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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Sex Therapy is a specialized form of psychotherapy.  Professionals who provide sex therapy services are licensed therapists who may have training as social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, or psychologists. A Certified Sex Therapist uses knowledge of psychology and physiology to provide therapy to people who have concerns about intimacy, sexual feelings and sexual functions.  

Common subjects to discuss with a sex therapist:

  • Desire Gap

  • Sexual Orientation Questions

  • Gender Identity Questions

  • Performance Dissatisfaction

  • Sexual Assault Recovery

  • Sexual Trauma Healing

  • Alternative Relationship Styles

  • BDSM

  • Kink

  • Fetishes

Certified Sex Therapists do not engage in (or observe) sexual behaviors with clients.  

Does Relationship Therapy or Sex Therapy Mean the Relationship is Doomed?

No! It can mean that one or more parties recognize an opportunity for growth in an area (or areas) within the relationship.  Therapy can help couples set goals for their future and decide the best route to pursue those goals.  Some couples decide their best and most rewarding path forward is together, some chose diverging paths.  Some choose a hybrid model - together we can work to explore the options.

Can I Benefit From Sex Therapy If I'm Not in a Relationship?

Yes, absolutely! Healing past wounds and becoming aware & secure in your authentic sexuality will enhance your life and future relationships. Prepare for future relationship(s) by becoming sexually empowered and self-assured.

How Much Does Therapy Cost?

Individual: $125/session (45-55 minutes)

2 Adults: $140/session (45-55 minutes)

Additional person/people in session are welcome - ask Michelle for details.

Extended sessions are available.

Every client is different; the number of sessions depends on many factors.  Number of sessions can range from 6-100+. 

Accepted forms of payment: cash, credit card, Venmo, Health Insurance (see next), and Victims Compensation*.

*certain districts

Will My Health Insurance Pay?

Sexual health is an important factor to your overall wellness, but health insurance may not cover Sex Therapy expenses. 

Michelle is in partnership with Sondermind Services to accept certain health insurances. Clients are encouraged to speak directly to their carrier for specific information about co-pays, deductibles and covered expenses. Not all diagnoses are covered by all insurances.  

Currently accepting:

  • Anthem/BCBS

  • Aetna

  • Cigna (including EAP)

  • Bright Health

  • Optum/United EAP

  • United Healthcare

Clients with other insurances may request a “Superbill” for possible out-of-network reimbursement.  Clients are responsible for the payment of all costs not covered by insurance.

Interested in a Career in Sex Therapy?

If you are interested in pursuing a career in sex therapy, visit the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).  AASECT Certified Sex Therapists (CST) have advanced degrees in a therapeutic field, independent state licensure, extensive post-graduate education in human sexuality, and counseling skills unique to sex therapy.