Sexual Health Therapy + Sexuality Counseling

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You may be wondering… “what is sexual health therapy / sexuality counseling?” Sexual Health Therapy sometimes referred to: Sexuality Counseling is similar to other forms of talk therapy, with the exception that your therapist is well versed, trained, and/or currently in supervision / AASECT approved training to treat sexual issues.

Individuals and couples enroll in sexual health therapy for a variety of reasons. Sexual health therapy can assist you in deepening your level of intimacy, explore the worlds of kink or polyamory, or treat a sexual issue such as erectile dysfunction, concerns related to sexual arousal or desire, and more. Sexual health therapy can be effective for individuals of any age, gender or sexual orientation.


FAQ’s about Sexual Health Therapy + Sexuality Counseling

 

Typically short term in duration, with a limited number of sessions. However, treatment plans depend on the concerns and goals being addressed.

How long will I need to attend?

 

Sexual Health Therapy / Sexuality Counseling can be utilized as a tool to combat and treat a variety of conditions and concerns, such as:

  • Concerns about sexual interests or sexual orientation

  • Concerns about sexual desire or arousal

  • Impulsive or compulsive sexual behavior

  • Erectile functioning concerns

  • Ejaculating early (premature ejaculation)

  • Difficulty with sexual arousal

  • Trouble reaching orgasm (anorgasmia)

  • Painful intercourse (dyspareunia)

  • Intimacy issues related to a disability or chronic condition

  • Concerns regarding past unwanted sexual experiences or trauma

  • Concerns related to navigating "kinky" sexuality (leather, BDSM, fetish, polyamory, etc.)

What kinds of concerns or disorders can sexUal Health therapy treat?

 

Your therapist will certainly spend time discussing your concerns in detail during your first session together. However, therapy, at times, can be anxiety provoking for some folks, which can cause us to forget things. In order to ensure that your therapist fully understands your concerns, it may be helpful to write down the following information prior to your first appointment:

  • Details of your problem, including when it started, whether it's always present or comes and goes, professionals you've seen, and treatments you've tried and their outcomes

  • Key personal information, including your medical conditions and any major stresses or recent life changes

  • All medications that you're taking, including over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, other supplements or herbal preparations, and their dosages

  • Any questions that you want to ask your therapist about your sexual concerns or the therapeutic process

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How can I prepare for my first appointment?

 

Your therapist will do their best to ensure that you feel comfortable, affirmed and supported. However, the topic of sex and sexuality can be challenging and overwhelming for people to talk about. Many clients report shame and discomfort while initially discussing their sexual health and experiences. It’s not surprising, as we are constantly bombarded with mixed messages about sex and sexuality. Your therapist will offer you a sense of nonjudgmental and empathy as you explore sexual topics in a safe space at your own pace.

Space Between Counseling Services is a sex-positive practice, meaning we believe in equal rights for consenting adults who engage in alternative sexual and relationship expressions.

Will I be comfortable?

 

While the course and pace of therapy is different for everyone, it is likely that you will begin sex therapy by describing your specific sexual concerns, history and other relating factors such as other potentially related medical concerns, medication, and trauma history.

If you're actively in a romantic relationship, it's usually most helpful to involve your partner in meetings with your sex therapist. You’ll likely receive exercises to complete together, both in session and a “homework”, such as:

  • Communication exercises with your partner

  • Utilizing mindfulness techniques that may help you and your partner slow and focus on what you’re sensing during intimate encounters

  • Reading articles or studies related to sexual health

  • Watching educational videos about sexual health

  • Changing the way you interact with your partner both sexually and nonsexually through verbal and nonverbal communication

As sexual health therapy progresses, you can use your home experiences to further identify and refine the issues you'd like to work on.

What should I expect?

 

Do you offer sexual coaching?

No. Sexual coaching that involves physical contact is not part of mainstream sexUAL Health therapy and is against the ethics of licensed mental health professionals.


Susan Stork, LCPC

Currently Enrolled in the University of Michigan’s Sexual Health Certificate Program Cohort 2019-2020

Currently Under the Supervision of Dr. Neil P. Cannon, Ph.D.

Dr. Neil Cannon is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Supervisor of Sex Therapy in Denver, Colorado. In addition to Neil's private practice, Neil is a Professor of Marriage & Family Therapy at the University of Michigan and the Denver Family Institute.

American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists, MEMBER ONLY 1351397