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COUPLES & SEX THERAPY

 

Our marriage or relationship can be one of the most important sources of our happiness. Yet every relationship has challenges and moments of sadness, anger, frustration, possibly even hopelessness.

Issues of attachment, emotional and physical intimacy, commitment, communication, self-esteem, shame, fear, anxiety, unconscious expectations, performance anxieties, traumatic memories, but also gender roles, social expectations, social media and virtual reality etc. can play a role in our relationships and in our sex life.

In couples therapy, also known as marriage or relationship counseling, our focus is on improving the communication, understanding, and connection between partners.

This form of psychotherapy provides a supportive and neutral space for couples to explore their relationship dynamics, address conflicts, and work towards building a healthier and happier partnership.

 

Marriage & Couples Therapy

In couples/marriage therapy, partners can explore and resolve both the problems they have as a couple (communication, trust, intimacy, sex, passion, infidelity, conflicts, family planning, divorce etc.) and the personal issues of one or both of the partners that have contributed to their challenges as a couple.

Therefore, an alternating pattern of joint and individual sessions often seems to provide a more approriate framework than only joint sessios. 

In couples therapy, partners learn effective communication techniques, active listening, and expressing needs and emotions in a constructive manner. They can equip themselves with practical tools and strategies to improve relationship skills such as problem-solving, negotiation, and setting healthy boundaries.

They can also learn how to grieve what cannot be changed anymore, how to move on, and how to build trust again after that trust has been broken. 

I help couples identify recurring negative patterns or cycles in their relationship, such as criticism, defensiveness, or withdrawal. By understanding these patterns, couples can break destructive cycles and develop healthier ways of relating.

Partners then can explore and practice conflict resolution strategies to navigate disagreements and find mutually satisfactory solutions. They learn to manage conflicts with empathy, respect, and compromise, fostering a healthier resolution process.

Psychedelic-Assisted Couples Therapy

As most forms of psychotherapy, couples therapy can also vastly be enhanced by the use of legal psychedelic substances. Ketamine and cannabis are already legally available, and other subtsances will hopefully soon be added to the list, too.

Altered states of consciousness as well as altered emotional states can be vastly conducive to new perspectives, reduced defensiveness, increased empathy, and a more heart-based understanding of nearly every aspect of a complex relationship.

For more details and information on this form of therapy, please click on this link:  

  Psychedelic-Assisted Couples Therapy

Sex Therapy

Sex therapy is a form of psychotherapy aiming to help couples and individuals regain an active and harmonious sex life and increase sexual satisfaction.


In its basic forms, sex therapy can help partners learn new and more appropriate techniques, re-kindle desire and enjoyment, eliminate pain or disruptions of normal sexual functionings, clarify issues of sexual orientation or identity, etc.​

It also helps to clarify, understand, and differentiate biological, psychological, relational, contextual and technical aspects of sexual issues.

Sex therapy is based on a thorough medical and psychological examination, but is mainly focused on eliminating the symptoms themselves.​

Therefore, sex therapy is usually relatively short-term.

 

However, sexual problems are often not only a matter of biological functioning or lack of technical skills, but symptoms of deeper emotional issues of the individual or the couple.

Therefore sex therapy is often a joint venture with relationship counseling and/or with individual psychotherapy.

 

Issues of attachment, intimacy, commitment, communication, self-esteem, shame, fear, anxiety, unconscious expectations, performance anxieties, traumatic memories, but also gender roles, social expectations, virtual reality, social media etc. can all play a role in our sex life.
 
The ultimate goal of relationship counseling and sex therapy is always a happy, harmonious, intimate and loving relationship.

 

My Practice

 

Couples Counseling

  • individual problems in the relationship

  • relationship problems for the individual

  • premarital counseling

  • communication problems

  • intimacy, attachment, commitment

  • infidelity & trust issues

  • dating, break-up, divorce

  • loneliness, living alone

  • life transitions

  • conflicts in the family system

  • parenting issues, family issues

  • work-life-family/relationship balance

  • self-esteem, body-image, shame

  • self-sabotaging patterns

  • narcissistic patterns in a relationship

  • grief, loss

  • history of trauma and abuse

Psychedelic-Assisted Couples Therapy

  • Ketamine-Assisted Couples Therapy

  • Cannabis-Assisted Psychotherapy

Psychoeducation

  • anatomic and physiological characteristics of human sexuality

  • psychosexual development

  • gender roles, gender issues

  • sexual orientation 

  • LGBTQ+ issues

  • birth control, family planning, pregnancy

  • counseling for adolescents, young adults, and their parents

  • male and female menopause

  • drugs and sexuality

  • internet and sexuality

Sexual problems for men and women

  • orgasmic disorders (e.g. ejaculation problems etc.)

  • sexual interest/arousal disorders (e.g. erectile dysfunctions etc.)

  • sexual desire disorders

  • sexual pain disorders

  • problems with sexual orientation, gender dysphoria

  • addictions, sex and porn addiction

  • lack of sexual confidence

  • sexual abuse or assualt

 

Sex Therapy

  • cognitive behavior therapy of sexual dysfunctions

  • sexual trauma

  • sex therapy with hypnosis/hypnotherapy

  • explorative (analytic/dynamic) psychotherapy of sexual dysfunctions

  • sex therapy with other psychotherapeutic techniques​

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