Clinical Sexologists approach issues in human sexuality in similar ways as psychotherapy. A clinical Sexologist may further include education on how to achieve improved sexual health and well-being. Clinical Sexologists work from a bio-psycho-social model and in some cases, clinical Sexologists will work closely with a client’s physician or nurse to establish a greater understanding of the problem. Sexologists also consider and explore the social aspects of sexual problems such as underlying cultural implications that may influence an individual’s sexual well-being and satisfaction.
Depending on the diagnosis, a Sex Therapist may utilize various forms of education materials towards facilitating change and in conjunction with therapeutic discussion. Education materials may include reading materials, watching audio-visual materials, and attending workshops. Homework and exercise assignments are also useful for couple’s or individuals to practice in the privacy of one’s own home.
Sometimes having more information will allow the problem to resolve. Sometimes more specific or intensive therapy will be needed. Homework may focus on communication exercises or specific sexual experience. This will depend on the progression of therapy and the individual level of comfort.
It is essential to inform that it is unethical and in some states a crime, to engage in any kind of sexual activity with a therapy client at any time or place.
adapted from aasect.org 2008
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