Sex Therapy

Intimacy and Sexual Dysfunction – Made better by sex therapy.

Our expert sex therapist at Denver Mental Health Collective helps individuals and relationships with an unfulfilling sex life feel more fulfilled with sex and intimacy. Sex therapy is a type of talk therapy that’s designed to help people address intimacy issues, sexual satisfaction, identity exploration, and sexual exploration. All talk therapy, including sex therapy, is both a supportive and educational environment. With the help of a sex therapist, people move past physical and emotional challenges toward a more satisfying relationship and pleasurable sex life.

Are you experiencing sexual dysfunction? Sex therapy may be right for you.

A fulfilling sex life is vital to your health for many reasons. Of course, physical and emotional elements of a healthy sex life have far-reaching benefits, including lower blood pressure, better heart health, and stress reduction. Besides, sex is also just a natural, fun part of life.

However, for some people, sex is a source of great anxiety and worry. Sexual dysfunction can lead to relationship complications, loss of confidence, and many other negative effects. Sex therapy can help individuals and couples find a way to have open, honest communication so that they can work through any concerns or challenges toward a healthy, happy sex life.

In case you’re wondering, everyone will keep their clothes on. The sex therapist will not be having sexual relations with anyone or be showing anyone how to have sex. With each session, your therapist will continue to move you toward better management and acceptance of your concerns.

Sex therapy often includes some form of educational component, whether it’s learning about your or your partner’s anatomy or getting information about the science behind satisfaction. Sometimes, the simple sharing of information tailored to your situation can be one of the most helpful aspects of seeing a sex therapist.

Sex therapy sessions may include:

    • Building skills for pleasure and arousal as an individual and/or couple
    • Learning ways to manage anxiety, including performance anxiety around sex
    • Improving communication with your partner that may be interfering with pleasure
    • Education around anatomy, sexual functioning, and pleasure
    • Examining any dependencies on erotic sources for arousal, like pornography
    • Identifying masturbation habits that aren’t conducive to functioning with a partner
    • Understanding the body-mind connection and what stimuli work for you
    • Shifting the focus of sex from a performance and orgasm-focused one to an embodied experience where arousal and erections are free to ebb and flow
    • Addressing any underlying mental health concerns, such as anxiety and depression preventing you from feeling desirable
    • Exploring gender or sexual identity

Sexual dysfunction is common. In fact, 43 percent of women and 31 percent of men experience some type of sexual dysfunction during their lifetimes.

These dysfunctions may include:

  • low libido
  • lack of interest
  • low confidence
  • lack of response to sexual stimulus
  • excessive libido
  • inability to control sexual behavior
  • lack of desire
  • difficulty having an orgasm
  • pain during sex or inability to have penetrative sex
  • difficulty getting or keeping an erection (erectile dysfunction)
  • premature ejaculation or other ejaculation problems

Sex therapy can also be helpful when it has to do with gender, sex, intimacy, or relationships.

Does it work?

Sex therapy is like any type of psychotherapy: you treat the condition by talking about your experiences, worries, and feelings. Then, together with your therapist, you work out coping mechanisms to help improve your responses in the future so that you can have a healthier life.

During your initial appointment, your therapist will either talk with just you or with you and your partner(s) together. And if exploring an identity that may include your family as well. The therapist is there to guide and help you process your current challenge. They are not there to take one person’s side or to help persuade anyone, for instance.

Above all, it’s meant to provide comfort and encouragement. And you will likely leave your therapist’s office with assignments and work to do before your next appointment.

If your therapist suspects the dysfunction you’re experiencing is the result of a physical sexual concern, then your sex therapist may refer you to a medical doctor. Your therapist and the doctor can consult about your signs and symptoms and work to help find any physical concerns that may be contributing to greater sexual problems.

Do I need s sex therapist?

One way to determine if you need to see a sex therapist instead of another type of talk therapy is to analyze what parts of your life are the most affected by how you feel right now.

If your quality of life and emotional health are greatly affected by your sexual dysfunction, then it’s a good idea to see a sex therapist. Likewise, if a lack of intimacy or difficulty communicating with a partner leads to your most serious personal concern, then a sex therapist is the place to start.

What can a sex therapist help with? Here are some common problems sex therapists can help with: 

  • Experiencing pain with sexual touch
  • Feeling disconnected when engaging sexually with a partner
  • Processing past sexual trauma in one’s current relationship
  • Building trust and safety
  • Discomfort with fantasies
  • Frustration achieving orgasm – alone, and/or with others
  • Motivation to explore new ways of expressing desire
  • Managing triggers
  • Reconnecting with sexuality after major life events
  • Exploration of lifestyle that feels authentic to sexual preference
  • Sexuality in the context of infertility
  • Ways to foster intimacy in long term relationships
  • A lack of sexual desire for one’s partner, or low libido
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Premature ejaculation
  • Undesired or out-of-control sexual behavior with partners or alone
  • Healing from infidelity
  • Exploring gender and sexual identity

Just like with other types of therapy, sex therapy at Denver Mental Health Collective is customized to each client.

Sex therapy sessions involve insight-oriented works, such as processing the psychological causes of your concerns around sex and sexuality, but also hands-on homework between sessions to develop skills.

As in all talk therapy, the goal of therapy is to explore the reasons why you have been experiencing difficulty, identify your desires in a non-judgmental and compassionate way, and empower you to cope with strength and insight.

If you’re tired of an unfulfilling sex life, then reach out. You don’t have to feel this tired and frustrated because sex therapy can help.

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2121 South Oneida St.
Denver, CO 80224
(720) 863-6100

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