SEXUAL HEALTH AND SEXUAL PROBLEMS
A healthy and fulfilling sex life is crucial for happy relationships and individual well-being. At times, though, medical illnesses, relationship concerns, financial hardship, or mental health problems can negatively affect an individual's sexual functioning. As a result individuals affected may experience such feelings as embarrassment, shame, guilt, anxiety, anger, loneliness, and depression. These feelings have a power to destroy relationship satisfaction, turn partners against each other and diminish individual self-esteem, self-confidence and overall well-being.
Common sexual concerns include:
Additionally, concerns may arise from experiences that are not inherently problematic, but rather outside of the heterosexual, binary, or monogamous “mainstream”:
Questioning Sexual Orientation
Questioning Gender Identity
Alternative Sexual Lifestyle
Unconventional Sexual Practices
Fortunately, most of the sexual problems and concerns can be successfully addressed in sex therapy. Clients participating in sex therapy are encouraged to explore intimate areas of their lives and learn new skills necessary to restore their sexual health as well as build fulfilling intimate relationships.
MY MISSION AND MY APPROACH
I have chosen to specialize in the field of sex therapy because I strongly believe that sexuality is an integral part of a person’s overall well-being. My mission as a sex therapist working with individuals and couples is to provide unbiased education about sex, sexuality and sexual health, remove the negative stigma and promote sex positive attitudes, support discovery and enhancement of sexual fulfillment, capacity for pleasure, as well as physical and emotional connection rooted in sexual health. It is important for me to provide accurate information regarding sexual health, guidance, effective techniques and psychosexual skills to improve sexual functioning as well as encouragement to increase sexual confidence and self-esteem. When indicated, I will suggest and discuss thoroughly a referral to a specialist such as a urologist, gynecologist, pelvic floor physical therapist as an adjunct treatment intervention.
I appreciate the fact that cultural and social norms often make it difficult to discuss sexual concerns in general, let alone with a mental health practitioner. Therefore, in my client-centered and collaborative approach as a sex therapist, I employ high sensitivity, empathy, flexibility, and attunement to my clients’ unique needs personalities.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF SEXUALITY EDUCATORS, COUNSELORS AND THERAPISTS (AASECT)
The fundamental principle of sex therapy is that sexuality (and sex) is inherent, essential and beneficial dimension of being human. Sex therapy is not only a very specialized but also greatly sensitive treatment type which requires expert training and experience as well as respect for diverse human sexual experiences and values.
American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) is a professional organization that promotes the highest standards of professional practice for sex therapists. With its impeccable standards for training, experience and ethical behavior, AASECT is recognized as the guardian of professional standards in sexual health. Certified Sex Therapists (CST) have demonstrated adherence to those standards and competence in the field of sex therapy by becoming credentialed by AASECT.
I am proud to be one of few AASECT Certified Sex Therapists in Dallas - Fort Worth area. If you wonder whether sex therapy can effectively address your concerns, please click below to schedule your free phone consultation with me.