What is Sex Therapy?
Many people ask what sex therapy is. Sex therapy is counselling and therapy focused on human sexuality and its problem. In Australia, sex therapy is also referred to under number of other names: psychosexual therapy, sex counselling, and sexual health counselling. A sex therapist is sometimes called a psychosexual therapist, sex counsellor, or even sexologist. All these terms are the same – just different words. Some sex therapists also provide sex coaching.
Sex therapy is a specialist therapy. A sex therapist is a specialist in human sexuality. A sex therapist may be a counsellor or psychotherapist, a nurse, a medical practitioner, a social worker, a nurse, or even a psychologist. A sex therapist has undergone specialist training after they initially qualify as a helping professional.
Sex therapy resolves sexual problems and issues by specifically addressing them. Sex therapists do not believe that sex will just fall into place for people, even when in relationship. My practice experience says this is not true. Singles and couples have attended therapy because they have realised sex is not like breathing, it not an activity which we do automatically.
Sex therapist have a greater understanding of human sexuality, including sexual anatomy, response and practices. This specialist knowledge is above personal opinion or personal experiences. Sex therapists train and learn about the varieties in human sexuality and variations in sexual response and activity. Sex therapist will work with other professionals (medical practitioners, urologists, physiotherapist, and gynaecologists) to ensure their clients get the best treatment for their issues.
Sex therapists will listen to you in a non-judgemental way and assist you to explore the sexual issue or problem in professional therapeutic way. Sex therapists know ways to help people develop tools and skills to address sexual issues and develop ways to maintain a healthy sexuality. A sex therapist develops an individualised treatment plan for each person or couple. This ensures they are meeting your needs in the best way possible using best methods to develop new strategies.
Sex therapy is a great way for you develop an understanding about your sexuality and how to express your sexual self in a healthy way. Always remember a healthy life includes a healthy sex life.
Dr Christopher Fox is a Psychosexual and Relationship Therapist at Sex Life Therapy in Melbourne. He has clinics in East Melbourne and Frankston.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this document should be read as general in nature and is only to provide an overview of the subject matter covered. Please see a an appropriate practitioner if you have any concerns.