Sexual Problems

A sexual problem, sometimes called a sexual dysfunction, is a problem during any phase of the sexual sexual act (such as desire, arousal or orgasm). Although many people experience trouble with sex at some point, it is a topic that many people are hesitant to discuss. There are a number of specific sexual disorders, including sexual desire disorders (low libido), sexual arousal disorders (inability to become aroused – erectile dysfunction or vaginal dryness, for example), orgasm disorders (delay or non-appearance of orgasms) and sexual pain disorders (painful intercourse, most commonly affecting women). A sexual problem can occur suddenly or develop slowly, over an extended period of time. The reasons for sexual problems can widely vary but may include factors such as fluctuating hormones, aging, stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, diet, medications, illness or past sexual trauma. If you are dealing with sexual problems, a qualified professional therapist can help you identify the cause and help you develop ways to cope. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s sexual problems experts today.

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Learn to shift your mindset and find happiness, confidence, and empowerment in your sexuality. Talking about your concerns with a knowledgable, supportive, and professional therapist can be a tremendous step toward wholeness — integrating all of the amazing parts that make you who you are. As your therapist, I support you, as you are right now, and as you work towards your goals. A life of more emotional and physical satisfaction is possible. Asking for help is the first step.

— Stacey Wright, Psychotherapist in Tucker, GA
 

You are not satisfied with what’s happening (or not happening) in your bedroom. You would like more sexual intimacy in your relationship with your partner but every time you ask for it, it blows up in your face. You are struggling with performance anxiety or sexual pain and you’ve been avoiding having sex all together. Is low libido or a sexual dysfunction keeping you from enjoying your sex life? Then, let’s get to work!

— Eleni Economides, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Rochester, NY

Sex therapy includes addressing a wide array of concerns, such as difficulty with orgasm, sexual or pelvic pain, and problems achieving or maintaining an erection. Couples often meet with a Sex Therapist to work out tension or conflicts about how often and in what ways they want to have sex. I take a practical approach to work with individual clients and with couples who want to make improvements in their sex lives. The foundation of Sex Therapy includes giving people basic educational information and access to resources as a first step. If that doesn't result in the changes you want to make, then we consider more specific suggestions that are tailored to your particular problem. As you try the suggestions and recommendations of the therapist, hopefully you see improvement. If not, then we know more reflective or intensive therapy is indicated.

— Kate McNulty, Clinical Social Worker in ,
 

Generally speaking, sex therapy is the treatment of sexual dysfunctions. However, most of the time this type of therapy is not limited to only sexual issues with your partner. The purpose of sex therapy is to deepen an individual or couple’s understanding of one another’s needs and desires in preparation for intimacy and/or pleasure. Scientifically speaking, sex therapy is found to be beneficial for both couples and single individuals of any sexual orientation.

— Filippo M. Forni, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Struggles with sexual functioning and pleasure stem from traumatic events, health issues, relational problems or social struggles. Sometimes people begin to discover new aspects of their sexuality that they had not previously been aware of. Sex therapy often works to help people, through education and therapy, to develop a better relationship to their bodies, history, desires and relationship with their intimate partners in more open and honest ways.

— Joseph Winn, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Concord, MA
 

Sexual shame, sexual pain, sexual desire are often culprits to disturbances in our sex lives. We work together to acknowledge the source of the mixed messages we received as children while being compassionate with ourselves. Together, using sex therapy strategies we will challenge, educate, and develop healthy pleasure practices.

— Janice Leonard, Licensed Professional Counselor in Plano, TX

Many of us were raised to view sex as taboo; a topic that is not discussed openly. This attitude, in turn, has led to many people suffering in silence. Whether your concerns are related to sexual trauma, internalized ideas of what sex "should" be, or mismatches of libido in relationships, I feel that the first step is vocalizing your experience in a safe, non-judgmental space. I will honor your trust in me and provide support and tools to enhance your sexual expression.

— Jennifer Beltz (Catharsis Counseling LLC), Licensed Professional Counselor in Eugene, OR
 

The majority of my clients come in experiencing a "desire discrepancy"-- meaning one partner wants more sex than the other, however, I can treat a number of other sexual challenges.

— Keli Dean, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Loveland, CO

It's easy to understand why anyone would have sexual problems. No one teaches us how to be healthy sexual beings. We're taught all kinds of stuff that's wrong and we have to make up a lot of what we do by trial and error. It's a silly way to learn something so vital to our lives. I'm sure that whatever you struggle with is common. It won't surprise me. Come see me to find out what no one would teach you in a safe caring way.

— Eddie Reece, Licensed Professional Counselor in Alpharetta, GA

Sexual health & dysfunction - Addressing emotional, physical, and biological concerns related to sexual intimacy and functioning; education and skill building around topics such as erectile dysfunction, orgasms, low libido, shame, and history of abuse; improving communication to realize a fulfilling sex life

— Chelsea Newton, Clinical Social Worker in Golden, CO
 

Infidelity/affairs/cheating, pain with intercourse, lack of desire or interest in sex, improving communication about sex, overcoming past sexual abuse or trauma, enhancing current sex life, resuming sex after baby, troubling fantasies, non-monogamy/open relationships, exploring sexual orientation or gender identity, poly relationships, kink, among others

— Corrin Voeller, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in St. Louis Park, MN

I love talking about sex. I love helping people have great sex. Our society is filled with shame about our bodies and sex that many of my clients have never talked about it with anyone, including their sexual partners. Society has sexualized all touch and made it so people feel like sex is the only place they can be touched. Many of our relationship issues and stressors impact our sex lives and prevent us from feeling connected and fulfilled in our interactions. I'm also supportive of asexuality

— Tia (Christia) Young, Counselor
 

Our sexuality is at the core of who we are as humans, and where we came from – it is our life force. It’s also at the core of our own identity. So many of us are searching for who we truly are. We’re so encapsulated in who we should be being for others, that we end up losing ourselves. Our desire for unconditional love from another supersedes our need for physical connection. Emotion trumps sexuality. What goes on within our mind shuts down the abilities of our body.

— Catalina Lawsin, Psychologist in Beverly Hills, CA

I am a trained sex therapist, along with being a Certified Sex Offense Treatment Provider. I was trained at the Joseph J. Peters Institute in Philadelphia and conduct forensic psychosexual evaluations for pre and post release individuals with sexual offense charges or convictions. I work with individuals and couples to address a broad array of sexual issues, from paraphilic interests to erectile dysfunction.

— Jan Tate, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Mebane, NC
 

You are not satisfied with what’s happening (or not happening) in your bedroom. You would like more sexual intimacy in your relationship with your partner but every time you ask for it, it blows up in your face. You are struggling with performance anxiety or sexual pain and you’ve been avoiding having sex all together. Is low libido or a sexual dysfunction keeping you from enjoying your sex life? Then, let’s get to work! Contact me for a 15 minute FREE consultation today!

— Eleni Economides, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Rochester, NY

If you’re feeling sexually unsatisfied you may experience painful intercourse, decreased desire, or difficulty with orgasm. While addressing sexual dissatisfaction in therapy we will work together to understand your sexual response and anatomy, identify factors that keep you feeling “stuck” or unfulfilled, and build your comfort with engaging in sexual or intimate experiences. Let's work together to build your sexual self-confidence and learn what healthy sexual expression looks like for you!

— Jessica Byrd, Counselor in Tempe, AZ
 

I have extensive training working with sexual and gender related issues such as: erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, difficulty with orgasm, painful sex, mismatched sex drive among partners, questioning sexuality, gender dysphoria, coming out, sexual trauma, sexual compulsivity, shame and performance anxiety. I provide in-depth sexual-assessments to help you discover the root of the presenting sexual problem, and can help you and your partner have a more fulfilling sex life.

— Meghan Cleveland, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

I have specialized training in sex therapy and have extensive experience with paraphilia-related disorders, sexual health concerns, desire discrepancy issues, erectile/ ejaculation issues and sexual pain.

— Alana Ogilvie, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR