Sexual Health for Couples through Therapy
Sex is a private matter that we often don’t talk about — both within the couple and outside the relationship. It’s one of the most intimate moments that couples share, and as such, it is often a highly emotional topic to broach. Nevertheless, many couples experience difficulties expressing sexual desires, in communicating about sex, and fostering sexual intimacy. Not only do they need to discuss it with their partner, but the should also seek support to navigate these challenges for a more positive outcome. This is where therapy for sexual health can be extremely helpful for a couple who is struggling with sexual matters.In and of itself, therapy can help communication between you and your partner. This is more important for fostering intimacy than the act of sex itself. If you can’t properly communicate your wants and desires, then they are less likely to be fulfilled and you can be left disappointed. Like with all forms of communication-based therapies, sexual health counselling is built on trust, openness and receptiveness.
Improving Sexual Health through Counselling
People can have issues surrounding therapy for sexual health due to a number of reasons, ranging from early childhood experiences, to physical problems that affect sex drive, to long-term psychological wounds arising from sexual abuse. These issues are normal and experienced by many people, but they can put a significant amount of strain on a relationship when they interfere with a healthy sex life. With the help of an experienced Ottawa therapist who is trained in sexual health, the problem can be identified and fixed.
Finding, Targeting, and Fixing the Root Issues
As previously mentioned, sexual health issues can arise due to physical problems, childhood experiences, traumatic sexual experiences and more. However, it’s not these things specifically that can impact sexual health, but the emotions that are tied to these issues, and how they are linked to sex for the individual. Often, the reasons that cause sexual health issues for people cause them to have negative feelings of anxiety, shame, fear, anger, or sadness. When these kinds of emotions are associated with sex, it becomes incredibly difficult to communicate openly about sex, and nearly impossible to have a healthy sex life. Because communicating openly and honestly about these issues is difficult, it often doesn’t happen, leading to added stress in the relationship, reduced trust between partners, and a lower level of intimacy. Sexual health therapy starts by helping to facilitate this communication and help partners get a better understanding about each other’s sexual health. From there, we can develop strategies to help them work through these issues together.
Don’t let feelings of shame, inadequacy or anger keep you from having a healthy and fulfilling sex life. If you want help, Capital Choice Counselling can put you in touch with some of the best sexual health experts in the country.
Is sex health counselling for me/us?
- I’m no longer interested in sex with my partner.
- We have different sex drives.
- I’m fantasizing about sex outside the relationship.
- It hasn’t been the same since the kids were born.
- I find sex painful.
- I’m addicted to pornography.
- I can’t talk about sex with my partner.
- I can’t have or give my partner and orgasm.
If this sounds like you, Contact one of our Ottawa-based sexual health counsellors using the tool to the right.
Couple, relationship and marriage therapies, including therapy for sexual health, are often covered by your health insurance plan.