So, I'm familiar with therapy, as I've been seeing therapists on and off for the past 15 years. And I'm familiar with sex. (*Waggles eyebrows suggestively.*) But sex therapy has always been a mystery to me, despite knowing a sex therapist personally. When I first met sex therapist and social worker Danica Mitchell and she told me what she did for work, I don't remember my exact reaction, but I'm sure it involved nervous laugher and an impersonation of Quagmire from Family Guy. ("Heh heh. Giggity.") So what actually happens when you visit a sex therapist? As I'd later learn, the experience is far different (and way less taboo) than what I originally imagined.
I spoke to Danica Mitchell, as well as licensed professional counselor and sex therapist Sarah Watson, to find out what sex therapy actually entails. As Mitchell explains, "Anyone who is struggling with sexual issues is a good candidate for sex therapy." And it doesn't matter whether those sexual issues are emotional or physical. If you associate sex with pain, embarrassment, guilt, or anything that prevents you from enjoying the experience, sex therapy may be a great option for you. Here's everything you should know before making an appointment.