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Sex Therapy-Masturbation

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Thursday, February 05, 2015

Just like any type of psychotherapy, Orlando sex therapy is a form of talk therapy. The sessions are conducted fully within the bounds of your personal value system, and is extremely effective. Sex therapy can benefit an individual, as well as a couple, and is effective for people of all ages, religions, races and sexualities. Sexual dysfunctions, such as erectile dysfunction, lack of orgasm, low or mismatched sex drives, premature ejaculation, painful intercourse, gender issues, surviving sexual trauma, sexual addiction/compulsion, orientation confusion and trust issues or marital affairs are just some of the issues that sex therapy can help. 


Masturbation is another issue that sex therapy can help an individual or a couple come to terms with. The private issue of a person’s masturbation habits can be problematic or cause confusion for their spouse, and even themselves. Consulting an expert, such as an impartial sex therapist from Psychological Affiliates, can provide a couple or individual with the safety to express their thoughts openly, without fear of judgement or contempt.

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Why We Cheat

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Thursday, April 03, 2014

In a recent interview with Slate Magazine, Esther Perel, author and therapist, brings fresh perspectives to the age-old issue of infidelity. Surveys consistently show that most marriages/long-term relationships are touched by infidelity at some point. Ms. Perel cites research showing that very often, cheaters are basically happy with their marriages or relationships. This seems to be especially true for men. Most cheaters say they really do not want to leave their relationships, yet they are willing to take risks and seriously hurt their partners and families.


Esther Perel makes some excellent points in her interview. Key among them is her observation that what cheaters really are seeking is a different self. Through an affair, a different aspect of one’s personality is brought to life, often in an overwhelmingly intense manner. This intense activation of a perhaps long suppressed or previously unrecognized persona is the real unconscious goal rather than seeking to have a different lover.


Ms. Perel also draws a distinction between cheating and non-monogamy. She suggests that “examining monogamy is our next frontier.” Instead of the old roles of cheater and the cheated-upon, new relationship models are needed which can demonstrate how to respectfully handle the shades of grey around the many sexual/intimacy/friendship/digital issues that affect modern relationships.


Many couples still agree that sexual monogamy is their ideal. For these couples, a therapist can help impart and sharpen skills such as conflict resolution, caring behaviors, prioritization, and sexual enrichment. A therapist also can offer craving management to help relationships withstand challenges. For couples dealing with the aftermath of infidelity, a specific problem may need to be addressed, such as sexual avoidance or sexual addiction.


Other couples may mutually agree to explore more autonomy, self-expression, or personal fulfillment rather than cheating or lying to one another. Even an unconventional arrangement, such as swinging, requires relationship boundaries and expectations for both partners.


A qualified sex therapist can work within a couple’s value system to help improve their shared sexual satisfaction. Having the courage to address such delicate topics is a start. A therapist can help couples build upon that beginning by having both partners clarify their priorities and cultivate acceptance of one another.


Provided by Alan Grieco, Ph.D.

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