Most people I meet have never heard of sex therapy. I would like to share with you some answers to commonly asked questions about sex therapy
Will the therapist touch me?
No! Sex therapy much like individual or couples counseling is strictly talk therapy. Your therapist may ask you to do “homework” in the privacy of your own that will help move you forward between sessions and provide material to work through in the therapy. The therapist will help you identify the source of the physical or emotional difficulty and work through it to build a satisfying and precise solution for your individual and relationship challenges.
It Hurts! Can you help?
Sex therapy can provide solutions for a wide range of sexual challenges and dysfunctions. The therapy will address the physical, emotional, and relationship dynamics that affect the symptoms you are struggling with. A professional sex therapist will work closely with a gynecologist, a urologist and a physiotherapist to provide a comprehensive approach to your challenges. Also, you should know, pain really does not need to have a place in your sexual intimacy.
We’re a little different… I’m just not attracted to him anymore. Can sex therapy help us?
Unlike all other areas of our lives where we tend to believe change is possible (work, family, politics) there is a common myth that sexual attraction is completely beyond our control. In therapy there is a wide array of tools for working on our connection and attraction to our partners. Opening new lines of intimate communication can often work wonders where it seemed there was no hope for change.
We have been suffering for 10 years — Therapy must take at least 20
Sex therapy is generally solution oriented. You may be surprised to learn that with many sexual problems you can begin to see improvements fairly quickly. Unlike traditional couples counseling or individual therapy sex therapy has measurable physical effects and improvements can really help you stay motivated and on track in therapy.
Wow! That’s Embarrassing…
Trust me, it’s not. Sex therapists in Israel are required to be therapy professionals (social workers, psychologists, or physicians) and to have two years of post-graduate training in sexuality and sex therapy. We have been trained to make you feel comfortable and you can expect to be accepted as you as you are. Professional sex therapists will not judge you or try to change your sexual identity or preferences. We will work with you on the physical, emotional or relationship challenges you share with us.
Bracha Shapiro MSW is a clinical social worker and sex therapist serving the Sharon region.
You can visit her website here.
Bracha is also a contributing member of JewishIntimacy.com