Some interesting facts and figures from the Great Australian Sex Census: 1 in every 2 persons in Australia has experienced sending a nude selfie via their mobile phone. Moving images are also quite popular, with 30.3 percent of Australians admitting to having made a sex tape. Threesomes (25.9 percent) and rough sex (19 percent) get the thumbs-up while fake boobs are a turn-off for more than 50 percent.

Sex gets attention because it’s 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.

Sex therapy is a specialised category of clinical therapy. A sex therapist has training and education in regular therapy, as well as specialised knowledge and focus on handling issues with sexual function, sexual relationships, sexual concerns and expressions in men and women.

Many people seek the services of a sex therapist for different reasons. Couples invest in it because they might not be enjoying the sexual intimacy they once had. 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 also include: premature ejaculation, orgasm difficulties, erection problems, delayed ejaculation, sex addiction, porn addiction, low or no libido, and sexual fetishes that may already be harmful or bothersome to the person and/or society. Some people don‘t even need to have established problems to seek sex therapy. Couples who just want to improve their stable sexual relationship, for instance, would find engaging in 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.