Sex gets attention because it is such a critical aspect of an individual’s health and well-being, but it may also be the most misunderstood. While some sexual issues can be solved with a relaxing holiday or a talk between partners, some sexual problems can only be addressed with sex therapy.

In 2013/2014, The Great Australian Sex Census was conducted with over 17,000 Australians surveyed. The census found that 35.4% of people are unsatisfied with their current sex life and 14.7% would leave their partners if they were bad in bed. This same survey found 70.1% of individuals surveyed admit to watching pornography and 36.1% get bored during sex with their partners.

Sexual pleasure and satisfaction, whether in a relationship or otherwise, are vital to your quality of life and closely associated with your mental and physical wellbeing. If sexual issues are causing distress and/or conflict within yourself or in your relationship(s), you might want to think about seeing a sex therapist.

What Is Sex Therapy?

Sex addiction therapy is a specialised category of clinical therapy aimed at addressing concerns individuals or couples may have about sexual function, sexual feelings and intimacy.  A sex therapist has training and education in regular therapy, as well as specialised knowledge and training in issues related to sexual and relationship health.

Why See A Sex Therapist?

Individuals seek the services of a sex therapist for different reasons. A woman might want to find a cure for painful sex, or a teenage boy may be worrying about his seemingly endless obsession with online porn. These are just some of the difficulties that sex therapy may be able to address.

Other common sexual issues that can be seen by a sex therapist may include: premature ejaculation, orgasm difficulties, erection problems, delayed ejaculation, sex addiction, porn addiction, low or no libido, and sexual fetishes that may be harmful or bothersome to the individual and/or society.

Couples may invest in sex therapy because they might not be enjoying the sexual intimacy they once had. Others seek sex therapy without established problems, for example couples who want to improve their stable sexual relationship would find engaging in couples sex therapy beneficial.

Like all types of therapy, sex therapy will only work if it’s provided by a skilled practitioner and if the client is willing to do their share when it comes to the information, recommendations and action steps given to them. It is also important that both parties understand and commit to the framework of the sessions. For instance, the client should make time and effort to do the “homework” assigned by the therapist. The therapist should also set boundaries and make it very clear that sexual acts such as touching are never allowed during the course of the therapy.

If you’re dealing with a sexual issue, please search our directory of therapists who work with sexual issues.

Article last updated 3rd August, 2021.