Relationships that work can be a wonderful source of growth and self-awareness. Relationships that are not working are a major cause of stress and consequently, illness of many kinds. Keesha has a doctorate in sexology and is an ASECT certified sex therapist. She has trained with David Schanarch, Gina Ogden and many other visionary therapists.
Sex therapy can help you resolve various sexual issues, from concerns about sexual function or feelings that affect your sex life to the way you relate to your partner. Through sex therapy, you may address:
- Concerns about sexual desire or arousal
- Concerns about sexual interests or sexual orientation
- Compulsive sexual behavior
- Erectile dysfunction
- Ejaculating too quickly (premature ejaculation)
- Trouble reaching orgasm (anorgasmia)
- Painful intercourse (dyspareunia)
- Intimacy issues related to a disability or chronic condition
Talking about sex and intimacy can feel awkward, whether you know why you're having a sexual issue or you're baffled by the problem. Remember, though, that Keesha is trained to understand these reservations and to help identify and explore sexual issues. Through sex therapy, you'll learn to express yourself clearly and better understand your own sexual needs, as well as your partner's sexual needs. If you're in a relationship, it's usually most helpful to involve your partner in meetings with Keesha. You and your partner may be assigned a series of homework exercises, such as:
- Reading about sexual techniques
- Slowing down and focusing on what you're sensing during sexual encounters
- Changing the way you interact with your partner during sex
Sex therapy is usually short term. Some concerns can be addressed quickly, in just a few visits. Typically, however, a number of counseling sessions are required — usually weekly or once every two weeks for several months. As sex therapy progresses, you'll use your home experiences to further identify and refine the issues you'd like to work on. Remember, sexual coaching that involves physical contact isn’t part of what will happen at Fern Life Center.
Keep in mind that concerns about sex and intimacy are often linked to other underlying issues, such as stress, anxiety or depression. In other cases, sexual function is affected by chronic illness, medication side effects or surgery.