Sexual therapy is a form of counselling for individuals to address their concerns about sex-related problems and issues. Problems and issues do not always have to do with sexual performance concerns but can also include mental health concerns regarding sexual feelings, intimacy, sexual orientation, gender, and other such things.
Can sexual therapy help with sexual arousal issues?
Yes, sexual therapy can help you discover why you are experiencing sexual arousal issues. Sexual arousal is not just men that are experiencing erectile dysfunction either. Many women can experience sexual arousal issues during sexual interactions too.
Additionally, sexual arousal issues can include concerns where one is excessively sexually aroused for no apparent reasons or at times that might seem inappropriate.
How can sexual therapy help address intimacy issues?
Sexual therapy helps you determine what is causing intimacy issues and learn how to overcome those in a safe and supportive environment. Intimacy issues often stem from our own perceptions of our body image.
If we have a negative body image, then intimacy can be a concern. Even when we have a positive body image, we can still have problems being intimate with others. For instance, we might be more judgmental towards our partner and their body image.
Does sexual therapy address sexual addictions?
Yes, sexual therapy can help you explore potential sexual addictions that you may have. For instance, some people might be addicted to pornography to enjoy sex. Other people may have compulsive sexual behaviours or engage in riskier sexual encounters because they are addicted to the act of sex.
Just like other addictions, eventually, the addict moves from simple curiosity to engaging in behaviours that give them the “rush of a thrill,” like cheating on their partner. Learning how to manage sexual addictions can also help improve personal relationships that are suffering.
Can I get help with a traumatic sexual experience with sexual therapy?
Sexual therapy is also for addressing traumatic sexual experiences that occurred recently or in the past. It is not uncommon for someone to not deal with the trauma immediately or put it off for a long time.
Eventually, that trauma can affect our ability to engage in sexual behaviours and intimacy with someone we love and care about. By exploring what caused the trauma and working through it in a safe and secure environment, sexual therapy can help us learn how to let go, not blame ourselves, and be able to move forward.
Can I talk to a sex therapist if I am confused about my gender or sexual orientation?
Yes, taking to a sex therapist when you feel confused about your gender or sexual orientation can be a big help. You can openly share your feelings without any judgments while exploring why you feel that way.
To schedule a virtual or in-office sexual therapy session in Toronto and the GTA, please feel free to contact, Ellen Starr by calling 416-488-3102 today! I have over 27 years counselling experience helping individuals and couples with a wide range of issues, including sexual ones.