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Sex Therapy in Washington, D.C.

Sex therapy is a specialized form of psychotherapy through which a client can address concerns about feelings of sexual intimacy, confidence, and sexual functioning via individual therapy or in therapy with a partner/spouse. There is no physical or sexual contact involved in the conduct of sex therapy that I do. The work of sex therapy is usually quite focused but it does have considerable overlap and is contained within the more general realm of psychotherapy. Typical issues that individuals and couples seek treatment for include: low sexual desire, discrepancies in desire, rapid ejaculation, painful sex, fetishes, sexual addictions, polyamory, impact and repair of affairs, erectile dysfunction, asexuality, issues related to aging, and the broad area of sexuality complicated by physical health concerns (autoimmune issues, diabetes, heart disease, cancers, menopause, and man-o-pause).

Many couples, straight and gay, come to see me. For some there is a belief that ‘relationship issues’ are the cause of sexual issues between a partner or spouse and once we address relationship problems, sexual issues will naturally be resolved. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Therefore through sex therapy, sexual issues are addressed directly. For others, there is a belief that ‘sexual problems’ are the cause of relationship problems between a partner or spouse. Unfortunately, direct work on sexual problems might not yield the change desired in the relationship. Usually, the sexual problems and relationship issues are interwoven. I help couples/partners work through these issues.

I am a Certified Sex Therapist and have met the rigorous training and vetting demands of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT.ORG). I continue to receive training and supervision in sexual therapy and health on a regular basis. I chose to focus on ‘sex therapy’ as a specialty area for several reasons. First and foremost, I believe that helping people overcome fears, injuries & abuses, insecurities, and inhibitions in the area of sexual functioning is truly rewarding. Second, helping another to become conscious of their own unique sexuality and energy is equally enlivening and it promotes a ‘ripple effect’ in the culture of what is possible when the gift of sexuality is flowing in a mature, responsible, and non-judgemental manner. Third, with the prohibitions of the societal and religous past still pervasive but colliding with the wild, wild, west of the ‘anything goes internet-era’, I myself and many of my clients struggled to make sense of the conflicting meanings presented. So….I study, seek training, supervision, and I invite individuals and couples to see me in this arena of therapeutic work.

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