Sex Therapy: Is It for You?
Deciding Whether Sex Therapy Is for You
- See a doctor initially, particularly if you think your problem is physical in nature—A gynecologist or urologist can detect difficulties due to illness, aging, metabolic or hormonal imbalances. According to sex therapist Judy Seifer, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, alcohol, and smoking may also negatively affect sexual functioning.
- Learn more about sexuality—In spite of the greater openness about sexuality today, many people have little understanding of their own bodies and sexual functioning. Informational and self-help books and educational sex videos, which are widely available, can be very helpful. Becoming better informed will help you decide whether you really need therapy. Some people, in fact, are able to solve their own problems through self-help guides.
What Happens in Sex Therapy?
How Do You Find a Therapist?
How Do You Choose the Right Therapist?
American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists http://www.aasect.org
American Psychological Association http://www.apa.org
Canadian Mental Health Association http://www.ontario.cmha.ca
Mental Health Canada http://www.mentalhealthcanada.com
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Meston C, Rellini A. Sex therapy for women's sexual concerns. The Sexual Psychophysiology Laboratory website. Available at: http://homepage.psy.utexas.edu/homepage/group/MestonLAB/HTML%20files/Resources%5Ffsd%5Ftherapy.htm. Accessed June 19, 2013.
Sexuality/sex therapy. Good Therapy website. Available at: http://www.goodtherapy.org/sex-therapy.html. Updated May 14, 2013. Accessed June 19, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 06/2013 -
- Update Date: 00/61/2013 -
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