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Demystifying Sex Therapy: What to Expect in Your First Session

Ever thought about attending a sex therapy session but felt too intimidated or uncertain about what it involves? You’re not alone. Most people are mystified by the concept. In this article, we’re going to clear up the confusion and help you understand what to expect in your first session of sex therapy with us at Denver Couples and Sex Therapy.

What is Sex Therapy?

The Role of a Sex Therapist

Sex therapy is a form of counseling that focuses on sexual feelings, functions, and relationships. Our sex therapists are trained professional in the field of psychosexual therapy and will guide you through the process. Their role is to help you navigate any sexual concerns you may have, in a safe and non-judgmental space.

Why Consider Sex Therapy?

Common Issues Tackled in Sex Therapy

You might consider sex therapy for a variety of reasons. It could be due to sexual dysfunctions, such as erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation, low sexual desire, or concerns about sexual orientation or identity. It can also be a useful tool for those recovering from sexual trauma, or for couples experiencing intimacy problems.

Preparing for Your First Sex Therapy Session

Self-Assessment

Before your first session, it’s crucial to take some time to identify your concerns and what you hope to achieve from therapy. This will help guide your discussions with the therapist.

Choosing the Right Therapist

It’s also important to research and choose a therapist you feel comfortable with. This relationship is incredibly personal, and you should feel safe and respected.

What Happens in the First Session?

Initial Consultation

In the first session, your therapist will typically review your sexual and medical history, as well as your current sexual concerns. They’ll ask about your goals for therapy and work with you to develop a treatment plan.

Discussion of Therapy Goals

You’ll discuss your goals for therapy, which will guide your subsequent sessions. Your therapist might suggest different therapeutic techniques or exercises to help you reach these goals.

The Role of Homework in Sex Therapy

Yes, you read that right—homework! Therapy often involves at-home exercises that you (and your partner, if applicable) carry out. These help reinforce the strategies and techniques discussed during your sessions.

Respecting Boundaries in Sex Therapy

Despite the intimate nature of the topic, sex therapy sessions are purely conversational—there’s no physical examination or nudity. Our therapists maintain a professional boundary and adhere to a strict code of ethics.

The Expected Length of Sex Therapy

The duration of sex therapy varies widely and depends on the individual or couple’s specific needs. Some people find resolution in a few sessions, while others may continue therapy for several months or even years. Remember, it’s a journey, not a race.

Conclusion

Sex therapy can be an enlightening and transformative experience, bringing improved sexual health, stronger relationships, and enhanced self-understanding. Now that you’ve got a clearer picture of what to expect in your first session, you might feel more prepared to take that step. Remember, there’s no shame in seeking help—embracing your sexual wellbeing is a critical part of your overall health.

FAQs

Is everything I share in sex therapy confidential?

Yes, like all forms of therapy, sex therapy is confidential. The therapist is bound by professional ethics and laws to maintain your privacy.

Can I attend sex therapy alone, or does my partner need to come too?

You can attend sex therapy alone or with a partner, depending on your situation and the issues you wish to address.

Do I need a referral from a doctor to see a sex therapist?

Not necessarily. While some people are referred by their doctors, you can also seek out a sex therapist independently.

What’s the difference between a sex therapist and a relationship counselor?

While there’s some overlap, a sex therapist has specific training in dealing with sexual issues. A relationship counselor focuses more broadly on relationship issues, which may or may not include sexual concerns.

Angelica Jackson a therapist at Denver Couples and Sex Therapy

I’m Angelica Jackson, From Denver Couples & Sex Therapy PLLC. I graduated with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate also involved at the local and national level of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. I have dedicated myself to building a practice committed to providing extraordinary, expert client care.