Sexual Health Q&A

How does one find a sex therapist?

One of the best ways to find a sex therapist is through a doctor’s referral, but it’s helpful to have a complete physical checkup first. Some sexual problems are associated with underlying medical conditions. For example, many men with diabetes or heart disease have erectile dysfunction. Women can experience poor lubrication after menopause. Treatment for these conditions may alleviate the problem. However, if the doctor suspects psychological causes, a referral to sex therapy can be made.

Sex therapists can also be found though professional organizations, which usually provide the names of licensed professionals with proper credentials.

Client-therapist rapport is important. Sometimes, clients need to talk to a few therapists before finding one that is a good fit. If, for any reason, a client feels uncomfortable, he or she should stop seeing the therapist.