Sex has finally come out of the closet. People talk more openly about sexuality more now than we have in decades. The thing is, there are lots of people who claim to be sex experts just by virtue of having read "Fifty Shades of Grey". Sex therapy with our practice is evidence-based and aims to help you create the sex life that you find most fulfilling, not based on religious propaganda or pseudo-science. According to Abraham Maslow, sex is one of the most very basic of human drives (even more basic than love). Therapists specializing in sex therapy use this as a guiding principal. Parts aren't working the way you think they should? We can help. Feel like your sex life is out of control? Put down the "sex addiction" self-help book, and talk to a sex therapist who can help you sort through the noise that still surrounds all things sexual- even in New York. Sex therapy is as fitting for individuals as it is for folks in relationships. Issues ranging from working out guilt surrounding masturbation, fantasy life, porn, fetishes, dating, sexual identity, gender identity, relationship style, infidelity issues (and often the desire to be consensually non-monogamous) to sexual dysfunctions like premature ejaculation, delayed ejaculation, painful sex or erectile difficulty.
Abraham Maslow suggested in his Hierarchy of Needs that humans are all striving towards the top of the pyramid, which is self-actualization, which is an ongoing process of making sure the other blocks of your pyramid are sturdy. Sex, a basic human need, is sometimes confused with love and sexual intimacy, which are higher-order needs. Are you fully self-actualized? Not many of us are- which means most of us can benefit from therapy.
BUT WHAT IS A SEX THERAPIST?
Here's a great explanation from AASECT, the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists:
AASECT requires sexuality counselors and sex therapists to fulfill specific and rigorous training requirements in order to become certified and use the title of sex therapist. AASECT Certified Sex Therapists are mental health professionals, trained to provide in-depth psychotherapy, who have specialized in treating clients with sexual issues and concerns. They are either licensed, or in the absence of required licensure, they are certified, registered, or clinical members of a national psychotherapy organization.
Sex therapists work with sexual concerns and, in addition, where appropriate, are prepared to provide comprehensive and intensive psychotherapy over an extended period of time in more complex cases.
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