June 3rd, 2016
This is perhaps the most common question every couple ask before making an appointment with their sex therapist. It is no wonder that a lot of people freak out when they are advised to see a person to ‘talk’ about their private issues because they find it embarrassing or shameful. But you should know that confronting your sexual issues in a healthy and supervised environment often helps in overcoming fears, anxiety and conflicts.
Sexual dysfunction or troubled bedroom life is a fairly common complaint. Unfortunately, media paints a very different picture, suggesting everyone in the world is having a wild, crazy sex life, which is not true. According to clinical research, almost every couple experiences some form of hiccups in their sex life (at some point). Interestingly, in most cases, all you need is, someone trustworthy who can listen to your concerns and advice you accordingly.
Sex therapy is helpful for individuals and couples who are experiencing difficulties in maintaining a healthy sex life, in the absence of a recognizable medical condition/ explanation.
Here are a few indications for which most individuals are advised to see a sex therapist:
It has been observed that issues and challenges in couples vary, depending on factors like age group, age difference between partners, duration/ length of relationship, quality of relationship, sexual preferences, etc. For example, older couples have conflicts mainly because of age-related hormonal changes, menopause/andropause and declining libido; whereas young couples experiences issues due to relationship conflicts, adjustment issues or young kids.
Unlike conventional belief, sex therapy can be compared to a counseling session, where you can freely discuss your concerns. There is certainly no touching, genital/ physical examination or digging in your past encounters. Here is what you should expect from your therapy session:
The success of sex therapy depends on a number of factors; for example:
1. Frühauf, S., Gerger, H., Schmidt, H. M., Munder, T., & Barth, J. (2013). Efficacy of psychological interventions for sexual dysfunction: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42(6), 915-933.
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