According to answers.com ‘Sex therapy is conducted by a trained therapist, doctor, or psychologist. The initial sessions should cover a complete history not only of the sexual problem but of the entire relationship and each individual’s background and personality. The sexual relationship should be discussed in the context of the entire relationship. In fact, sexual counseling may de-emphasize sex until other aspects of the relationship are better understood and communicated.
There are several techniques that combat sexual dys-function and are used in sex therapy.
• Semans’ technique, which is used to help combat premature ejaculation with a “start-stop” approach to penis stimulation. By stimulating the man up to the point of ejaculation and then stopping, the man will become more aware of his response. More awareness leads to greater control, and open stimulation of both partners leads to greater communication and less anxiety. The start-stop technique is conducted four times until the man is allowed to ejaculate.
• Sensate focus therapy, the practice of nongenital and genital touching between partners in order to decrease sexual anxiety and build communication. First, partners explore each other’s bodies without touching the genitals or breasts. Once the couple is comfortable with nongenital touching, they can expand to genital stimulation. Intercourse is prohibited in order to allow the partners to expand their intimacy and communication.
• Squeeze technique, which is used to treat premature ejaculation. When the man feels the urge to ejaculate, his partner squeezes his penis just below the head. This stops ejaculation and gives the man more control over his response.’
— J. Ricker Polsdorfer, MD
Wikipedia put it this way
“Sex therapy is the treatment of sexual dysfunction, such as non-consummation, premature ejaculation or erectile dysfunction, low libido, unwanted sexual fetishes, sexual addiction, painful sex or lack of sexual confidence, assisting people who are recovering from sexual assault, problems commonly caused by stress, tiredness and other environmental and relationship factors. Sex therapists assist those experiencing problems in overcoming them, in doing so possibly regaining an active sex life..”
A healthy and satisfying sex life is an essential component to having a balanced and fulfilled life. Sex therapy can help you overcome the obstacles that may be hindering you from achieving the level of fulfillment that you desire in your relationship or marriage.
Many women find it awkward to talk about sex and intimacy.
Sex therapists are however, trained to make you feel comfortable, calm and relaxed enough to talk about your reservations and fears.
For couples who find it difficult to communicate with each other in matters of sex, therapy can play a huge role in helping you to express yourself clearly and better understand your partner’s needs and desires.
Sex therapy may involve any one or all of these:
- Vaginal Dryness
- Sexual arousal
- Sexual orientation
- Sexual interest
- Erectile dysfunction
- Compulsive sexual behavior
- Premature Ejaculating
- Trouble reaching orgasm
- Painful intercourse
- Sexual Addiction
- Problems with penetration etc
The responsibility of a therapist is to focus on resetting the woman’s attitudes toward sex.
Whether or not sex therapy is an option for you is a matter of choice.
However,it is well to know that a therapist can help you overcome some sex related insecurities.