Sex therapy is a fantastic treatment method for both couples and individuals, but can be daunting if you are a Christian. The social mores that exist around sexuality in the body of Christ have huge implications for how we understand our own desires. With a Christian sex therapist, however, you can explore your needs, desires, and problems in the bedroom. It’s a safe space where you can work through your issues with a mental health professional.
But it’s still not as widespread as other treatments and most people don’t know a lot about it. So to help answer all your questions, here’s what you need to know before booking an appointment with a sex therapist.
About Christian Sex Therapy
Sex therapy is a form of counseling that helps people overcome and resolve sexual difficulties. During a session, a therapist will look at all the biblical, psychological, medical, and personal factors that are impacting your sexual satisfaction.
Some of the issues or dysfunctions a therapist might help you tackle are:
- Understanding biblical sexuality
- Low or excessive libido
- Low confidence
- Erectile dysfunction
- Premature ejaculation
- Inability to reach an orgasm
- Unwanted sexual fetishes or thoughts and more
During the Session
Sex therapy, as a form of all-talk therapy, is a safe and welcoming environment where you can, alone or with a partner, talk about what’s bothering you. During the first session, your therapist will discuss your problems with you while coming up with a treatment plan. They may recommend a range of solutions, from improving communication strategies, introducing Christian sex toys into the bedroom, and even examining underlying medical conditions that affect libido, such as low hormone levels.
With each new session, your therapist will help you work out coping mechanisms. Also, they’ll help you figure out how to respond better to different situations in the future by using scriptural principles. What’s more, your therapist will often give you assignments and something to do before your next session. That way, you’ll be actively working to solve your problems both in and out of the doctor’s office.
Who Can Benefit from Christian Sex Therapy?
Is your sex life causing you anxiety or frustration? Do you feel like you can’t talk to your partner about the problems in your bedroom? If that’s the case, you probably need sex therapy.
What’s more, you should consider seeing a therapist if you can’t find a way to connect or be intimate with your partner. An experienced professional can help you navigate through all of these problems and more.
Finding a Sex Therapist
A sex therapist can be a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, or marriage and family counselor who’s gone through extensive training.
The best way to connect with these mental health experts is by searching the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists website.
Of course, you can always look up therapists on Google or talk with your doctor, health care provider, and even an insurance company for a recommendation.
Before You Go In
Before you set foot into a therapist’s office, decide whether you want to book solo or couple sessions. That way, they can create a unique treatment plan for you.
Once you have a sex therapist in mind, make sure to check if your health insurance covers it. Also, work out how and where you’ll be seeing your therapist, and if you can easily reach them.
Having an active and fulfilling sex life as a Christian will make you a happier and healthier person all around. So if you’re having problems that you can’t work out with your partner, going to a sex therapist should be the next step.