Frequently Asked Questions about Sex Therapy for Women
1. How does talking about sex help me with my sexual problems?
First, talking about sex with me helps you get more comfortable talking about sex with your partner. It is a way to practice what many think “should” be natural, but doesn’t feel quite that way. Many of my clients tell me that no one talked about sex in their families when they were growing up. Not talking about it can convey a message: sex is dirty.
Second, you may have unrealistic ideas about sex or just plain misconceptions that you are not aware of. Through talking with me, these things can come to light. Think of it as very personalized sex education – where you can ask ANY question without fear of being judged.
2. I’m afraid of hurting my partner’s feelings if I express some of my sexual needs. Could you help me with this?
Many people shy away from speaking directly to their partners in order to keep from hurting their feelings. I can help you get very clear about what you are wanting and needing from your partner, and then help you practice saying it. And of course we will work together to choose your words carefully. Most people would prefer to know what works well for their partner and what doesn’t. Couples need to think of this type of communication as “learning each other” – they can’t just know what their partner wants without some input. I can also act as a facilitator during a couples session – guiding both of you through the communication process.
3. How can I determine whether my problem is physical or emotional?
With any sexual issue, I would recommend that you get a full physical to rule out physical causes. Don’t forget to ask if any medications that you are taking could be responsible for your drop in desire, or difficulty achieving orgasms. That said, there is ALWAYS some emotional piece to a sexual problem. Ignoring the emotional piece can waste time and energy that could have been spent remedying the problem.
4. What if I’m just not sure that your workshop, or groups or individual sessions are for me?
I would be happy to see you for a consultation. That way, you can get a sense of how I work, and feel more comfortable making the decision to work with me. Wouldn’t you love to feel free of the guilt you are carrying around as you avoid sex? Wouldn’t you like to fully enjoy your lovemaking with your husband? This is what i do for my clients – I help them get to this point where sex is not “an issue” but is a natural and satisfying way of connecting to your partner.
5. I don’t know if I can convince my wife to come to see you, though I am willing. What other options are there besides sex therapy?
You can read it first, since you are the more interested party, then ask her at a quiet time if she will read it as well. Be calm and gentle with her, but let her know this is important for your marriage. There are exercises she can do, which you can then discuss. If you prefer the self-help route, try the many suggestions in the book – you may not think that you need a session with me after you’ve done this!
There is usually one partner who is more interested in resolving a sexual problem. If that is you, you will need to walk a fine line between continuing to bring up the issue, vs. becoming too pressuring. I can certainly see you first individually, and after hearing the particulars of your relationship, make some recommendations about how to address it with your partner.
What are your fees?
- $180 -45 minutes
- $240 – 60 minutes
- $360 – 90 minutes
You can see available appointment times here.
Please note that if you have difficulty finding a time that works for you, I will do my best to accommodate you, so please give me a call. I often have last minute cancellations which might work for you. Some Saturday or after hours appointments can be arranged as well.