Can Sex Therapy Help With Sexual Disorders?

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How can Sex Therapy Help You if You are having Issues with Sexual Disorders?

Can Sex Therapy Help With Sexual Disorders

The causes of sexual problems

Establishing the cause(s) of the issue can often be difficult as sometimes there is a single driving factor but at other times there may be multiple factors that serve to keep the problem in place. Possible drivers include:

  • A range of biological issues (acquired during the lifespan or congenital)
  • Family-of-origin attitudes towards sex
  • Past trauma
  • Current stressors (work, family, friends etc)
  • Psychological states of mind (including depression and anxiety)
  • Cultural influences
  • Current relationship quality
  • Past relationship occurrences
  • Sex education/sexual knowledge, and sexual compatibility
  • Body image issues relating to self
  • Self-esteem, general attitude and mood
  • Ability to sexually communicate (getting needs met, feelings of powerlessness etc)
  • Medications (over 100 currently known to impact on sexual functioning)
  • Menopause and aging. No impact for many people but research evidences that there may be impact for a percentage of the population

How sex therapy can help

Sandra Leiblum states in her book The Principles and Practices of Sex Therapy that sex therapy sometimes provides dramatic successes where the individual and/or the couple experience resolution in many of the initial areas of concern. However, there are times when the causes of the issue are numerous and far more complicated.

The role of the Sex Therapist is to complete a blueprint of all aspects of the issue, when it presents and what’s different about times when it does not present, timelines, the percentage of the time the condition presents, a brief history on other significant events that may have happened, details on general health and what has been tried in the past to manage the issue.

Once a driving factor has been identified a therapeutic plan can be established and implemented. Therapeutic approaches may include: implementing new ways of thinking (changing thought processes), physical exercises to complete at home, relationship counselling, managing intrusive aspects of the past or referral to a medical professional for further biological investigation. The pathway is totally dependant on the client and the condition. The length of therapy required also depends on the nature of the condition and the complexity.

The paramount point to note is that the sex therapy process should not be a stressful one.  Remember that sex therapists enter the field with a genuine interest in helping people achieve a happier sex life – this is what they discuss in their day to day work. Your sex therapist should help you feel relaxed enough to be able to discuss all aspects of your sexual discomfort to help you move forward and lead a rich, full and meaningful intimate life.