Your sexual health is important, but problems in that area are more common than you likely know. Like many people, you probably don’t feel entirely comfortable turning to your primary care physician or regular therapist about such issues. Even if you do, the problems you’re having may go beyond their particular skill sets.
Where Can You Turn When You’re Unhappy With Your Sex Life?
A sex therapist can help. Sexual health therapy is centered around the idea that healthy sexual behavior is an essential part of the human experience. Sex therapists are licensed mental health professionals who have specialized training and education that allows them to help both couples and individuals address the social, medical, psychological, and interpersonal issues that are interfering with their sexual satisfaction.
Alejandra Chayet, a AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, views sexual health as an essential part of human well-being. She says, “Understanding yourself as a sexual being and learning to explore your sexual identity as an individual or in your relationships is part of living your best life. Taking care of your sexual health is just as important as taking care of your mental, physical, and spiritual health.”
What Sort of Problems Can Sexual Health Therapy Address?
Like any other kind of therapy, the first thing a sex therapist will do is help you identify what troubles you about your sex life, what a satisfying sex life would be to you, and what barriers are getting in the way from achieving that goal.
Typically, sex therapy can address things like:
- Low libido or overall lack of interest in sex, problems with erectile dysfunction, difficulty achieve an orgasm, or pain with intercourse
- Communication problems between couples about their sexual expectations and needs, and the interplay between religion and spirituality with sex
- Sexual trauma and body image issues and how those relate to your sexual identity or experience as a sexual being
- The process of exploring gender identity and sexual orientation and creating a sex-positive environment in the home
Your sex therapist will listen to you describe your sexual problems and try to determine if there are physical or psychological problems. Together, you can explore your feelings and figure out a plan of action that will allow you to achieve your goals, whether that’s as an individual or in your relationship.
The bottom line is that you aren’t stuck with unfulfilling or unhappy sex life. Sexual health therapy can guide you in a positive direction.