WHY SEE A SEX THERAPIST?
A sex therapist uses specialised clinical skills and theoretical knowledge to help people deal with their sexual difficulties or concerns.
Sex therapists are qualified counsellors or healthcare professionals who have had extensive training in human sexuality.
Sexual issues can often cause distress and conflict in relationships and sex therapists can assist you with these difficulties.
Some sexual concerns include:
- Lack of sexual knowledge or education
- Erectile and/or ejaculation difficulties
- Performance anxiety and lack of confidence
- Problems reaching orgasm
- Low sexual desire concerns for both men and women
- Intimacy problems
- Relationship and marriage difficulties
- Painful intercourse
- Sexual problems or changes due to illness, ageing, surgery or stress
- Sexual addiction/compulsive sexual behaviours
- Sexual trauma
- Cross dressing or other fetishes
- Gender identity issues
WHAT IS SEX THERAPY?
Sex therapy is a specialized form of professional counselling that focuses on addressing the sexual concerns, sexual functioning and sexual expression of human beings. Many people have problems with sexual issues at some point in their life and these issues can often cause distress and unhappiness within their relationships.
Studies have shown that a positive relationship between the therapist and client is very important for effective therapy so it is important to choose carefully.
In Australia sex therapy is not regulated yet by the government. This means untrained and inexperienced people can call themselves sex therapists.
ASSERT NSW has a list of accredited professional members who have to comply with rigorous criteria. They have to show evidence of high level skills as practicing sex therapy counsellors or therapists, have ongoing supervision and engage in further education such as workshops, conferences, seminars and reading academic journals or books related to sex therapy.
For more information about the criteria, please click on this link.
Our members have professional indemnity insurance and must be committed to upholding our strict codes of conduct.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A SEX THERAPY SESSION?
Your therapist will take a detailed history by asking questions in order to get an idea about your concerns and to help you get a better understanding of it. The therapist will develop strategies and goals to work with these issues and a treatment plan may be proposed.
Each therapy session is completely confidential.
There are many different therapeutic models used by sex therapists in Australia. Therapists usually show their mode of counselling on their website or you can discuss it by contacting them.
There are no rules as to which mode your therapist will use but what is important is that the therapy suits you and you can see that things are improving.
Accredited sex therapists are listed by area on the ASSERT NSW website under Find a Practitioner.
COST OF SEX THERAPY
There is no set fee for sex therapy sessions, you will need to discuss that when you make an appointment enquiry with the therapist.