Do Sex Therapists Only Work with Sexuality Issues?
It depends on the therapist. Many therapists have training in other areas such as treatment of anxiety, depression, family issues, substance abuse to name a few. Generally sex therapy is a sub specialty for a licensed therapist.
Does A Sex Therapist Have Sex With Their Clients?
No! This is illegal and unethical. A sex therapist will not touch you, or have expectations of a sexual relationship with you. A sex therapist is a trained and licensed mental health professional such as a social worker, psychologist, marriage and family therapist or licensed counselor. After completing a graduate degree the therapist then seeks out additional specialized training, and supervision, in the diagnosis and treatment of sexuality issues. While sex therapy often includes the explicit discussion of sexual material, and the interventions offered are often sexual in nature, to be explored in the privacy of ones home with ones self or ones partner, there will never be any form of sexual interaction with the therapist.
Can you refer me if I have a medical issue relating to sexual health?
Yes. Medical professionals and therapists often work together to achieve a successful outcome in treatment. If medical consultation or consultation with other sexuality professionals is necessary, this can be arranged. For women this may mean a consultation with a gynecologist, pelvic floor specialist or other provider to explore issues relating to sexual pain or inadequate lubrication. For men, this may include consulting with a urologist to discuss problems with the prostate, genital blood flow, testosterone levels or other genital functioning.
What is Sexual Dysfunction?
Many individuals with sexual dysfunction Erectile Dysfunction or Female Sexual Dysfunction tend to wait months or even years before seeking a proper diagnosis and treatment. The embarrassment often associated with a sexual disorder makes it difficult to discuss sexual issues and to bring them to the attention of professionals working in the field of sexual medicine. In spite of the increasing prevalence of sexual difficulties, there is often the hope that such problems will resolve themselves without medical or psychological attention. Unfortunately, this is seldom the case.
When a sexual difficulty has persisted for a period of months or years it has often taken a significant toll on both individuals in a relationship. For the individual who is experiencing the difficulty, there may be feelings of embarrassment, shame, inadequacy and even failure. For the partner of a person with a sexual dysfunction, it is not uncommon to also see a variety of feelings and reactions to the problem. In times of such stress, it is not uncommon for communication to be at a minimum or even nonexistent.
Although new diagnostic procedures and medical advances are helpful in finding a successful resolution to many sexual dysfunctions, a resolution of the emotional consequences may be more gradual and difficult to achieve. Feelings of hurt, loss, rejection or resentment may persist even after a medical solution has been achieved. In cases where the emotional stress and relationship issues have been more significant, talking with a sex therapist about these areas may be helpful.