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Can I Work With a Sex Therapist in Los Angeles?
People often have questions about sex therapy, such as what sex therapists treat, what happens during a sex therapy session, and how it can help individual and couples. Sex therapy isn’t necessarily a new type of therapy, but it certainly has gained popularity as society has started to realize the connections between sex and sexuality and mental health and how both can impact quality of life and relationships.
Sex therapy can be beneficial for both individuals and couples who want to explore or improve areas of their sex life and relationship to sex. Sex therapists have specialized training on the intersections of sex and psychology and can help patients navigate how their mental health might be affecting their sexual health and functioning, and vice versa.
Meet our Sex Therapists, Couples Therapists and Psychologists in Los Angeles
Dr. Kate Balestrieri
Certified Sex Therapist
PACT III Therapist
Elena Bahar, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Evan Ganick, ACSW
Associate Clinical Social Worker
What Can a Sex Therapist Help Me With?
Some areas of specialty our sex therapists can help individuals with can include, but is not limited to:
- Healing From Sexual Trauma
- Low Libido
- Re-defining Healthy Sexuality
- Compulsive Sexual Behavior
- Sexual Dysfunctions
- Sexual Shame or Repression
- Exploring Sexuality
- Understanding Sexual Orientation
- Sex During Pregnancy and After Childbirth
- Struggles with Sexual Confidence
- Difficulty Reaching Orgasm
- Kink, BDSM, and fetishes
- LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapy
- Erectile Dysfunction + Early (Premature) Ejaculation
- Pain during sex
Couples sex therapy can address the situations above, but in additions can help you and your partner address:
- Mismatched Libidos
- Improving Communication About Sex
- Exploring Polyamory + Ethical Non-Monogamy
- Improving Sexual Satisfaction
- Differences in Sexual Preferences
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Teletherapy Service Available
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What Makes Sex Therapy Different Than Regular Therapy?
Sex therapy is actually very similar to psychotherapy, or traditional talk therapy.
During Sex Therapy, your sexual health, history, and preferences are taken into account if one of your therapy goals is to improve your sex life.
Sex therapy will include talking through any concerns and fears, developing an appropriate treatment plan, and providing education when needed.
Certified Sex Therapists have undergone significant additional training to ensure a judgment-free and holistic approach to integration of your sexuality, relationships and mental health.
Does Sex Therapy Include Any Physical Touching?
Sex therapy will never include any form of sexual, physical touch or contact of any kind. Sex therapists are mental health professionals who adhere to the same code of ethics as any other care-giving professions.
There can and will obviously be conversations about sex and intimacy in a safe, sex positive space, however, sex therapists will not engage in any requests or conversation that is sexually stimulating.
I Think Sex Therapy Could Be Helpful. How Can I Get Started?
We recommend first scheduling a free 30-minute consultation with our Intake Specialist, who will learn a bit more about your goals, and align you with a Modern Intimacy therapist who is most qualified to help.
During the consultation, we can discuss any questions or concerns you might have about our services, therapists, rates, and more.