Sex Therapy/Sexual Health Services:

Healthy human sexuality is experienced when we are loved, accepted for who we are, and valued, making it is so much easier to relax and be sexually expressive. However, when we feel vulnerable, criticized, unwanted, and unaccepted, we have a much harder time responding in a relaxed and sexually expressive way.

At times various medical problems like diabetes, heart disease, vulvar pain difficulties, cystitis, infections, and many other illnesses, interfere with healthy sexuality. In addition, many medications have sexual side effects. It is important to have a doctor’s examination to determine if a disease process is hampering healthy sexuality, and also to determine if the medications you are taking may be hampering your sexuality.

Sexual abuse, mental and emotional abuse, drug/alcohol addictions, depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other challenges, also effect healthy sexuality.

Sex therapy determines the source of sexual difficulties and intervenes therapeutically. Individual issues such as lack of sexual knowledge, performance anxiety, sexual fears and inhibitions, shame, guilt, performance anxiety, and intimacy issues are evaluated. Issues within a relationship can also lead to sexual dysfunction, such as unresolved conflicts, communication problems, lack of knowledge, and an unwillingness to work together as a couple.

Sex therapy is helpful when medical issues cause sexual dysfunction. With assistance couples can find ways to experience healthy sexuality. Also age, disability, injuries, and other physical problems do not have to spell the end of a healthy sexual couple life.

Successful sex therapy is possible when a couple work together with a sex therapist to create effective change! Even an individual can work towards healthy sexuality.

I work with individuals, and couples dealing with the following sexual challenges:

  • Female Orgasmic Disorder
  • Female Sexual Arousal Disorder
  • Vaginismus/Sexual pain
  • Low sexual Desire and desire differences
  • Sexual Aversion
  • Discomfort and anxiety about sex
  • Male Erectile Disorder
  • Male Orgasmic Disorder
  • Premature ejaculation
  • Recovery from pornography
  • Sexuality and chronic illness
  • Sexuality and physical disability
  • Midlife and beyond sexual health
  • Sexual abuse recovery
  • Sexual disability recovery

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Begin today to “move beyond the storm”. Feel free to ask me any questions you want or need about your sexual health and sexual concerns.


Caroline Gearing, MA, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
503.244.4008 / 360.690.8400
“moving beyond the storm”

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