When you break your leg, you go to a doctor; when your sex life is off track, you seek out a sex therapist. These psychiatrists, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, or clinical social workers have special training in handling sexual intimacy issues. They do not perform sex or have any physical contact with their clients, and can work with medical and surgical specialists to address possible medical causes of sex problems. You can attend sex therapy alone or with your partner. Some studies show that sex therapy is more effective when both partners participate from the beginning.
Your sex therapist will ask you to be open about your sexual history and experiences. They will also want to know about your masturbation habits and how you express sexual desire and affection. Some sex therapists also focus on treating sexual addiction and unwanted sexual fetishes. They can also help you navigate challenges related to your sexual orientation and gender identity.
If you are seeking a sex therapist, start by reviewing their CV. It’s important to find one who is licensed and has sufficient supervised hours. You can also check with the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) to see if they’re certified.