A sex therapist is a person who specializes in working with individuals who have issues with the concept of sexuality or with personal issues related to sex or gender. They tailor their therapy sessions to fit the needs of their clients. Sex therapy according to www.webmd.com is strictly “talk therapy” and requires discussions between the sex therapist and their clients. During therapy sessions sex therapists and clients discuss and verbally work through the clients’ psychological and physiological problems or concerns related to sex or sexuality. Sex therapists often work in conjunction with their clients’ physicians on therapy and treatment plans. The role of a sex therapist is not to encourage clients to simply engage in more sexual activity. Rather they provide therapy to those dealing with transgender and homosexual issues couples who have relationship issues resulting in sexual incompatibilities individuals who have experienced any form of sexual abuse in their past and a multitude of other issues related to sex. The website sexuality.about.com discusses the training required to become a sex therapist and states that there are no specific or standard required. Some sex therapists are actual medical doctors others have master’s or PhD degrees in areas such as psychology sociology or social work and some have no formal training at all. The minimum requirement however is typically a bachelor’s degree in either a related or non-related discipline. The American Association of Sex Educators Counselors and Therapists and the American Board of Sexology are two of the most prominent organizations in the Untied States that offer certification and licensure in this professional field. The salary for this career varies but the website www.simplyhired.com states that the average yearly income for a sex therapist is approximately $45000.
|Education Required:||Bachelor's Degree|
|Tasks:||Discusses sexual issues with clients.
Helps clients deal with sexual phobias.
Assists clients who have mental or physical issues related directly or indirectly to sexual issues.
Works with both individuals and couples experiencing sexual problems.
|Also Called:||Marriage Counselor
Clinical Social Worker
Mental Health Professional