Sex Therapy/Intimacy Development

A cascading waterfall, flanked by flowers.Sex therapy involves improving physical and emotional self-awareness, addressing physical and emotional obstacles to sexual health, communication skills and conflict management, and increasing knowledge of sexual turn-ons and turn-offs. I help clients work through the shame that is often a part of sexual dysfunction in our culture.
Mutual respect, sound psycho-therapeutic theory, and good boundaries are necessary components to effective therapy. It is important to bring a non-judgmental, accepting presence to the diversity of human sexual desire and pleasure-seeking behaviors. I work with clients to better understand their goals and help them reach success.
My perspective and practice relating to sex therapy stems from my belief that individuals are motivated toward rewarding relationships, safe and meaningful bonding, and sexual experiences. Everyone has the right to experience their sexuality in a way that creates pleasure while maintaining physical and emotional safety, and honoring personal values. Sexuality is the convergence of biological, emotional, intellectual and spiritual selves. When sexual experiences feel negative or unfulfilling, or lead to negative consequences, sex therapy is an important intervention to move toward a state of emotional and sexual health.

The Beach....Atlanta, GA  (lol)

The Beach….Atlanta, GA (lol)

Listed below are issues frequently addressed in sex therapy:

•   Premature Ejaculation (PE)                        •   Difficulty with Orgasm

•   Erectile Dysfunction (ED)                            •   Pain

•   Low or High Sexual Desire                          •   Sexual Avoidance

•   Low or High Arousal                                     •   Aging and Sexuality

•   Rebuilding Intimacy in Recovery

Taking that first step for sex therapy may require a bit of courage – please know I am sensitive to that.   When we meet it will be helpful to obtain a good history in order to properly evaluate what is happening.  My usual protocol is for the first session to be with both individuals. Then, we will meet individually for one session and, finally, come back together for the fourth session to finish the assessment and discuss a plan for action.

For men, a frequent area of concern is related to erectile dysfunction or “performance anxiety.”  For those men struggling with this issue, it is not easy to talk about  – not with the partner, male friends, or even a physician.  However, erectile dysfunction conditions are very appropriate for sex therapy intervention. What’s more, ED conditions are quite responsive to sex therapy which can help restore you to your prior level of functioning.

Counseling Atlanta, Georgia

Counseling
Atlanta, Georgia

Having too high or low of a sexual desire or drive (Hyper or Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder, or HSDD) is a common condition as well.  In cases involving low desire we look at psychological and physiological issues such as energy, self-esteem, body image, feelings of attractiveness, stress level and any underlying conditions such as depression and anxiety.  We also look at other factors, including relationship discord, illnesses, difficulty with intimacy, anger, frustration or control issues.  HSDD is particularly overwhelming to most men!  (The Practice of Sex Therapy, Atlanta, GA, March 13 &14, 2009, Susan Lee, Ed.D., LCSW, CST, AASECT, Lawrence Siegel, MA, CST, AASECT, Richard Siegel, MS, LMHCC, CAP, CST, AASECT).

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For individuals in recovery from addiction, sexual functioning has likely been compromised during the progression of the addiction.  Following treatment, the recovery has to include the rebuilding of the sexual relationship which requires trust, communication, and skill building.

There are myths about aging and sexuality. A common myth is that age cools the fire of sexual arousal, that sexual desire and orgasm have run their course.  This could not be further from the truth.   There is abundant literature confirming the fact that elderly women and men remain sexually active throughout their lives.  Certain factors can contribute to functional challenges, e.g., medication interference, medical changes, brain chemistry, hormonal changes, vascular issues and psychological issues. However, such functional issues can occur at any stage of life, albeit more common among the aged. Counseling can help overcome these challenges, maintaining sexual satisfaction throughout life and adding more glimmer to your golden years.

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