagnosis for continuing services and that takes away insurance companies control over you. This allows you to retain privacy and not deal with pre-existing conditions. We never share records with anyone you do not specify. If you do need to use your insurance to help with the cost of therapy, we can provide a superbill for you to submit to your insurance for Out of Network reimbursement of services.

Your Next Steps

It is completely within your reach to cultivate a life that brings you peace. You can find purpose and meaning in this new era and design a life around the things that are important to you.

Ultimately, taking responsibility for the outcome of your life is the surest sign you are ready to handle the variety of life. The Center for Mental and Sexual Health is here to help.

Call +1 (941) 444-0570, send an email to info@mentalandsexualhealth.com, or click the Request Appointment button below to schedule your counseling session today.