Sexual Therapy

Female Orgasm Most Americans know what therapy is, and what sex is. But surprisingly enough most don't know what sexual therapy is.

This article discusses the basics of sexual therapy and describes its utility in treating sexual disorders.

What is sexual therapy?

Sexual therapy is a couple-based type of therapy. The couple being treated goes to a therapist's office. The therapist administers a sexual task and thoroughly explains the task to the couple. Then the couple returns home and completes the task.

Sexual tasks are intended to reduce inhibitions and therefore enhances coping with sexual anxieties. The shared tasks build up a stronger sexual bond between the partners, and enhances normal sexual response.

A full sexual therapy course of treatment varies from five to ten visits to the sexual therapist's office.

In certain cases, where deep-rooted psychological issues or marital problems coexist with sexual problems, counseling or marital therapy may cojointly occur with sexual therapy.

Characteristics of sexual therapy

Sexual therapists treat a couple, rather than an individual. An individual partner is not considered to be the sufferer. There are no uninvolved partners when sexual problems exist in a relationship.

Approximately 20% of sexual problems can be solved with medication or other physical treatments. The vast majority require sexual therapy or counseling to be remedied.

People involved in sexual therapy can best help themselves by having honest and open communication with their partner. This communication makes every facet of the relationship better. An open mind and a willingness to explore and learn about sex and about one another is another important quality that will enhance a couple's relationship significantly.

Do I need sexual therapy?

If you think you need sexual therapy, you definitely have a problem. But sexual therapy might not be the best answer.

First you must evaluate exactly what your symptoms are. Use this checklist to start documenting the specifics. This process helps isolate the causes of your problem and will be invaluable for you as well as for a sexual therapist:

  • What, exactly, is happening? What are the symptoms?
  • When did it start?
  • Have your habits, including diet, work habits, sleep, medications etc. changed recently? List all changes.
  • Have your feelings about your partner changed recently? If so, why?
  • Have your feelings about yourself changed recently?
  • Have you experienced an illness?
  • Are you sexually satisfied with your partner? If not, how long has it been since you've felt sexually satisfied?

Talk to your partner about your feelings. Remember - an open, honest dialogue with your partner is necessary for a healthy sexual relationship. The decision to undergo sexual therapy requires the willingness and cooperation of both partners.

A variety of self-help books is available to help you understand and work on your issues. Sexual therapy can always be a back-up if working on your problems as a couple doesn't work. Remember - communicate!

Read about female sexual dysfunction, or female sexual arousal disorder.