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Key Benefits of Sex Therapy

  • Enhancement of your sex life
  • Gaining new sexuality education and information
  • Overcoming taboos and sexual difficulties
  • Improving communication with your partner about your sexual desires

Facts about Sex Therapy By Krista A. Bloom, PhD, LCSW; Board Certified Clinical Sexologist

One of the most common questions I am asked is “What is sex therapy?”


What sex therapy IS

  • Sex therapy is a treatment method which involves helping people who are having difficulty with sexual functioning
  • Sex therapy is an internationally recognized profession known for its successful treatment of sexual disorders
  • One goal is to relieve sexual symptoms causing a person or couple distress
  • Another goal is to improve overall sexual satisfaction  and functioning for those who seek it
  • The sex therapist combines psychotherapy with a combination of prescribed homework exercises to alleviate symptoms
  • Sex therapists are recognized as professionals in the State of Florida.  
  • Sex therapists must be licensed as a psychotherapist and obtain specialty training and supervision


What sex therapy IS NOT

  • Sex therapy is not imposed, but chosen by those in distress
  • Sex therapy does not involve any sexual activity between clients and therapists
  • Sex therapy does not allow sexual behaviors to take place in the office
  • Sex therapy is not in any way inappropriate, but is respectful and nonjudgmental


How common are sexual problems, and why do they exist?  

According to the National Health and Life Survey (1999), over forty percent of women and over thirty percent of men in the U.S. who responded reported some difficulties with sexual function.  Sexual problems can be related to physical, psychological, or relational factors, such as chronic pain, medical conditions, medication side effects, a history sexual abuse, a sense of shame related to social/familial taboos, or sexual dysfunction of a life partner.  Some people experience difficulty due to a lack of information about sexuality, or the inability to know what their wants and needs are and how to communicate those.  


What are some examples of sexual disorders?

Low sexual desire

Erectile Dysfunction

Gender Identity Disorder

Inability to experience orgasm

Sexual avoidance

Premature Ejaculation

Engaging in unusual sex practices

Distress about sexual performance or sexual orientation


Who can benefit from sex therapy?

A person can benefit from sex therapy if they have any sexual problems that are causing them distress, if they are dissatisfied with their sex life, if they want to learn about their sexual self, or if they have difficulty communicating their sexual needs and desires.