East Bay Intimacy & Sex Therapy
Why Sex Therapy?
Our East Bay sex therapists can help you to have a loving, secure and intimate sexual partnership. Many people have a hard time talking about sex in a vulnerable, direct and authentic manner. Some people don’t talk about it at all. Even though our culture is inundated with sexualized marketing campaigns, expectations and social pressure, rarely do people learn how to discuss sex in the context of attachment and intimacy. Not talking about one’s sexual desires, needs, feeling and issues with sex, prevents people from having intimate, healthy and exciting sex lives.
A sex therapist is a psychotherapist or clinical psychologist who, in addition to their Masters or Doctorate in psychology, holds specialized training in issues related to sex and sexuality. Some areas that sex therapy can address are desire discrepancies within a couple, development & deepening of emotional and sexual intimacy, arousal and desire concerns, difficulties with climax, emerging sexual identities, socio-cultural factors associated with sexuality, open relationships, extra-marital affairs & infidelity, diversity of sexual expression, cybersexuality, sexual trauma, abuse & rape, sexual dysfunction such as difficulty establishing or maintaining an erectile and painful sex.
Sex therapy supports couples in talking about sex with one another, as well as deepening each individual's understanding of their own sexuality as well as that of their partner.. We do not pathologize your sexual expression, experiences, desires, eroticism, fantasies or issues. Trained sex therapists feel comfortable talking about all things related to sex, gender and sexuality and are trained to help individuals and couples navigate discussions about sex. Sex and intimacy therapy helps couples get to the heart of the problem. In sex therapy, no topic is off-limits and nothing is taboo to talk about.
Despite being surrounded by unrealistic images of sexuality in the media, we live in a sexually isolating society in which people don’t feel comfortable talking to their friends about how they renew their sexual desire, or how to ask for what they want in bed. Men aren’t socially supported in asking their guy friends how to bring a woman to orgasm. Instead they have typically been expected to learn about sex through locker room talk and through pornography. LGBTQ youth may not have appropriate role models for healthy sexual expression, or worse, may not have the safety to discuss it at all.
Our North Berkeley Couples Therapy Center’s sex therapists are sensitive to how anxious you may feel when discussing this intimate subject with each other. Our highly trained sex and relationship therapists will help you feel at ease while guiding you into talking about sex, intimacy and attachment.
Couples often can’t solve these intimate issues on their own because they don’t have the tools needed and because sex and intimacy is closely connected to attachment issues. Our couples counselors and sex therapists can help you to have the satisfying sex life you long for.
Sex therapy addresses the root of the issues and helps you develop understanding, compassion and skills to heal together.
At North Berkeley Couples Therapy Center we have a great team of relationship experts and trained sex therapists. We help both partnered and single people learn to deepen intimacy, desire and pleasure. Through this process you will generate an exciting and fulfilling sexual relationship with yourself and your intimates. Many folks are intimidated by the idea of sex therapy, but we are here to tell you that it is a safe forum for exploration, curiosity and creativity...and leads to the fun and satisfaction in bed that you desire!
In The safe space of East Bay Sex Therapy you can address & work on issues related to:
- Communicating Desires
- Setting Healthy Boundaries
- Female Sexual Anatomy & Sexual Response Cycle education
- Low Libido & Arousal
- Prenatal & Postnatal sexual concerns
- Exploring Alternative Love/Life Styles
- Arousal & desire concerns
- Desire discrepancies within a couple
- Erectile dysfunction
- Performance anxiety
- Premature ejaculation
- Inability to orgasm
- Loss of libido
- Difficulties with climax such as delayed ejaculation
- Genital or pelvic pain, penetration difficulty, or other painful sex issues
- Development & deepening of emotional and sexual intimacy
- Sexuality during life transitions such as pregnancy, parenting, menopause, aging, health issues etc.
- Impact of infertility on sex and sexuality
- Perinatal and postpartum sexuality
- Open or poly relationships
- Sexuality & chronic pain or illness
- Emerging sexual identities
- Alternative lifestyle and sexuality (Polyamory, Kink, BDSM etc)
- Sexuality & disability
- History of sexual trauma, childhood sexual abuse or rape
- Extra-marital affairs
- Diversity of sexual expression
- Socio-cultural factors associated with sexuality
- LGBTQ issues
- Learning how to discuss sex and desire with your partner
- Empowered Dating Coaching
- Peri-Menopause, Menopause, and Post-Menopause sexual concerns
- Intersectionality of Gender, Race, Class & Sex
- Difficulty coming to Orgasm
- Vaginismus or other genital/pelvic pain
- Sexual Trauma
- Expanding Sexual Repertoire