What can you expect from sex therapy?
Sex therapy is superior to other forms of therapy for sexual problems because sex therapists have specific training in sexual function and dysfunction. Additionally, many (but not all) of our sex therapists have specialized in the treatment of sexual compulsions, otherwise known as problematic sexual behaviors. In your sessions, you will have the opportunity to talk openly about your most intimate problems and receive specific suggestions about how to solve them.
What will happen in your sex therapy sessions?
The first few sessions are spent getting to know you and understanding your problem. You will explore your psycho-social background and your family dynamics. Special emphasis will be placed on your sexual history, including how you learned about sexuality, and how you developed your sexual values and your sexual behaviors to date. The trained sex therapist, with your input, will develop an appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan. Depending upon your needs and wants, we can focus our work specifically on just the sexual issues or address the overall issues that are happening in your world.
Sex therapy treatment typically begins using a behavioral model (with special exercises given at the end of each session to be practiced at home by yourself or with your partner). Treatment is usually short-term. However, when necessary, the therapist will work with you to resolve long-term underlying issues which may inhibit free expression of sexuality.
For your convenience we have offices in 4 states and are able to work virtually with clients living in VA, PA, NJ, NM, FL and GA.
- Ocean City Therapy Office
360 West Ave, Floor 1, Ocean City, NJ 08226
- Mechanicsville Therapy Office
9044 Mann Drive, Mechanicsville Virginia, 23116
- Alpharetta Office
11720 Amber Park Drive, Suite 160, Alpharetta GA 30006
- Society Hill Therapy Office
233 S. 6th Street, C-33, Philadelphia PA 19106
- Art Museum / Fairmount Therapy Office
2401 Pennsylvania Ave, Suite 1a2, Philadelphia PA 19130
- Santa Fe Therapy Office, 2204 B Brothers Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87505
- Telemedicine: We have therapists who are licensed to work in Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Virginia New Mexico and Pennsylvania
If you would like to schedule a therapy appointment, you are encouraged to look at our clinician's biographies and schedule online. Each therapists phone number is listed on their home page or you can call 215-922-LOVE (5683) x 100 and speak with one of our intake specialists or to call (267) 324-9564.
We offer specialized treatment in the following areas:
- Affairs & Infidelity Counseling
- Emotional Intimacy Therapy
- Erection Difficulties Treatment
- Female Orgasm Problems Treatment
- Herpes Support
- Impotence & Erectile Dysfunction Treatment
- Infertility / Fertility Problems Counseling
- Interstitial Cystitis Therapy
- Low Sex Drive Exploration
- Male Orgasm Problems Counseling
- Negative Body Image Healing
- Orgasm Difficulties Treatment
- Painful Intercourse / Dyspareunia Reduction
- Painful Sex and Vaginal Spasms Decrease
- Premature Ejaculation Prevention
- Sexual Compulsions and Problematic Behaviors
- Sex Offenders Treatement
- Sexual Abuse & Rape & Trauma Therapy
- Sexual Aversion / Avoidance Counseling
- Sexual Communication Skills
- Sexual Mismatch in the bedroom Resolution
- Sexual Self Esteem Improvements
- Vaginal Dryness Correction
- Vaginismus Preventioin
- Vulvar Vestibulitis Counseling
- Infidelity Counseling
- Medical Conditions and Sexuality Therapy
- Safer Sex & STD's Counseling
- sex compulsions counseling
- Sexual Enhancements therapy
- Sexual Lifestyles Awareness
- Celibacy Exploration
- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgendered Exploration
- Open Relationship Exploration
- Sadism & Masochism, Bondage & Discipline, Dominance & Submission Exploration
- Sexual Stage & Development Therapy
- Techniques To Have Great Sex
- Anal Sex / Anal Stimulation
- Cunnilingus (oral sex)
- Fantasy Skills Building Tips
- Fellatio (oral sex for men)
- Lasting Longer
- Manual stimulation
- Masturbation Skills Building Tips
- Playful Sex Ideas
- Role Playing
- Romance and Seduction
- Separated, Divorced & Becoming Intimate Again
- Sex & Technology
- Sex Toys
- Sexual Communication (with others)
- Sexual Communication Skills
- Sexual Fantasy
- Sexual Positions
- Sexual Safety
- Sexual Self Esteem
- Sexual Self Esteem
- Technology and Sex
Please note, as the founder of Sex Therapy in Philadelphia, I define “Good” therapists as having raw talent and having at least five to ten years of clinical experience. Additionally, during graduate school, and afterwards a good therapist will have received on-going supervision, where all of their clinical work is video-taped.
Unfortunately, not all therapists are created equal, and many therapists lack the personal comfort to discuss issues around sex and sexuality. Nor do all therapists have the personal experience or the formal training to know the behavioral tips and tricks to maximize sexual health and sexual functioning. Sex is a physical activity like weight lifting. Technique matters. You can’t always talk your way into having a good body. You have to do something.
Most people at some point in their life cycle will experience a sexual problem. Common times when people will experience sexual problems:
* During early childhood, children often witness confusing information. They are exposed to sexually graphic material online without ever having had a discussion with their parents about what is healthy sex
* During early childhood adults often use euphemisms to talk about sex, as opposed to explanations that actually make sense. So children may develop unrealistic thoughts.
* Women may get their periods and boys may have a wet dream before anyone has ever prepared them for what to expect and what to do.
* During adolescents children may engage in sex without a condom or birth control because they know they want sex, but they don't know how to practice safer sex or don't have access to safer sex
* Young adults may end up feeling sexually used, because they don't have the skills to say no, or the sex was never discussed ahead of time so both people have a different expectation as to what it means. Many young adults struggle to talk about relationship dynamics, let alone sexual dynamics.
*Puberty, changing bodies without accurate information. Sex / sexuality is not intuitive.
* Premature ejaculation can happen when a young man is so excited, and then lead to embarrassment
* Painful sex may occur the first time a woman has sex because it's a new experience and her Hyman is breaking and / or she wasn't properly stimulated first, or its simply a new sensation.
* Childbirth creates many different changes in the body
* Elite athletes have changes to their menstrual cycles
* Taking too much muscle enhancements, or for that matter any kind of medication. Many medications have sexual side effects
* Menopause causes hormonal changes, which negatively impacts sex
* Old age can cause men to wax and wane and need more direct stimulation to their penis
* When unhappy in a relationship, sometimes the body knows it first
The list is endless. There are so many points in the cycle of life that a person can get stuck sexually. Working with a trained therapist in the area of sexuality can help.
Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, MS, LPC, PHD
Richard (Rick) Snyderman, LPC, CADC, CSAT, NCC
Director of Group Therapy