There is much misunderstanding about this term, so let’s clarify. A sexologist is a specialised health professional which has advanced knowledge and training in the field of sexuality. They provide a specialist and multifaceted approach to helping individuals and couples understand, improve, and resolve their sexual difficulties (1).
Sex therapy techniques have shown great effectiveness and may include psychotherapy approaches, psychoeducation, sensate focus, mindfulness, mirror exercises, communication skills or work with fantasy (to name a few) (2).
So, why see a sex therapist? There are so many reasons! Some of these might include:
- You and/or your partners/s are experiencing sexual concerns
- You are wanting to improve your sexual relationship/s
- You and your partner/s are experiencing differing levels of desire (mismatched libido/desire discrepancy)
- Erectile concerns (e.g. rapid ejaculation or inability to attain or maintain an erection)
- Inability to orgasm (anorgasmia)
- Painful sex
- Porn use that feels problematic
- Looking to explore your sexuality and sexual attraction
- Looking to explore your feelings about your gender and affirming gender identity
- Struggling with poor body or genital image
- Needing help coping with a sexually transmitted infection (STI)
- Wanting to unpack the unrealistic societal expectations of gender and sexuality and relationships
- Setting and maintaining sexual boundaries and safety
Sex therapists generally have Master’s or doctoral degree. If you are looking for a sex therapist, be sure to check their credentials and if they are accredited from professional organisation such as the Society of Australian Sexologists or American Board of Sexology. Alternatively, feel free to book an introductory session with me.
1. Campbell C. Contemporary sex therapy: skills in managing sexual problems. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group; 2020.
2. Peterson ZD, Muehlenhard CL. What Is sex and why does it matter? A motivational approach to exploring individuals’ definitions of sex. Journal of Sex Research. 2007;44(3):256-68.