Sex pain and dysfunction
It’s no secret that problems in the bedroom can result in problems with your mental health. The following symptoms exist on a spectrum, and they often worsen with stress. But without proper treatment, they can significantly affect your self-esteem and relationships.
Shame: Shame is the emotion that tells you, Something is really wrong with me. I think I’m broken. When we feel high levels of shame, we tend to struggle with low self-esteem and isolate ourselves from others. Even if you’re in a loving relationship, you might notice yourself avoiding vulnerability or feeling immense embarrassment during sexual activity.
Low sexual desire or sexual interest: Sexual dysfunctions can naturally impact your desire to have sex. Even if you have a strong libido, you may realize that you find yourself avoiding sex or lacking sexual excitement altogether.
Fear: People experiencing sex problems often feel that things will be this way forever. This fear can be even more pronounced if you’ve always had sexual issues or if you have ever felt rejected by past partners or healthcare providers.
Loneliness: You may feel like you’re alone in your sexual behavior. It can seem like everyone else is having a great time with sex, which can be confusing. If sex has always been a problem, you might wonder how anyone could possibly find it enjoyable.
Anger: There may be a sense of anger that you’re struggling with this particular issue. If you’re a partner of someone with a sexual dysfunction, you may also feel frustrated by the situation, which can spiral into resentment. This anger often speaks to the helplessness associated with experiencing a sexual disorder or loving someone who’s struggling.
Ruminating about your past sex life: If the sexual problem occurs later in life (such as after having children or going through menopause), you may notice yourself continuously comparing your current situation to what you had in the past.
If you’ve ever opened up about your sexual difficulties, you’ve probably received a myriad of well-intentioned suggestions. Use more lube! Watch porn together! Buy this herbal remedy. Just relax!
But the truth is that sex is incredibly complex, and it evolves over time. Just like anything else. And while sexual issues can be challenging to live with, things can improve. This is why working with a sex therapy specialist can help you put the pieces together. My goal for therapy is to provide you with support and practical, effective guidance. My specialties include helping both individuals and couples to:
Sex therapy is similar to regular therapy. We will dive into your thoughts, experiences, feelings, and functioning. This work may feel vulnerable, but most clients find they wish they had this outlet earlier.
I embrace holistic work in my therapy, as sex is both a direct experience and a symbol of other important values, such as creativity, pleasure, joy, renewal, and play. While this type of therapy may be directly about your sexuality, remember that sex therapy is not a surrogate partnership or sex work. We’ll just be talking, and you’ll never be required to discuss things or do anything you’re not ready for.
“Sex not as something we do, but a place that we go” – Esther Perel