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Frequently Asked Questions:
Sex Therapy

Do you take insurance?

We do not participate in insurance networks or file insurance claims. If your health insurance provides out-of-network coverage and you plan to file insurance claims, we will provide billing statements for you to submit to your insurer.

How often do we meet?

Therapy is most effective when it is conducted on a regular and consistent basis. As such, therapy appointments occur at least every other week at the beginning of treatment. Over time, some patients choose to have less frequent appointments as symptoms lessen and their therapy goals are met. 

What is sex therapy?
 

Sex therapy is a specialty in the field of psychotherapy which focuses on addressing specific sexual concerns. Sex therapists address issues of sexual dysfunction or distress around sex which can include:

  • low sexual desire or unequal interest in sex between partners

  • sexual arousal issues

  • performance concerns

  • inability or difficulty with orgasm

  • sexual pain disorders

  • concerns with compulsive sexual behavior/sex addiction

  • BDSM, kink, and fetish focused psychotherapy

  • Issues of sexual identity and questions around arousal patterns

What is the difference between a sex therapist and a “regular therapist”?

At least 150 hours of sexual health / sexuality education, 50+ hours of sex therapy supervision, and specialized sex therapy training differentiates a Certified Sex Therapist from a “regular therapist”. Certified Sex therapists are first trained as general licensed psychotherapists (marriage and family therapists, etc.) and then as sex therapists. The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) is the organization that certifies Certified Sex Therapists (CSTs).

Does a sex therapist provide marriage counseling?

Generally speaking, yes. Communication problems often arise in relationships which need professional help. Many relationship issues are expressed through your sexual relationship, parenting styles, handling of finances, organization styles, etc. Certified Sex therapists are often also trained in relational concerns and can help you address unequal power dynamics and conflict in your relationship.

What are common symptoms that sex therapy treats?

  • Pain during sex

  • Lack of sexual desire

  • Reduced Libido

  • Lack of lubrication, arousal issues

  • Difficulty or inability to orgasm

  • Premature ejaculation

  • Erectile dysfunction or inability to maintain an erection

  • Sexual abuse or trauma

  • Sexual identity exploration

  • Unequal sex drives between partners

  • Lack of sex between partners

  • Difficulty communicating around sexual matters

Can you refer me if I have a medical issue relating to sexual health?

Yes. Medical professionals and sex therapists often work together to achieve successful outcomes in treatment. If medical consultation or consultation with other sexuality professionals is necessary, this can be arranged. This may mean a consultation with a gynecologist, pelvic floor specialist, or urologist to discuss problems with the prostate, genital blood flow, hormone levels or other genital functioning.

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