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.

Meet the specialists

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

I work with women who have sexual issues ranging from vaginismus to low libido to menopause-related symptoms. My goal is for every woman I work with to have as pleasurable of a sex life as she wants to have. I also work closely with an OBGYN who specializes in sexual pain issues, as often sexual issues have both physical and mental components.

— Brandie Sellers, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Allen, TX

We are all entitled to a healthy, safe, and creative relationship with our own bodies and our own sexuality, however we choose to express this. Many, if not most, of us live with unhealthy and unhelpful messages about sex and sexuality that we have downloaded from a toxic and shame-based culture. Others of us have the additional burden of surviving real trauma around sex, whether physical or emotional or both. I've made it a personal mission to help people overcome shame and sexual disconnection. I use both practical sex-education (most of us never got!) as well as gentle exploration of the emotional and symbolic sides of sex and sexuality to lead people to more healing, fulfillment, and joy in their sexual and intimate lives.

— jonathan burstein, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

In addition to being an Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in TX, I am also a Certified Sex Therapist through the Texas Sex Therapy Institute. I completed additional education and training in order to be competent to work with various sexual dysfunctions and sexual topics.

— Katherine Mitchell, Counselor in Houston, TX

I will help you to learn to assert your wants and needs not only in the bedroom but in your life. In therapy with me, can help you to embrace, embody and celebrate your body as a source of profound eroticism. Working with me, you can learn to experience your sexuality in a way that it merges with every aspect of your life. Awakening you tof eroticism that imbues your life with pleasure and confidence. So that your natural state of being is feeling alive and turned on all areas of your life.

— Meala Datura, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Mill Creek, WA

Sexuality and Sexual Health and Functioning Self-Esteem around Sex and Communicating Needs in the Relationship Issues around Sexual Abuse & Sexual Trauma Specializing in Male sexuality and intimacy issues, premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, delayed ejactualtion.

— Adrian Scharfetter, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Sacramento, CA

You just don't have the energy or desire you used to have. You struggle to feel confident, sexy or adequate. The thought of a sexual experience brings you anxiety and fear. What if you were living a life full of pleasure and desire? Your relationship and sexuality did not bring you stress or fear but closeness and relaxation. With the help of therapy you will begin to udnerstand your sexuality and gain confidence. You will learn to understand you mind and body and lead with control.

— Anna Raport, Marriage & Family Therapist in Germantown, PA

I specialize in helping couples navigate desire discrepancy, find creative solutions for low sexual unions, and supporting those who are negotiating extra-marital relationships. Perhaps you have recently discovered your partner’s infidelity, wanting to better understand your own liaison, or are looking to find solutions for consensual non-monogamy or polyamorous configurations. I am comfortable and experienced exploring matters of the heart and its seemingly oppositional needs.

— Sara Okman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

Sexuality is often the "elephant in the room". Sexual health is also often the last category of health to be addressed. In my practice, talking about sexuality is normalized as a natural part of your overall well-being.

— Jennifer Minor, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

As a sex therapist, most of my professional work has been centered around helping folks navigate sexual issues. I use a sex-positive lens in working with sexual concerns.

— Taylor Pierce, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Portland, OR

I am a sex therapist that can help you with sexual problems such as low/no desire, differences in desire between you and your partner, and painful sex.

— Cara Allan, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Denver, CO

Sex is the most vulnerable topic for many people. As a Sexologist I am highly curious about how we express ourselves, what we choose to keep private, and what we keep secret. Maybe you have spoken to a medical doctor and been told everything's fine, but you know it's not fine. Let's include the body/mind, heart, and soul. I create a safe(r) environment in which you can relax and become curious.

— Kelly Rees, Clinical Sexologist in Portland, OR

Concerns about sexual functioning take a nuanced and specialized approach. I have specific training in treating concerns about sexual functioning including erectile dysfunction, sex addiction, low desire, and differing libidos. I bring sensitivity, compassion, and practical solutions that produce lasting results.

— Megan McDavid, Sex Therapist in Portland, OR

I am passionate about building strong and supportive relationships for couples throughout their life experiences. With over a decade of direct clinical psychotherapy work and sexual health advocacy and education, I brings compassion and understanding to your hardest issues. I help to fuse the interconnections of sexual health ideals and "real life" for women and couples in a creative and approachable way.

— Angela Jensen-Ramirez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

Healthy sex and sexuality is all-encompassing and impacts us both at a physiological and psychological level. Using my education and training, together we can peel back the layers of shame society places on us and create a healthy space to explore sex and the facets of our lives affected by sexual problems.

— Heather Sexton, Counselor in SAINT CLAIRSVILLE, OH

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

Desire discrepancy, lack of sufficient arousal, pain during sex, out of control sexual behavior, difficulties achieving and maintaining erections, and others.

— Holly Mackin, Marriage & Family Therapist in MT HOLLY, NC

Sexual problems in a relationship can cover a wide spectrum of needs. Sometimes it is a desire discrepancy, other times it speaks to a physical or psychological trauma that has been experienced. I come from an approach of sexual empowerment and sex-positivity as I help my clients come to a better understanding of their own sexual and intimate needs and boundaries in a relationship. Helping clients recover from an affair or other sexual betrayal is a particular specialty of mine as well.

— Kristal DeSantis, Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

Sexual problems can be particularly frustrating and difficult to talk about. The vast majority of humans do it, the vast majority of those have had questions or some issue with sex at least once. But for some reason we aren't allowed to talk about it? Why be in pain and not allowed to tell anyone? Why distance yourself from your partners for fear they will judge you? Why let relationships wither because nobody is getting what they really want? Lets talk about it and get you where you want to be.

— Hannah Smith, Counselor in ,

It takes courage to deal with difficult and deeply personal topics. On the surface we may be able to suppress urges, stay faithful, and act accordingly; however, many of us are unaware of the true impact this primitive drive has on our behavior, relationships and life outcomes. Since much of sexuality lay beneath our consciousness, it takes a clinician with a specific skill set to aid in exploration.

— Peter Bippus, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Beverly Hills, CA

You are OK no matter what, especially in the area of sex. Sex produces great pleasure but also great vulnerability. I became a sex therapist when I realized that all of my couples have some area of sexual functioning that is not producing the utmost happiness. I have trained with the finest AASECT certified trainers . I have been told that I am approachable, non-judgmental, and accepting of all. I welcome all genders orientations and sexual expressions.

— Jennifer Duke, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA