Get the relationship you desire and make changes today Sex/relationship therapy is intended for all individuals who are experiencing sexual or relationship difficulties, or who simply wish to improve their sex and love life. Below is a non-exhaustive list of reasons why you might seek the services of a sex/relationship therapist.

Sexual Dysfunctions:

There are many sexual problems that can bring individuals or couples to see a sex therapist.  Below are some of the most common ones:  

  • Problems related to sexual desire (lack of or absence of desire in general or towards one’s partner, loss of sexual desire following the birth of a child, the death of a loved one, a depression, etc.);
  • Sexual arousal difficulties (lack of lubrication or of feeling aroused);
  • Erectile problems (inability to have an erection in all or specific situations, partial erection but insufficient for penetration, loss of erection during sex);
  • Difficulty or inability to reach orgasm;
  • Ejaculatory problems (premature or delayed ejaculation, painful ejaculation or absence of pleasure upon ejaculation);
  • Pain during sex (dyspareunia)/pain to the vulva or painful intercourse, (vestibulodynia);
  • Vaginismus (involuntary contraction of the vaginal muscles preventing intercourse or making intercourse difficult);
  • Sexual aversions or phobias (feeling of disgust or panic towards sex or specific sexual behaviors).

Relationship problems:  

Relationship difficulties can be due to sexual problems and vice versa. Sex or couples counselling can help with any of the following:  

  • Concerns related to maintaining the quality of sexual relations within the context of a long-term relationship;
  • Love addiction or co-dependency issues;
  • Dissatisfying relationship patterns or difficulty in establishing significant intimate relationships;
  • Excessive jealousy, possessiveness, mistrust or need to control one’s partner;
  • Infidelity or difficulty in re-establishing trust within the couple.
  • Boredom
  • Difficulties communicating your needs

Sexual Behaviors Which May Be Inappropriate or Harmful to Self or One’s Sexual Partner:  

  • Addiction to pornography or Internet or cybersex;
  • Addiction to sex
  • Compulsive sexual behaviour: excessive masturbation, multiple sex partners.
  • Fetishism, cross-dressing, voyeurism, exhibitionism, BDSM that cause you or your partner to feel uncomfortable;
  • Sexual fantasies with which one is uncomfortable, ones’ partner is uncomfortable or that are of an obsessive nature.

Sexually Traumatic Experiences:  

  • Problems due to incest, sexual and psychological abuse, rape, sexual harassment;
  • Uncontrollable automatic reactions during sex: flashbacks, feelings of panic, dissociation or feeling of  “leaving one’s body”, discomfort or disgust towards certain forms of touch or sexual acts;
  • Difficulty in adapting and living with a diagnosis of HIV, herpes or with all other sexually transmitted infections (fear, shame, issues surrounding the search for new sexual partners and revealing one’s diagnosis).

Difficulties Related to Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity:

  • Discomfort  related to sexual orientation (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered): uneasiness, confusion, shame, “coming out” issues, family conflicts.

 

There are a number of reasons that people enter into sex therapy/relationship/couples counselling. The aim is to provide a safe environment for you to begin to explore your difficulties, bring about change and develop the relationship you deserve.

 

 

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