What is Therapy?
The American Psychological Association (APA) defines therapy as a treatment for psychological problems in which therapists and clients work together to understand problems and come up with plans for fixing them, generally by changing ineffective thoughts, emotions or behaviors. Below are various therapeutic services provided by Pandora's Awakening.
Individual therapy, sometimes called “psychotherapy” or “counseling” is a process where clients sit one-on-one with a trained therapist in a safe, caring, and confidential environment. Clients will make an appointment to explore specific problems that are keeping them in a “survival state” rather than “living fully” and experiencing life as it is designed to be lived.
Couples counseling is a process through which a couple (who may be dating, engaged, married or partnered) works with a trained therapist to identify specific areas of conflict and/or aspects of their relationship that they would like to change or improve upon. Therapy is also a process where a couple can develop a plan of action to improve each individual’s level of satisfaction and fulfillment in the relationship.
Therapy can be a taboo topic to most, and the idea of sex therapy is an even greater taboo. As a therapist that specializes in sex therapy, I often get asked the question, “Why would someone seek a sex therapist?” My response is, “ just like you might go to a cardiologist for your heart versus a primary care physician, you might at times need a therapist with a level of expertise in an issue you currently have concerns with sexually.” A sex therapist is a trained mental health professional that has obtained additional evidenced/scientific-based training regarding sex and sexuality.
Here are just a few topics someone would see a sex therapist specifically for: conflict over different sexual desire levels, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, performance anxiety, inability to orgasm, sexual identity concerns, gender reassignment, reproductive health issues, pain during intercourse, sexual compulsivity, and past sexual abuse. The list goes on. The primary reason to decide to see a sex therapist over a general therapist is that you want to be able to openly discuss sexual issues with someone well educated and confident with the topic of sex with the freedom of shame and guilt.