I am a AASECT certified Sex Therapist. I provide effective sex therapy in New York City and Westchester that is innovative and affordable for individuals and couples.
When should you consider sex therapy?
If you have a less than satisfactory sex life you may wonder how bad it has to get before you seek treatment. When sexual difficulties seem to hurt your self-esteem or diminish the quality of a relationship, then you might benefit from sex therapy. Some of the most common sexual problems in men are erectile dysfunctions and premature ejaculation, and in women problems related to orgasm, low desire and pain. This is a personal decision, and you should consider questions like these:
- Has sexual expression diminished significantly in your relationship?
- Do you find that you no longer look forward to making love?
- Do you experience notably delayed or diminished sexual arousal, even with what you feel is ample foreplay?
- If you used to have orgasms regularly and reliably, do you no longer do so?
- After having sex, do you frequently feel frustrated, angry, or perplexed by your lack of responsiveness?
- Have changes in your relationship diminished the enjoyment of your shared sexual expression?
- Does sexual intercourse cause you significant physical discomfort?
Has the use of prescription or recreational drugs lessened your capacity to become sexually aroused and to have orgasms?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions you may have an erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation or low desire, and you may be a candidate for sex therapy.
How common are sexual problems?
A large U.S. survey conducted in 1999 revealed that 43% of all women and 31% of men suffer from a sexual dysfunction , making this class of disorder the most prevalent of any psychological or physical disorder in the United States. The most prevalent problems are premature ejaculation , erectile dysfunction , l ow desire and pain. Porn addiction , while not considered a medical problem, is growing in alarming proportions. Unfortunately many health professionals tend to ignore issues of sexuality, and few are trained to apply treatment programs and sex therapy. This is particularly the case for the issue of sexuality in older couples.
What is sex therapy?
Sex therapy includes various theoretical approaches useful in treating sexual dysfunctions. It will involve collaborating with your trusted physician to rule out biological causes. During a sex therapy session with me we will be spending most of the time looking at the problem today and working to solve its current manifestations. By addressing sexual behavior we will be changing the thoughts and emotions associated with this behavior too. In sex therapy the focus of treatment is on the nature of the problem and immediate suggestions to diminish the severity of the symptoms or to eliminate them altogether. Sexual therapy is usually a short term intervention and in most cases it will involve the participation of your significant other. It does not involve any form of physical contact with the therapist. Sex therapy is a proven method in the treatment of most sexual issues including premature ejaculation (PE), erectile dysfunction (ED), low desire , problems related to orgasm and arousal, pain related issues and problems with sexual compulsivity, sometimes referred to as sex addiction or porn addiction.
Who does sex therapy?
Sex therapy is not part of the standard curriculum of physicians or mental health professionals and those like me who specialize in sex therapy must have additional, specialized training.
AASECT Certified Sex Therapists are licensed mental health professionals, trained to provide in-depth psychotherapy, who have specialized in treating clients with sexual issues and concerns. Sex therapists work with simple sexual concerns also, but in addition, where appropriate, are prepared to provide comprehensive and intensive psychotherapy over an extended period of time in more complex cases.
As a AASECT certified sex therapist I have been trained to be accepting and nonjudgmental in dealing with my clients who present with a variety of problems related to sexual intimacy. Furthermore, as a licensed clinical mental health counselor, I am bound ethically and legally to protect my client’s confidentiality and dignity. In Manhattan I am conveniently located in Union Square and Astoria , and in Westchester near White Plains .
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