Sexual Problems

A sexual problem, sometimes called a sexual dysfunction, is a problem during any phase of the sexual sexual act (such as desire, arousal or orgasm). Although many people experience trouble with sex at some point, it is a topic that many people are hesitant to discuss. There are a number of specific sexual disorders, including sexual desire disorders (low libido), sexual arousal disorders (inability to become aroused – erectile dysfunction or vaginal dryness, for example), orgasm disorders (delay or non-appearance of orgasms) and sexual pain disorders (painful intercourse, most commonly affecting women). A sexual problem can occur suddenly or develop slowly, over an extended period of time. The reasons for sexual problems can widely vary but may include factors such as fluctuating hormones, aging, stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, diet, medications, illness or past sexual trauma. If you are dealing with sexual problems, a qualified professional therapist can help you identify the cause and help you develop ways to cope. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s sexual problems experts today.

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I have additional training from the California Institute of Integral Studies in Sex Therapy and advanced supervision.

— Alyssa Doberstein, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Raleigh, NC

Sexual dissatisfaction occurs when your sexual experiences do not bring you pleasure, fulfillment, or connection. If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Many of my clients find themselves stuck in patterns of self-judgement and disconnection. I am comfortable and experienced in addressing a wide range of women’s sexual health concerns, including low libido, arousal difficulties, pain with intercourse, lack of desire, sexual avoidance, trauma, and sexual shame or anxiety.

— Jessica Byrd, Counselor in Tempe, AZ

Struggles with sexual desire and pleasure can arise from many places. Traumatic life events, health and relational problems, or life transitions, can all contribute to a diminished sense of sexual expression. Sex therapy assists people too remove blocks to intimate connection with self and others, in an open, supportive, and non-judgement environment. Together we can help you find your own erotic pathway towards greater connection and intimate pleasure; whatever that may be.

— Joseph Winn, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Concord, MA

With my guidance, you can learn to talk to each other about intimacy in a way that makes you both feel safe, including the way to express your needs, and the appropriate way to react to your partner's requests. There is a complexity of inner emotions, desires and vulnerability at play here, all of which need to be tapped into in order to get to the root of the intimacy issues. Then, you can connect deeper as a couple.

— Adela Stone, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Jose, CA

Learning ways to enhance intimacy and sexuality in your relationship with the appropriate guidance and tools can help through challenging times and at any stage of the relationship. The tools that you will receive during the therapy process will help make a good relationship great, and lead to the enhancement of intimacy and sex in your relationship.

— Galit Ribakoff, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in Dallas, TX

Generally speaking, sex therapy is the treatment of sexual dysfunctions. However, most of the time this type of therapy is not limited to only sexual issues with your partner. The purpose of sex therapy is to deepen an individual or couple’s understanding of one another’s needs and desires in preparation for intimacy and/or pleasure. Scientifically speaking, sex therapy is found to be beneficial for both couples and single individuals of any sexual orientation.

— Filippo M. Forni, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Challenges with sexuality and intimacy often stem from our past difficult experiences like unresolved fears or some anxiety about closeness, and other elusive factors like lack of sexual education that we may not easily see. These are sensitive topics that are difficult to navigate, and it is helpful to have some guided discussion to draw out and address roadblocks getting in the way of deepening your sexual relationships.

— Trisha Andrews, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Parker, CO

My practice specializes in issues relating to sex, including (but not limited to): Sexual functioning, desire, & anxiety/attitudes towards sex.

— Lyrra Isanberg, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Evanston, IL

I support clients healing from sexual abuse, sexual assault, purity culture, and compulsory heterosexuality. I help clients work through their history, process any relevant traumas and core beliefs, and work toward sexual liberation and authenticity.

— Kirsten Cannon, Counselor in Memphis, TN

Sexual problems can impact every area in your life. These problems are often overlooked and not addressed due to shame. There are research study after research study about how primary doctors need to do a better job asking and talking about sexual health. You can be assured sexual health will be our focus and you can feel free to discuss anything sexual on your mind so we can address what is getting in the way of a happy, healthy sex life. Call me today to discuss further how I can help!

— Michael Stokes, Mental Health Counselor in Newport, RI

Sexual problems are super common. This is because a lot of what we believe about sex is learned through the lens of religious oppression, patriarchy, and purity culture. I will help you work to dismantle your sexuality from harmful systems and experience the freedom of trusting your own self and your own body and experiences.

— Celeste Smith, Marriage & Family Therapist in Tyler, TX

Sex is supposed to be this amazing thing filled with fun, love, thrill, excitement that comes so natural to you. Yet is has become a chore, a reward/punishment game where you are treated like the Pavlov dog when the bell rings. Maybe you never enjoyed it in the first place and you hate your body or it just hurts. Maybe you use it compulsively to fill that void, you can't get enough yet the void gets bigger. I work with performance anxiety, desire discrepancy, out of control sexual behavior.

— Ioana Avery, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Katy, TX

As a sex therapist, most of my professional work has been centered around helping folks navigate sexual issues. I use a sex-positive lens in working with sexual concerns.

— Taylor Kravitz, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

I have been working with couples and individuals both for a variety of sexual concerns for several years and am now working towards becoming a Certified Sex Therapist. I see folks for a variety of sexual concerns including: sexual dysfunction, pain, differing libidos, lack of pleasure, sexual abuse, LBGTQ+, low desire, non-traditional relationships, kinks, out of control sexual behaviors, and more. I desire to foster a space where you can experience vulnerability around these concerns.

— Julie Labanz, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Cincinnati, OH

If you’re feeling sexually unsatisfied you may experience painful intercourse, decreased desire, or difficulty with orgasm. While addressing sexual dissatisfaction in therapy we will work together to understand your sexual response and anatomy, identify factors that keep you feeling “stuck” or unfulfilled, and build your comfort with engaging in sexual or intimate experiences. Let's work together to build your sexual self-confidence and learn what healthy sexual expression looks like for you!

— Jessica Byrd, Counselor in Tempe, AZ

If you, or perhaps your child, has been accused of a sexual offense, you’re probably sweating bullets right now. You’re thinking “life is over” or wondering how in the world you are going to get through this. Working with adolescents and adults, I provide non-judgmental risk assessments, treatment, and support. With the belief that one’s worst deeds do not define them; I hope to give everyone the chance to overcome and rise to their full potential.

— Megan Wurzel, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in La Crescent, MN

Sexual shame, sexual pain, sexual desire are often culprits to disturbances in our sex lives. We work together to acknowledge the source of the mixed messages we received as children while being compassionate with ourselves. Together, using sex therapy strategies we will challenge, educate, and develop healthy pleasure practices.

— Janice Leonard, Licensed Professional Counselor in Plano, TX

My background as a sexuality educator as well as being sex therapist means that I can give high quality information from an ethical, pleasure positive and clinically sound place. I teach classes on sexual skills and pleasure and keep up to date on classes, retreats and other info to help my clients create a healthy and robust sex life.

— Jamila Dawson, Sex Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I am a Michigan Trained, Certified Sex Therapist. I believe that sex is a vital part of the human experience and I love working with folks to help them creatively solve their sexual challenges.

— Stefani Goerlich, Sex Therapist in Royal Oak, MI

I love talking about sex. I love helping people have great sex. Our society is filled with shame about our bodies and sex that many of my clients have never talked about it with anyone, including their sexual partners. Society has sexualized all touch and made it so people feel like sex is the only place they can be touched. Many of our relationship issues and stressors impact our sex lives and prevent us from feeling connected and fulfilled in our interactions. I'm also supportive of asexuality

— Tia (Christia) Young, Counselor