Sex and Intimacy

Sex Therapy in Toronto

Although sex and intimacy are becoming less taboo, there is still a lot of stigma around sexual topics. People often feel embarrassed or ashamed to talk about their sexual identities, sexual desires, or sexual difficulties, but this does not mean they do not exist. 

What happens during sex therapy?

Sex therapy is a type of talk therapy focused around sexual topics. Sex therapists emphasise a space of non-judgment, where you can feel comfortable discussing concerns in an open manner. Sex therapy can be administered through individual sessions or couples sessions. 

It is important to note that sex therapy does not involve any type of physical contact with the therapist. Like other types of psychotherapy, sex therapy is about talking about sex, relationship, and intimacy related topics.

Sex therapists understand that sexual topics can be difficult to talk about. Oftentimes, sex therapy sessions will begin by discussing:

  • Sexual beliefs
  • Sex education
  • Sexual concerns
  • Sexual background
  • Goals around sex and intimacy

Because sex can be a tricky topic to open up about, sex therapists will usually let you set the pace. If you’re having difficulties discussing something, especially in early sessions, that’s okay! Building rapport and trust during sessions is an important part of sex therapy. You will not be forced to talk about things that make you uncomfortable until you are ready.

What topics does sex therapy address?

Sex therapy addresses a wide array of topics including:

  • Sexual discovery
  • Erection difficulties
  • Performance anxiety
  • Intimacy after infidelity
  • Sexual identity concerns
  • Improving sexual intimacy
  • Sexual education concerns
  • Low or lack of sexual desire
  • Sex/intimacy communication
  • Body image and self-esteem
  • Difficulties having an orgasm
  • Intimacy after having children
  • Navigating kinks and fetishes
  • Premature or delayed ejaculation
  • Difference in partners’ sexual libidos
  • Discomfort or pain during intercourse
  • Compulsive sexual behaviour (including sex addiction, porn addiction, and compulsive masturbation)

Although sex therapy focuses on sex and intimacy, sex therapists are trained in a variety of topics, including relationships, anxiety, trauma, and depression, which can intersect with sex and intimacy issues.

How can sex therapy help?

Sex therapists can help you explore the root of sex-related issues. Through sex therapy, you can develop tools and resources to change your current environment, change automatic negative thought patterns and negative self-talk, and promote healthier patterns of living.

Sex therapy can help you:

  • Handle sexual rejection
  • Resolve conflict successfully
  • Gain more confidence sexually
  • Get your sexual and emotional needs met
  • Develop healthy sexual behaviours after trauma
  • Have more satisfying and loving sexual experiences
  • Increase sexual arousal for yourself and/or your partner
  • Heal from past experiences of sexual abuse or trauma
  • Deepen your ability to give and receive affection freely
  • Feel loved and genuinely understood in bed and beyond
  • Develop your own brand of romance and loving expression
  • Reassess your values, priorities, and time for sex and intimacy
  • Discover how to be proactive in making your relationship better
  • Recover from affairs, rebuild trust, and feel secure with each other again
  • Discover what turns you on, find your lost libido, and start having sex again
  • Address conflicts over hot topics such as pornography, jealousy, and flirting
  • Shift arguments into effective communication so that you feel heard and understood

Because the backbone of sex therapy is trust, non-judgement, and openness, you can be sure that what you speak about during your session will not be shared by your therapist with other clients, therapists, or personal contacts.

How does sex therapy at KMA work?

Sex therapy at KMA begins with a 50-minute introductory session with one of our intake counsellors.

Because comfort and rapport are such important factors in sex therapy, at KMA, we ensure we pair you with the best possible fit based on your goals and personality.

We will provide you with a set of customised next steps. This includes the recommended sex therapist who is best equipped to help you, and any additional resources or services we feel would be helpful.

The consultation is also a wonderful time to address any questions you may have.

Once you’re matched, your sex therapist will prioritise getting to know what’s most important to you and if applicable, your partner.

Get started with sex therapy today

KMA Therapy has five locations throughout Toronto and we offer online therapy, too. To learn more about sex therapy, give us a call at 416 487 6288 fill out our registration form below to have our care coordinator reach out with more information. 

You can also book a session with us directly. 

Learn more by reading What is Sex Therapy? (The Pros and Cos)

Dealing with porn addiction? Check out the article Porn Addiction: What it is, How it can affect you, and How to recover.

To figure out whether couples counselling might be the right move for you and your partner, check out the article Will Couple Counselling Help My Relationship?

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