Hälsosam Therapy helps you strengthen the integration and balance of your body, mind, and interpersonal relationships. Because sexuality is an opportunity for the embodied presence of mind, body, and emotions, we offer sexual and relational health counseling for qualified clients.
What is mindfulness-based sex therapy?
Mindfulness-based sex therapy is a type of psychotherapy addressing concerns about sexual functioning, sexual behavior and feelings, as well as intimacy and relationship issues.
There are many ongoing benefits of mindfully managing sexual health. Mindful management is empowering and proactive by developing and practicing skills that identify what specifically promotes balance and health for each individual, as well as what leads to imbalance. It is an integrative approach that includes a holistic perspective of including body and mind in identifying and cultivating the development of an individual’s authentic sexual self. Practicing mindfulness-based basic tools, for use in accessing information, supports individuals to make informed decisions for more immediate course correction, that is advantageous for short and long-term contentment and well-being.
In therapy, we identify and follow an individual’s personal values and beliefs. We practice mindful exploration of the sexual self and individuals learn about skillful management of personal erotic energy. The experiencing, experimenting, and deepening understanding of one’s authentic sexual self is a conscious and self-respecting process that assesses for health, harm and safety. This process is starkly different from mindlessly and carelessly repeating past expressions of sexuality that might have had included some short-term pleasures, leading to longer-term adverse consequences. Examples of some ways that one’s sexuality can be negatively influenced include; operating from an arousal template that is informed by past trauma, acting out sexual behaviors that induce shame or create disconnection, engaging in sexual experiences that are in conflict with one’s values, or by acting out problematic or compulsive expressions of sexuality. Therapy assists in learning to tolerate the constantly changing flow of the river of mind and emotions without defaulting to automatic reactions or seeking distractions.
Concerns may include:
- Erectile Functioning
- Rapid Ejaculation
- Painful intercourse (vaginismus, dyspareunia)
- Compulsive Sexual Behavior
- History of Sexual Abuse
- Sexual Boundaries
- Sexual Orientation
- Gender Expression
- Trust and Safety
What can you expect?
Because sexuality is multidimensional, there are many factors involved. A psychosocial history is taken at the beginning of treatment to facilitate understanding how past experiences, beliefs, and learnings are relevant to the current presenting concerns. Also explored are the possibilities of underlying factors like stress, anxiety, depression, and side effects from medications, or chronic illness. There may be conditions that require a physician ruling out or treating medical issues before beginning or continuing sex therapy.
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