What Is Sex Therapy?

Our sexual health plays a large role in our lives and greatly contributes to our overall well-being.  Our “sexual life” can be understood as a reflection of our relationships, how we feel about ourselves and others, and how we are functioning in all aspects of our lives. If your sexual health is suffering, you may be suffering in other areas of your life as well.   


Sex therapy is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on sexual issues. It can also address some of the more general issues that a person may be experiencing, such as anxiety, self-esteem, depression, and relationship issues (sometimes treated with couple’s therapy). Sex therapy can be useful for dealing with sexual dysfunctions, problems within a relationship, issues with one’s sexual identity (LGBTQIA), sexual issues related to physical health, mental health, and/or life events. It is also used to address and/or treat sexual addictions and paraphilias, as well as issues related to sexual trauma. 

Individuals of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, and ethnic backgrounds, as well as those who have a partner and those who are single, can benefit from sex therapy. For some, the decision to seek out help for sexual issues can be difficult and, often, a little anxiety-provoking. However, addressing sexual issues can lead to a more complete and balanced life, and may assist with other difficulties that, in whole or in part, are related to one’s sexual health.