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Sex Therapist

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Updated June 19, 2013

Definition:

A sex therapist works with individuals, couples, or sometimes groups, usually addressing specific sexual concerns or complaints. Sex therapists mostly work within a medical model of human sexuality, and consider what they do to be a form of treatment. Much of their work focuses on resolving sexual problems or dysfunctions, and they try to accomplish this by isolating the problem and offering information, support and psychological, interpersonal, and/or medical treatment plans. Sex therapists often work short term, and almost always focused on a specific goal.

The term sex therapist is not federally regulated which means that unless there are state regulations protecting the title, anyone can call themselves a sex therapist. If you're looking for a sex therapist it's crucial to understand their credentials and experience. Most sex therapists will have been trained in counseling or psychotherapy first, and then later received specialized training in talking about and working with clients on sexual issues, including sexual complaints and dysfunctions.

Whether or not a sex therapist will be covered by private insurance will depend on their training and what kind of degree and professional affiliations they have. If a sex therapist is a social worker who is licensed by a local or national organization, their work may be covered. If a sex therapist has no graduate degree and is not affiliated with an accreditation or certification (for example the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy) it is unlikely that they would be covered by a private insurance plan

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