Sex Therapy

Sex Therapy: Fact and Fiction

If you or your partner seek sex therapy in Philadelphia or Montgomery County (Montco) you may be experiencing common sexual problems such as those listed below:

Erectile dysfunction (ED)
Premature ejaculation (PE)
Sex addiction or sexually compulsive behavior
Low desire
Arousal difficulty
Orgasmic difficulty
Sexual concerns due to medical issues such as cancer, diabetes, or multiple sclerosis
Aging and sexuality
Sexual pain
Sexual orientation/LGBTQI issues
Gender identity
Low-sex and no-sex marriages/relationships
Sex after infidelity
Sexual boredom
Sexual impact of depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other mental health conditions

For more information related to your specific situation or to set up an appointment, please call 215-760-3519 or send an email to TheĀ  Relating Well Center, LLC.

Most people never imagine that they will have the need to consult a sex therapist. When your sex life is going well, it seems like the easiest, most natural thing in the world. How upsetting it can be, then, when something starts to go wrong. Maybe you’ve lost desire, or the desire is there but the erection or orgasm is not. Perhaps your partner seems to be losing interest, or conversely, to have insatiable interest. Or perhaps you are experiencing physical or emotional pain during sex. Many factors can interfere in the ability to enjoy pleasurable sexual activity. In circumstances such as these, the services of a sex therapist can prove very helpful.

What exactly does a sex therapist do? This is often misunderstood, raising fears of having to be watched having sex, or even having to have sex with an instructor. These notions are absolutely not what legitimate sex therapists do, and such activities are strictly forbidden by our professional code of ethics. In fact, a legitimate sex therapist is a licensed mental health or medical professional with additional training in sex therapy techniques which include diagnosis, psychotherapy, education, homework assignments, relationship skills, behavioral skill training, and collaboration with doctors and healthcare providers.
While some sexual dysfunction can be treated with a pill, in many cases underlying relationship and psychological patterns must be addressed as well in order to achieve physical and emotional satisfaction. Sex therapists adopt a holistic approach that takes into account the body, mind, emotions, behaviors, and interpersonal relationships.
Patricia Rich has many years of experience helping individuals and couples to address their sexual concerns. She has completed a certificate program at The Institute for Sex Therapy at the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia, and is a Certified Sex Therapist through AASECT, the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.
Contact Patricia Rich to make an appointment for sex therapy in the Philadelphia or Montgomery County region.

Patricia Rich, LCSW