Sex Therapy in NYC

Embark on a transformative journey with a sex therapist, designed to nurture resilience and foster healing. Sex and our sexuality is one of the most vulnerable parts of us and it deserves to be met with curiosity and handled with care and we’re here to guide you every step of the way.

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What is sex therapy?

Sex therapy is a specialized form of counseling that focuses on helping individuals and couples address sexual issues and improve their sexual wellbeing. Unlike traditional therapy, which might broadly focus on mental health, sex therapy zeroes in on sexual feelings, attitudes, behavior, and relationships with both yourself and others. It involves discussing and exploring various aspects of sexual health and relationship expectations around sex and intimacy and putting these thoughts and feelings into context with your lived experiences.

Sexual health and intimacy are integral parts of our lives, yet they are often shrouded in mystery and misunderstanding. At Holding Hope MFT, we work from a sex positive approach, meaning we celebrate and honor sexuality as a fulfilling part of one’s identity and interconnectedness to themselves and others. Our goal is to guide you through this journey in a safe, non-judgmental, and compassionate way. Together we will identify the negative narratives keeping you stuck, de-stigmatize the shame associated with sex, and encourage you to feel more connected to yourself and your parts.

How is sex therapy in NYC different from other types of therapy?

At its core, sex therapy is not markedly different from other forms of psychological counseling. It is conducted by trained professionals, typically involves talking through issues, and aims for resolution and improvement. However, what sets it apart is its focus. Whether it’s dealing with a specific sexual problem, enhancing sexual satisfaction, or addressing emotional issues related to sex, sex therapy provides a targeted approach. It’s a misconception that sex therapy involves engaging in physical interventions in session – in fact, it primarily revolves around conversations, education, and specific exercises tailored for you to practice at home.

Who can benefit from sex therapy?

Sex therapy in NYC is a service for all

Sex therapy is for anyone — regardless of age, sexual orientation, or relationship status — who has concerns about their sexual life. It’s not just for those in relationships; individuals can also greatly benefit from exploring their sexual history and working on improving their sexual health. Whether you’re facing challenges with intimacy, sexual dysfunction, sexual feelings or frustrations, sex therapy can offer valuable insights and solutions to helping you relate to yourself and your loved ones differently.

Sex therapy addresses a spectrum of issues

Clients come to us with a variety of concerns, including but not limited to:

  • Difficulties with sexual desire or arousal
  • Erectile dysfunction or vaginismus
  • Pain during intercourse/pelvic floor discomfort
  • Issues with orgasm
  • Impact of trauma on sexual wellbeing
  • Navigating changes in sexual relationships
  • Exploring and understanding one’s sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Resolving conflicts regarding sexuality within a relationship

At Holding Hope MFT, we tailor our approach to meet your unique needs, offering a compassionate and understanding space to explore and resolve your sexual health concerns.

What training does a sex therapist have?

Expertise and Qualifications for NYC Sex Therapists

At Holding Hope MFT, our NYC sex therapists are not just therapists; they are specialists trained in the complexities of sexual and mental health. The journey to becoming a sex therapist in NYC involves advanced trainings and clinical experience, ensuring that they are well-equipped to address a wide range of sexual issues. Here’s an overview of the typical training and qualifications our therapists have:

Educational Background

  • Master’s or Doctoral Degree: All our sex therapists hold advanced degrees in psychology and more specifically in marriage and family therapy. This foundational training provides a deep understanding of human behavior within the context of our childhood attachments and works to learn the impact our family system and relationships have on our overall mental well-being.
  • Specialized Training in Sex Therapy: Beyond their general therapeutic training, our therapists have undergone specialized training in sex therapy. This may include courses and workshops focusing on sexual health, sexual dysfunction, human sexuality, and relationship dynamics.

Certification and Licensure

  • State Licensure: Our NYC sex therapists are licensed to practice in New York. This licensure ensures they adhere to the highest standards of ethical and professional practice.
  • Certified Sex Therapists in NYC: Some of our NYC sex therapists hold or are currently pursuing advanced certifications from recognized professional bodies such as the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). This certification requires additional coursework in sex therapy, clinical experience, and adherence to ethical standards.

Continued Education and Training

  • Staying Current: The field of sex therapy in NYC is constantly evolving. Our sex therapists stay abreast of the latest research and techniques through ongoing education, attending webinars and trainings, and participating in professional development opportunities such as consistent peer consultation groups.
  • Diversity and Inclusivity Training: Understanding and respecting the diverse spectrum of human sexuality is crucial to providing culturally competent and non-pathologizing care. Our therapists are trained to be inclusive and sensitive to all genders, sexual orientations, and cultural backgrounds.

Our approach to sex therapy in New York City

Integrating expertise with compassion

Our approach at Holding Hope MFT integrates specialized knowledge about sex therapy with a deep commitment to empathetic, client-centered care. Understanding that sexual wellbeing is a crucial aspect of overall health, our therapy sessions are designed to be both informative and transformative, addressing the unique needs of each individual or couple.

Personalized therapy tailored to your needs

Each journey in sex therapy begins with a thorough assessment to understand your specific concerns, background, and objectives. This process allows us to create a customized therapeutic plan that resonates with your personal experiences and goals. Whether addressing issues like sexual dysfunction, intimacy challenges, or exploring aspects of sexual identity, the therapy is always tailored to suit your unique situation.

Creating a safe therapeutic environment

Sexual topics can often feel sensitive or taboo, which is why creating a safe, non-judgmental space for discussion is our top priority. We ensure that our conversations will be held in the strictest confidence, adhering to the highest standards of privacy and ethical practice. This secure environment is not only essential for open and honest communication, but allows you to explore and address your sexual concerns without fear of judgment or societal stigma attached.

Therapeutic techniques and modalities

We utilize a range of therapeutic techniques, including but not limited to sensate focus, touch or somatic  exercises, and breathe work. We utilize these tools to help you ground yourself in your body and become mindful and aware of your physical and emotional experience. Our training and expertise in sexual therapy also enables us to provide education on sexual functioning, guide you through exercises that can be practiced outside of sessions, and offer strategies for enhancing communication and intimacy.

Collaborative and interactive sessions

During our sessions, you can expect a collaborative and interactive approach. We encourage active participation and open dialogue, ensuring that your voice and perspective are central to the therapy process. Together, we will work towards identifying and overcoming barriers to a satisfying sexual life, enhancing not only your sexual wellbeing but also contributing to your overall quality of life and intimate relationships.

Commitment to continuous learning

The field of sex therapy is ever-evolving and we are committed to continuous learning and staying abreast of the latest research and techniques. This dedication ensures that you will receive the most current and effective therapeutic interventions and highest quality of care.

Benefits of sex therapy

Improving sexual health and wellbeing

The benefits of sex therapy extend far beyond the bedroom. Some of the key benefits our clients experience include:

  • Enhanced Communication: Improved ability to express desires, concerns, and boundaries related to sex.
  • Increased Sexual Satisfaction: Understanding and overcoming barriers to pleasure and intimacy.
  • Resolution of Sexual Issues: Effective strategies to address sexual dysfunctions or discomfort.
  • Improved Relationship Dynamics: For partners, sex therapy can lead to a deeper emotional connection and better understanding of each other’s needs.
  • Personal Empowerment: Gaining confidence and a positive self-image regarding one’s sexual self.

Transformative changes

Our clients often report transformative changes in their lives as a result of sex therapy. By addressing and resolving core sexual issues, individuals and couples can enjoy a more fulfilling and satisfying sexual relationship, which positively impacts overall life satisfaction.


FAQs about sex therapy in NYC

Is sex therapy only for those experiencing problems in their sex life?

No, sex therapy can benefit anyone interested in exploring or improving their sexual wellbeing, not just those experiencing problems.

How long does sex therapy typically take to show results?

The duration varies depending on individual circumstances and goals. Some clients see improvements in a few sessions, while others may require longer-term therapy.

Can I attend sex therapy alone?

You can attend sex therapy alone or with a partner. The therapy is tailored to individual needs, whether that involves personal exploration or addressing relationship dynamics.

Will I be asked to discuss my sexual history in detail?

While discussing sexual history can be part of therapy, how much you share is entirely up to you. We ensure a respectful and comfortable space for sharing.

Are there specific exercises or homework in sex therapy?

Yes, sex therapy often includes exercises or 'homework' to practice between sessions. These are designed to help you explore and address your specific concerns.

How do I know if sex therapy is the right choice for me?

If you're experiencing challenges with sexual function, intimacy, or have questions about your sexual health, sex therapy could be beneficial. A consultation can help determine if it's the right choice for you.

What's the difference between sex therapy and regular therapy?

While both involve psychological counseling, sex therapy specifically focuses on sexual issues, including sexual function, intimacy, and sexual health.

Can sex therapy help with relationship issues not directly related to sex?

Yes, often sexual issues are intertwined with broader relationship dynamics. Addressing these in therapy can improve overall relationship health.

Is Sex Therapy Right for You?

Deciding to explore sex therapy is a significant and courageous step towards enhancing your sexual wellbeing and overall quality of life. If you find yourself grappling with sexual concerns, feeling dissatisfied with your sexual life, or simply seeking a deeper understanding of your sexual self, sex therapy might be the right path for you.

At Holding Hope MFT, our compassionate and skilled therapists are dedicated to providing a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental space to explore and address your unique needs. We are here to support you on your journey towards a more fulfilling and healthy sexual life. If you’re considering sex therapy and wondering if it’s the right choice for you, we encourage you to reach out to us to schedule a free consultation. You can also scroll down and complete the contact form below or click the link to self-schedule a consultation at your own pace. Either way, we look forward to connecting and learning more about your story and would feel honored to work with you.

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