I specialize in sex therapy. This means that I help people with a wide variety of problems relating to their experience of sexuality.
Sex therapy is helpful for people who want:
- A thorough assessment of a sexual concern, including the medical, emotional, cultural, relationship, and lifestyle factors that contribute to it.
- A treatment approach that is based on the latest science and involves coordination of care with other professionals, such as physicians, physical therapists, or counselors.
Effective sex therapy provides:
- A calming, confidential environment where honest discussions about sexuality take place.
- Respect for deeply held beliefs about sexuality and relationships, and therapy that works within a client’s personal value system.
- Sexuality education that fills in gaps in knowledge and empowers clients to improve their sexual comfort, function, and pleasure.
You have the right to be treated by somebody who’s an expert in sexuality. Far more than being “open-minded” or “comfortable talking about sex”, we sex therapists really do have years of training that has provided us with knowledge and skills that go far above and beyond what other therapists have. More expensive? Yes, perhaps, though perhaps not in the long run. Worth it even if it is? That’s a safe bet. Sexuality is important. It’s upsetting when it’s a problem. The stress, shame, and sadness really can impact somebody’s quality of life.
Ask any sex therapist what they love about their specialty and two answers you’re likely to get are that it’s challenging and that it’s rewarding. Both. Intellectually and emotionally, it’s challenging and rewarding work. Sexual problems very often respond to skilled, targeted therapeutic interventions, the kind that we learn about once we embark on our path to become experts in sexual health. We’ve got research to guide us. Colleagues to consult. We know where to go to find the answers that our clients seek. Like it is for anybody who works in consulting, it’s our client’s job to bring us seemingly unsolvable problems. We take in the details, sort them out, apply what we know about what works and what doesn’t, and we’re usually able to find the path forward.