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Sex Therapy

Sex and sexual issues can be uncomfortable to talk about, but a healthy sex life and sexuality is a crucial part of our well-being, Sexual wellness connects us to our partners and can bring us feelings of deep fulfillment, inner peace, and self-acceptance. Without sexual health, feelings of frustration, rejection, hurt, anger, or loneliness may be predominant. 

Areas of concern may include concerns such as low or no desire, relationship conflict, arousal, performance, kinks, satisfaction, menopause, pregnancy, aging, premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, pain, affairs/cheating, trauma, gender/orientation questions, sexual compulsivity, and open relationships/alternative lifestyles.

Sexual health is important for both couples as well as individuals outside of a relationship. Sex Therapy can help you discover the root of the sexual issues and lead to health and fulfillment

Relationship Therapy

Everyone requires belonging and love. Relationships often start with passion and excitement, but experience periods of doubt and pain. The addition of a new baby, stress from your job, and being in a long-term relationship all put strain on the couple. Whether you are single, just entering a new relationship, or have been married for many years, relationship therapy is useful to assist in a deeper understanding of self as well as the needs of your partner. Some common areas include working together to build a stronger foundation for the relationship, develop effective listening and communication skills, and rediscovering the intimacy that brought you together.

Individual Counseling

Counseling or Therapy provides a non-judgemental safe place to work through difficult issues. Life stressors are impossible to avoid, but always possible to work through. Learning the skills to improve yourself and your relationships with others will prove valuable for your success and happiness. The therapeutic relationship works best when there is honesty, trust, and commitment to treatment. Professional counselors assist in education, exploitation, and guidance to discover what solutions work for you

EMDR Therapy

EMDR therapy combines different elements to maximize treatment effects. EMDR therapy involves attention to three time periods: the past, present, and future. Focus is given to past disturbing memories and related events, to current situations that cause distress, and to developing the skills and attitudes needed for positive future actions. With EMDR therapy, these items are addressed using an eight-phase treatment approach.​

Session Rates

60 -minute session for individual therapy, $180

90- minute session for couples therapy, $320

Frequency and number of sessions is client dependent. Between sessions, there are generally activities and goals to be worked on to continue progress outside of the therapy office. 

Payment Methods and Insurance 

Payments are made on the day services are rendered via cash, check, debit, credit card, or FSA/HSA cards.

Due to my commitment to confidentiality and ideal treatment, Elm Tree Counseling does not participate as an in-network provider with insurance panels; meaning I do not bill insurance for services. However, depending on your mental health coverage, most plans allow you to apply for partial reimbursement with the billing statement I can provide to you upon request.

What is Sex Therapy?

Sex therapy is a subspecialty of psychotherapy, focusing on the specific concerns related to human sexuality. People of all ages, creeds, health status, ethnic backgrounds, whether partnered or single, may benefit from working with a psychotherapist who specializes in this area. AASECT Certified Sex Therapists use specialized clinical skills and theoretical knowledge to help people solve their sexual concerns.

In most states and provinces, sex therapy is not a separately licensed or regulated profession, just as child psychotherapy or geriatric psychotherapy is not government regulated beyond granting the basic license to practice therapy. To assure the public of highly qualified practitioners, AASECT provides voluntary certification to those therapists who have completed the rigorous certification process. Only those therapists who have met these qualifications may designate themselves as “AASECT Certified Sex Therapists.”

What happens during therapy?

The therapy process is similar to that experienced with other mental health practitioners. The AASECT Certified Sex Therapist will meet with the person as an individual or with a couple, where a history of the concerns will be taken. The therapist will note both the psychological and the physical components. After this, a treatment plan will be proposed, with the individual’s or couple’s involvement in its development. 

The therapist may educate the person or couple about the issue and discuss possible options for change. This educational process may occur through suggested reading material, through watching educational audio-visual materials, through discussion with the therapist, through attending workshops, or all of these therapeutic processes. Having more information/education will help the problem to resolve. 

Often, homework exercises to be practiced individually or as a couple in the privacy of their home, between office appointments, will be suggested. The homework may be as general as communication exercises or as specific as actual sexual suggestions, depending on the progress in therapy and the person’s level of comfort with accepting direction.

What are some possible reasons that an individual may need sex therapy?

There are many reasons for a person to seek sex therapy. People experiencing concerns about arousal, performance, or satisfaction are likely to seek sex therapy. Among these problems are decreased or increased desires for sexual intimacy, or in the case of a couple, mismatched or discrepant desire or interest in sexual intimacy. Both men and women can experience concerns about arousal; there are many causes and options for solving these problems. At any age, performance or lovemaking skills can be of concern, as well as concerns about orgasm and satisfaction or lack thereof.

Additionally, concerns about sexual trauma in one’s background, medical conditions that affect one’s sexuality, sexual pain disorders, concerns about gender identity or sexual orientation, and issues around sexual compulsivity or addiction are frequent concerns that people discuss with an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist.

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