Here's Everything You Need to Know About Sex Therapy


A couple gazes at each other with desire while lying in bed after successfully completing sex therapy

If you’re struggling with issues surrounding intimacy, opening up to a total stranger about it probably sounds really unappealing, but sex therapy is actually tremendously helpful in resolving challenges in the bedroom and beyond. Here’s what you should know.

Key takeaways:

  • Almost half of women and 31% of men live with some type of sexual dysfunction.

  • Many factors affect your sex life, including your physical and mental health, stress, trauma history, parenting responsibilities, and other factors.

  • Sex therapy is a form of talk therapy that helps you explore your sexuality in a safe space.

  • It addresses a wide range of concerns that include sexual identity, sexual trauma, premature ejaculation, performance anxiety, intimacy challenges, and difficulty orgasming, among others.

  • Finding a sex therapist who is a good fit for you and the issue you’re seeking help with is important.

  • Preparing for your appointment can help you make the most of your time with your therapist.

  • Your treatment plan will be a collaborative effort between you and your therapist.

Talking about intimacy issues can seem intimidating and isolating – it might seem like everyone but you has a satisfying sex life. But, that’s far from true. Sexual dysfunction is actually pretty prevalent, affecting nearly 43% of women and 31% of men.


There are many reasons people struggle sexually, from physical and mental health issues to stress, trauma, parenting responsibilities, and more. Sex therapy can help you get back on track if you’re feeling a bit burned out in the bedroom.


So, what even is sex therapy? Who can benefit from it? And, what should you know about it before you start? We explain.


What is sex therapy?


Sex therapy is a form of psychotherapy, or talk therapy, that can help you explore your sexuality in a safe space. Despite its name, there’s no sexual activity involved with your therapist – that would be wildly inappropriate and unethical.


Sex therapy can help address a wide range of concerns that include sexual identity, sexual trauma, intimacy challenges, and difficult orgasming. You don’t have to be in a relationship to get it either – anyone can attend at any time.


Sex therapists receive specialized training to assist with a variety of issues. Some of the many areas sex therapists address include:

Starting sex therapy may sound intimidating – but it’s far more uncomfortable to keep living an unfulfilling and unsatisfying sex life.


Reasons for sex therapy


There are many reasons someone seeks out sex therapy. It can be due to sexual dysfunction issues, such as difficulties orgasming or challenges in your current sexual relationship. Areas of concern may include:

  • Erectile functioning

  • Performance anxiety

  • Premature ejaculation

  • Impulsive/compulsive sexual behavior

  • Difficulty with sexual arousal/low libido

  • Difficulty orgasming (anorgasmia)

  • History of past sexual trauma, such as rape

  • Intimacy issues due to disability or chronic conditions

  • Painful intercourse (dyspareunia)

  • Concerns about sexual desire/arousal

  • Concerns about sexual interests/sexual orientation

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