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Sex and Intimacy Therapy

What is Sex and Intimacy Therapy?

Sex and Intimacy Therapy refers to a combination of therapeutic techniques that target concerns regarding sexual functioning and satisfaction, and attitudes towards sexuality and intimacy. Sex and Intimacy therapy can help individuals and couples identify the source of sexual distress, explore their sexual identity, and address emotional barriers to intimacy. Sex and Intimacy Therapy may include psychoeducation, mindfulness practices, bibliotherapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Common Issues Sex and Intimacy Therapy Can Treat

Sex and Intimacy Therapy can be helpful with a variety of sexual disorders and concerns.

Sexual disorders

  • Sexual interest/arousal disorder

  • Orgasmic disorder

  • Genitopelvic pain/penetration disorder (vaginismus)

  • Hypoactive sexual desire disorder

  • Delayed ejaculation

  • Erectile dysfunction

  • Premature ejaculation

Sex and Intimacy Concerns

  • Desire and arousal

  • Performance

  • Satisfaction

  • Sexual trauma/abuse

  • Sex addiction

  • Pain that occurs during sex

  • Conflict or confusion over sexual orientation

How Can Sex and Intimacy Therapy Help Me? 

Attending Sex and Intimacy therapy can take the anxiety away from talking about sex with your partner, and provides the safest environment to discuss kinks, turn-ons, fantasies, desires, and sexual challenges. Many individuals and couples find sex and intimacy therapy helpful in developing plans to navigate busy lives and schedules to ensure that romance, intimacy, and sex are not neglected. 

Additionally, for couples and individuals who currently experience satisfying sex lives, sex and intimacy therapy can be a venue for exploring alternative sexual experiences in a safe and supportive environment. 

How Quickly Does Sex and Intimacy Therapy Work?

The duration of Sex and Intimacy Therapy depends on the severity and complexity of the concern a person is seeking treatment for. Some issues can be resolved in less than 6 sessions whereas other issues may require more long-term treatment. When sexual trauma is involved Sex and Intimacy Therapy may be combined with Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) or Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE).