What Is It, And How Does It Work?

What Is Sex Therapy?

Sex therapy is a form of talk therapy of which the specific purpose is aimed at enhancing an individual’s sexuality and erotic expression, as well as sexual intimacy and connectedness in relationships.

Sex therapy is a pretty broad umbrella that includes addressing difficulties related to sexual expression and identity, as well as addressing challenges with working together as an erotic team.

What kinds of concerns are addressed in sex therapy?

As a sex therapist, prospective clients often seek me out to address any (or some) of the following issues:

Our therapy work together will involve a combination of communication and behavioural exercises as homework for you and your partner, as well as connecting you with resources on enhancing eroticism.

Support With Compulsive Sexual Behaviour And Betrayal

As a sex therapist, another main focus on decreasing distress and enhancing well-being among individuals struggling with compulsive sexual behaviour (also known as hypersexuality: often labelled as sex addiction).

Compulsive sexual behaviour is defined as distress related to an excessive preoccupation with sexual thoughts, fantasies, and urges that can be difficult to control.

It can result in behaviours that significantly disrupt an individual’s relationships, work, and ultimately, their sense of self.

Because this is a woefully misunderstood condition, individuals often try to cope (and poorly so) with their behaviours in secret, and tend to seek therapy out when they have been caught or when their distress becomes too pronounced to ignore.

Therapy aims at providing a safe, non-judgmental, and most importantly, a collaborative space.

Our aim is to work together as a team towards understanding how you got to the place where you are, and what you need to do to get to a place of healing and empowerment.

With the right tools and guidance, change is more than possible.

Affirming Sexual And Gender Identity And Expression

Sex therapy can also look at issues related to sexual and gender identity and expression, and my practice is LGBTQ+ affirming.

We live in a world where stigma can shape the way in which we see ourselves and relationships in the most insidious of ways, and my work is to honour your lived experience and authenticity, and to provide you with the safety and support you need towards living a life that feels empowered.

Because many LGBTQ+ individuals are at an increased risk of isolation and marginalization, therapy is also aimed at connecting you to community resources, whenever appropriate.

To serve transgender and gender non-conforming clients, I am highly trained in the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care.

To support you, I can also provide secondary assessments for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals seeking gender-affirming medical interventions.