Relationship and Sex Therapy
Relationship and sexual health is an important part of physical and mental well-being. Unfortunately, many individuals are dissatisfied or insecure when it comes to intimate relationships and sexuality. At the Center for Sexual Health, we work with individuals and couples to help improve sexual self-esteem, knowledge, and competence, resulting in more fulfilling and pleasurable relationships.
We believe sexual health reflects self-acceptance and respect. We believe sexual health also involves and demonstrates respect and appreciation for individual differences, sexual pluralism and diversity.
Relationship and Sexual Concerns
Our specialists provide comprehensive psychological, medical and psychiatric treatment for a wide variety of sexual and relationship problems. Our therapists have extensive training in providing therapy for straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and transsexual individuals. We offer psychological services for individuals as well as couples who are married, cohabitating, non-married, and polyamorous.
Relationship and Sexual Therapy Services
Difficulty maintaining healthy sexual and couple relationships is common. However, relationship skills can be learned and improved—leading to more fulfilling and intimate relationships. The Center for Sexual Health’s Relationship and Sexual Therapy program allows individuals and couples to explore topics and issues of concern to them, and grow as sexual beings and partners.
Common sexual topics discussed in therapy include:
- Low sexual desire and little interest in sex
- Problems achieving orgasm
- Premature or early ejaculation
- Pain during or after sex
- Sexual avoidance or aversion
- Erectile dysfunction (impotence)
- Problems with experiencing pleasure or arousal during sex
- Conflicts about differences in sexual desire or preferences
- Relationship problems contributing to sexuality concerns
- Limited or inaccurate information about sex and sexuality
- Sexual abuse issues
- Anxiety or worries about sexual performance
Common relationship topics discussed in therapy include:
- Communication and conflict resolution
- Fear of intimacy
- Divorce/previous relationships
- Children and parenting issues
- Different relationship expectations
- Extramarital relationships
- Female/male roles
- Health problems and limitations
- Grief, death, and loss
- Forgiveness and acceptance
- Financial disagreements
- Differences in religious beliefs
- Division of household and other tasks
- Relationships with family, friends, and in-laws
Sexual Health Therapy Groups
Sexual health therapy groups consist of 6-9 women and/or men having sexual and/or relationship problems. Common problems that people discuss include low desire and interest in sex, problems with orgasm, sexual pain, sexual aversion, conflicts about differences in sexual desire or preferences, and relationship problems contributing to sexuality concerns.
Group offerings may vary and your therapist will be able to direct you to current groups that may help to address your needs.
Sexual Health: Our Definition
Sexual health is an approach to sexuality founded in accurate knowledge, personal awareness, and self-acceptance, such that one’s behavior, values, and emotions are congruent and integrated within a person’s wider personality structure and self-definition.
Sexual health involves an ability to be intimate with a partner, to communicate explicitly about sexual needs and desires, to be sexually functional (to have desire, become aroused, and obtain sexual fulfillment), to act intentionally and responsibly, and to set appropriate sexual boundaries.
Sexual health includes a sense of self-esteem, personal attractiveness, and competence, as well as freedom from sexual dysfunction, unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual and family assault and coercion, and genital mutilation.
Sexual health affirms sexuality as a positive force, enhancing other dimensions of one’s life.
We believe in the importance of sexual knowledge, but also believe in facilitating the joy of sexual pleasure, relationship, and effective communication. We help individuals and couples achieve better mental health but go beyond that in helping them attain sexual integration — the congruence of a person’s sexual values and behaviors. We recognize that sexual health may vary in different social and cultural contexts.
Guided by this definition, we have developed an approach to sexual therapy into a treatment model for promoting and treating sexual health to meet our client’s sexual health goals.