We live in an era where physical compatibility is of utmost importance in order to maintain a relationship. Good sex boosts up one’s mood, morale, self-esteem, sense of confidence and most importantly, it can contribute to a healthy and happy relationship. Even though the definition of ‘good sex’ varies from person to person and couple and couple, the definition for ‘bad sex’ has remained constant for ages. Some signs that you and your partner are victims of ‘bad sex’ are:
- Sex causes disappointment.
- You lose interest in having sex.
- Sex leads to fights and disagreements.
- There’s a lot of unsaid sexual pressure.
- The lack of physical intimacy further contributes to emotional issues.
Physical limitations obviously contribute to an unhappy sex life but in many cases, the problems can be emotional or psychological. This is where sex therapy comes in the picture. Yvonne K. Fulbright, Ph.D., a sex educator and professor of human sexuality at American University in Washington, D.C. says that “Sex therapy is conducted by a person trained in psychological methods of treatment and rehabilitation for sex and relationship problems.”
If you are starting to feel that sex therapy is something that you and your partner can use, here’s a list of things that will essentially inform you about everything that you need to know before you step into a sex therapist’s office.
The primary job of a sex therapist is to help you work out the emotional and psychological issues between you and your partner that may be leading to sexual problems.
Sex therapists are highly qualified and hold degrees in marriage and family therapy, social work, theology, psychology, or medicine.
Therapists serve the purpose of a neutral third person who couples can vent out their issues to, in return for advice and practical solutions for a good and content sex life.
Sex therapy is an acceptable course of action for adults of all ages.
It is important to understand that it is normal to take time to be comfortable and open up to your therapist.
It is normal to feel anxious or embarrassed while talking about your sexual issues with your therapist but trust us, when we say that, there is nothing that sex therapists haven’t heard before.
A therapist will help you understand the psychological aspects of sex by diving deeper and deeper into the reasons behind your sexual problems.
There are no official rules or regulations stipulating what level of training a counselor dealing with sexual issues needs. However, it is ideal to do a good background check on your therapist before consulting him/her for sexual advice.
Sex therapy does not provide solutions for the physical limitations that lead to sexual dysfunctions.
Sex therapy is considered highly effective if done with consistency, patience, and a sound mind.
Relationship therapy and sex therapy are two different things. However, many a time, they work hand in hand.
And lastly, all sexual tips and techniques provided by your sex therapist should be tried only at home and not in the therapist’s office.
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