Foster a pleasurable sexual life
Sexual health is an integral part of overall health, and at Enrich we collaborate with our clients to make their sexual experience a pleasurable and integrated part of their life.
When we are young, most people learn about sexuality primarily from their friends, the media, and cultural messages. Formal education is typically limited to avoiding sex, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted illnesses (STIs). In the few households where parents talk with their kids about sex, almost none of these parents report talking about pleasure.
Learning about ourselves as sexual beings seems to occur mostly through trial and error, but research suggests that even this assumption is more positive than the reality. Many people experience their first sexual contact with another person through abuse, rape, coercion, and violation. Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that more than 1 in 3 women, and nearly 1 in 4 men experienced sexual violence involving physical contact during their lifetimes. One in two transgender individuals will experience sexual violence (National Intimate Partner & Sexual Violence Survey). Sexual abuse, exploitation, and assault often lead to temporary and long-term physical and emotional struggles.
With this backdrop, it is not surprising that people, whether or not they have a history of trauma, experience:
- Discomfort communicating about sex, urges, desires, pain, or fantasies
- Low or absent desire
- Obstacles to experiencing pleasure
- Distorted body-image
Sex therapy provides an opportunity to learn about pleasurable sex, and physical and emotional intimacy, and incorporates the whole individual and their life experience. At Enrich, we consider the physical person and frequently collaborate with urologists, OBGYNs, physical therapists, and other medical providers to more clearly understand and comprehensively treat. In addition to the biology, we explore the individual person and their specific background, interests, and desires. Better understanding of the person allows healing and growth to take place. Finally, in addition to biology and individual factors, sex therapy takes into consideration the environments from which the individual came and in which they currently are immersed.
The benefits of a vibrant sexual life are many! We see individuals and partners/couples who are looking to enjoy:
- Sexual enjoyment in the context of illness
- More frequent sex
- Increased pleasure from sex
- Romance and sex following childbirth
- Consensual non-monogamy
- More passion and romance
- Confidence in sexual expression
- Share what excites you
Colleen Ryan, LSW, “Sexuality and intimacy can be a core part of the human experience. However, they are often complicated by shame, taboos, and insecurities.
Through vulnerability, acceptance, healing, and education, I believe sex therapy can increase our ability to connect with ourselves and others. My hope is that sex therapy increases self-compassion, decreases shame, and helps move you toward your authentic relationship with sexuality, whatever that looks like for you.
Some common issues I work with are body image, differences in desire, performance anxiety, non-traditional relationships, sex after major life transitions, and sexual diversity.”
Heidi A Sauder, PhD is a certified sex therapist and sees partners who are struggling with:
- Differences in libido
- Pleasurable sex
- Opening their relationship
- Adjusting to chronic illness
- Healing from infidelity
- The ability to share desires and interests with their partner/partners
- Returning to romance and passion after becoming parents
- Adjusting to the effects of aging
- Increasing sexual intimacy