Q & A

What is sex therapy?

Sex therapy is a form of talk therapy where you can expect the therapist to evaluate your concerns and assess your relevant history. One of the purposes of sex therapy is to increase your level of confidence in and out of the bedroom.

Sex therapy can also help you improve your already great sex life. The most frequent therapeutic outcome of sex therapy is the relief that comes with being able to freely share sexual feelings, thoughts, and fantasies.

How can I be open about the most intimate issues of my life with someone I’ve just met?

Your ability and willingness to be open and honest about your difficulties and concerns are key elements of your success in sex and relationship therapy.

One of my roles as a therapist is to provide an open and safe environment where you feel safe to express your fears and difficulties.

How do I know whether sex therapy is right for me?

Please refer to my section Why sex therapy to see if any of the topics are applicable to your concerns.

Are there homework assignments given after each session?

Not always, but frequently I will ask you to read certain books and/or complete exercises which may help you with some of the difficulties you are experiencing.

What if I feel uncomfortable sharing my concerns when my partner is present in therapy?

While it is essential to see both partners in couples therapy sessions, very frequently, especially in the beginning of treatment, it may be necessary to see partners separately to alleviate transitional discomfort.

Can I start therapy on my own and include my partner later, when I feel that I’ve made  progress towards my goals?

Absolutely. Very frequently my clients start their therapy as a solo experience and choose to include their partners later, once they’ve achieved certain goals and objectives on their own.

Does sex therapy for partners include any hands-on exercises or touching?

While there is no physical touch between client(s) and therapist, couples may participate in a series of graduated physical touching exercises in the presence of the therapist.

How can I book my appointments?

You can book your appointment online or send me a message indicating your location and time preferences.

How long are therapy appointments, and what is the cost?

$175 for 50-minute individual session.

$225 for 70-minute couples session.

What payment options do you offer?

I offer several payment options. I accept payments via cash, check, credit card, Paypal, or Venmo, payable at the beginning of each session.

Do you accept insurance?

While I currently do not accept insurance, your insurance may reimburse you for all or part of our sessions. I’m happy to provide you with itemized receipts to submit to your insurance company.

What methodology do you use for sex and relationship therapy?

I use an integrative approach that combines both sex therapy and relationship therapy.

This approach focuses on your personal development and ability to reach your sexual potential by increasing your capacity for intimacy and passion throughout the process of resolving sexual problems. Rather than telling you what to do or how to do it, this methodology uses your spontaneous sexual behavior as a window into yourself and your partner. This emphasis on personal growth differs from other conventional therapies that emphasize communication skills, empathic listening and negotiation.

One of the main goals of this therapy is to increase your ability to tolerate anxiety and develop your skills to approach difficult topics with your partner. It’s important that you and your partner become less emotionally fused, because fusion and emotional gridlocks kill passion and desire.

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