The therapists at NYC Therapy + Wellness firmly support the World Health Organization’s positive, respectful, and holistic approach to sexuality. We offer a nonjudgmental therapeutic space for clients to speak freely about the most paradoxically taboo yet pervasive topic in America… Sex.
We offer support around exploring kinks, navigating boundaries with partners, processing erotic conflicts, healing from emotional trauma, addressing issues relating to performance or desire, overcoming shame, reconciling the impact of substance use on erotic life, and a number of other issues. If you don’t see your specific issue listed and would like to have a complimentary phone consult to see if our practice feels right for you, please trust we will hear you with openness and compassion.
Much like sex, sex therapy requires effort and some workshopping to determine what feels right. Our clinical techniques vary based on what your goals are, and some of our interventions include using a combination of talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapies, and EMDR.
We are kink and sex-positive therapists and don’t subscribe to the notion that ‘alternative sexual lifestyles’ stem from trauma, nor will we take a stance of patholozing any who visit our suite.
How we can Help
Psychotherapy (Talk therapy)
This process includes coming together to talk about your erotic issues and collaborate on the course of treatment. Beginning sessions will often include the therapist taking a comprehensive sexual history from the earliest erotic memory. The technique has been regarded by sex therapist expert and clinical psychologist, Suzanne Iasenza, as one of the most essential tools of providing good sex therapy. We encourage partnered clients to consider attending together to optimize the therapeutic benefit, and we have many comfy chairs to accommodate ethically non-monogamous couples!
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
This process is focused on removing the pressure to perform and physical symptoms by changing thought patterns and behaviors. Research shows that CBT is a very effective form of treating a variety of issues, including issues related to sexual dysfunction. Through the use of agreed upon at home assignments and exposure therapy, we hope to help reduce symptoms of anxiety around sexual dysfunction and help you lead a more pleasurable life.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
This highly structured therapeutic intervention may enable people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Through targeting specific negative sexual experiences, therapists can help clients desensitize involuntary reactions to triggers, and help reprocess the client’s responses to more desired outcomes.