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Sex Therapy

Sex therapy is a specialized type of counseling intended to help individuals and/or those in a relationship/s overcome sexual difficulties, concerns, and relational issues that may be the
result of these concerns. Sex therapy comes from a place of sex positivity, meaning our focus is on being non-judgmental and welcoming to all those who would like to explore sex, gender, and
sexuality. We do not place judgment around anyone’s sexual preferences; you will never see a yuck look on our faces. Sex therapy has been found to lower levels of sexual dysfunction, create
more positive attitudes towards sex, improve the perception of sexual enjoyment, decrease sexual dysfunction in relationships, and improve self-esteem around sex.


Who is a Sex Therapist?

A certified sex therapist is a counselor, therapist, social worker, psychologist, or
psychiatrist who has completed an AASECT approved certification program. This entails 150 hours of classes and supervision. One of the most important aspects of being a sex therapist, is providing a safe judgment free space where a client can truly open up about themselves and not experience shame.


We use a variety of different interventions in sex therapy that include mindfulness-based approaches, cognitive-behavioral strategies, psychoeducation around anatomy and physiology, use of sexual aids and other applicable interventions. Often times we utilize a team in sex therapy which may include working with a primary care physician to rule out organic causes, a prescriber, acupuncturist, physical therapist focusing on the pelvic floor, massage therapy, group
therapy, or any other suitable intervention to meet your unique needs.


What Sex Therapy Is Not

Sex therapy does not involve any physical contact between the sex therapist and clients. This is often a misperception around sex therapy.

What can Sex Therapy Treat?

  • Vaginismus (vaginal pain during intercourse)

  • Erectile Concerns (difficulty maintaining or achieving erection, difficulty achieving orgasm)

  • Premature or Rapid Ejaculation

  • Anorgasmia (inability to achieve orgasm)

  • Low Libido

  • LGBTQ Identity

  • Gender Identity

  • Non-Monogomy

  • Polyamory

  • Kink and Paraphelias (person's sexual arousal and gratification depend on fantasizing about and engaging with inanimate objects)

  • BDSM (Bondage Discipline Sado-Masochism)

  • Out of Control Sexual Behavior (pornography and compulsive sexual behaviors)

  • Sexual Assault Survivors

  • Sexually Offending Behavior

  • Affirming Therapy with Adult Industry Workers

Resources about Sex Therapy

 AASECT 
 MSTI 

Contact Us

1330 U St. NW (Third Floor)

Washington, DC 20009

202-888-5595

info@capitalpsychotherapy.com

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