Sex Therapy

It’s worth noting that anyone can call themselves a sex therapist, regardless of how much or little training and experience they’ve had. In your search for a provider, we highly recommend looking for an AASECT (American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists) Certified Therapist, so you know you’re working with someone with the training and experience to assist you with your presenting problems. AASECT Certified Therapists are required to have over 150 hours of education, 1000 client hours, and 50 hours of supervision before they can apply for certification. Once certified, they are required to continue their education on an annual basis or lose their certification status.

Sex therapists work with a wide variety of topics, using modalities including psychoeducation, narrative therapy, Gottman therapy, and much more. We work with issues including, but not limited to: 

  • Understanding and navigating sexual health concerns/dysfunction
  • Addressing sexual shame and guilt
  • Processing through sexual abuse and trauma in childhood or adulthood
  • Exploring gender identity, sexual orientation, coming out as LGBTQIA+, and deconstructing internalized homophobia, transphobia, misogyny 
  • Addressing interest and the practice of kink and fetish-related behaviors
  • Exploring, processing, and learning about sexual behaviors in a relational or individual context
  • The exploration of all things related to dating, breakups, and single life 
  • Address difficulties with intimacy and connection, including desire discrepancy, increasing sexual desire/low desire, issues with arousal and orgasm, and pain during sex
  • Marginalized communities and individuals including sex workers
  • Improving your sex life post children, or after losing sexual interest in your partner 
  • Identifying your sexual values and and sexual preferences

What sets Steffen Counseling apart is that our owner is AASECT certified, which means that our therapists who specialize in Sex Therapy receive AASECT-certified supervision. Only 5% of clinicians in the U.S. are AASECT-certified and even fewer are Supervisor-certified. 

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We have a short questionnaire that will help us match you with the right therapist according to your needs.