Sex Therapist

Help people deal with all aspects of their sexuality.

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Salary Range
$29,000 – $81,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Sex Therapists do?

Conducting sex therapy sounds a lot more racy than it actually is. Just like any other Therapist, a Sex Therapist sees clients to discuss problems and issues in their lives. The difference is in the subject matter: Sex Therapists have client conversations that revolve around things like the inability to orgasm, rapid ejaculation, and abnormal sexual desires.

As a Sex Therapist, you deal with a wide variety of sexual issues, and with a wide range of clients. They can be couples, individuals, homosexuals, heterosexuals, and people of any age. Just as a person goes to a Dentist because of problems with their teeth, a person comes to you when there’s something wrong with their sex life.

For the most part, your therapy sessions involve talking things out, discussing issues from past relationships or sexual fears that a client may have. You can try other methods besides discussion, like giving homework assignments or using visioning exercises to explore a person’s deepest desires. You might also give a basic anatomy lesson, or explain the ways different types of touch or sensations can help a sex life. But before you get any ideas, you never ever do actual sex in a therapy session, and that means no touching or demonstrating either.

Once you get past the racy element of your work, you realize how much you can help people understand and accept themselves through your work. Sex is an intimate subject, and you help people come to terms with aspects of their sexuality, especially if they’re struggling to come out as gay or trying to overcome their inhibitions. You also help couples who have been together for a long time in rekindling their passion, and dealing with problems like differing frequency expectations or turn-ons.

Should I be a Sex Therapist?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • How to become a Sex Therapist

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