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Let’s Talk About Sex Therapy
Dr. Stephanie Buehler and her associates offer sex and relationship therapy at The Buehler Institute in Orange County, California. Every type of imaginable sexual problem is addressed, from mismatched desire, to sex after baby, to recovery from affairs, to sexual addiction.
Using deep listening, thorough assessment, and a solution-focused approach, Dr. Buehler has helped hundreds of men, women, and couples regain sexual and relationship satisfaction and joy.
What is sex therapy? Simply put, sex therapy is psychotherapy but the emphasis is on sexuality. We live in a culture where it is difficult to experience true sexual health. Our sexuality usually develops in secret and without open discussion of what it means to be a sexual being.
Dr. Buehler specializes in treating the following:
- Sex and intimacy after breast, prostate, and other cancers
- Sexual activity for mature adults (we treat people 18-90)
- Questions about orientation
- Transgender counseling, MTF and FTM
- Fetishes, cross dressing, and other behaviors (kink friendly therapists)
What Does It Mean To Be a Sexual Being?
From the moment we are born, we are given a gender, signaling the importance of sexuality to our identity. Much of the way we develop is devoted to becoming a romantic and sexual partner. We spend energy finding our sexual ideal, and for many people, that is the moment we make a commitment to be with someone for the long term.
Why Problems Arise
When someone isn’t able to express themselves sexually, they can become sad, anxious, and isolated. Problems can come up because of psychological, relationship, or medical issues, or a combination of factors.
Solving the Issue
Some problems are easily solved with a trip to the physician’s office. A woman in menopause who has vaginal dryness may seek help with the use of topical estrogen, or a man who is aging may wish to try medications for erectile dysfunction.
But sexual problems are often complicated and not solvable with a quick fix. And, unfortunately, many therapists are not well-trained in sex therapy (though the hope is my book What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know about Sex will change all of that!).
So the specialty of sex therapy was developed to fill that gap. Sex therapy is usually a combination of education, information, suggestions, and deeper psychotherapy when people get a little stuck in making the changes they want.