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Sex therapy is a specialized area of psychotherapy. The Intimacy Institute offers a unique style of sex therapy. We have a measured approach for assessing issues, understanding a diagnosis, and creating a comprehensive treatment plan.
We find it essential to drawing upon the natural strengths of each client. From there, we use a solution-focused, skills-based approach to understanding and treating the presenting concern. Since sexual experiences often take place in the context of relationships, we use a comprehensive model of intimacy and emotionally focused therapy (EFT) to enhance sexual and emotional connection.
For sexual dysfunctions, we teach specific behavioral exercises to address sexual concerns so that clients learn how to be students of their own and their partner’s sexuality. Because the mind cannot be separated from the body, we integrate somatic awareness. Learning how to be intelligently embodied helps us connect with our desire and arousal to become more sexually alive.
Both individual and couples sessions are educational with techniques and tools to help clients develop a more satisfying use of their personal capacities. Please note there is never any nudity or sexual behavior in session. We send clients home with practical, homework exercises, often supplemented with relevant readings and/or videos.
If you are coming as a couple, the couple becomes the client. The first session is always together as a couple, then the therapist meets with both partners individually. This helps the therapist obtain a full picture of the client’s background and individual perspective on the relationship. After these individual sessions are conducted, we come back together as a couple and continue our work moving forward.
For individuals, sex therapy can help heal a sexually distressing past, facilitate sexual function, or explore psychological blocks preventing full expression of emotional and/or sexual intimacy in a relationship. For couples, sex therapy can help heal infidelity, enhance sexual and emotional communication, or explore alternative sexual expressions.