Strengthening Physical Intimacy
Christian Sex Therapists
You get weird looks when you tell people you are a Christian Sex Therapist…
At least that’s what I used to think about “sex therapists” when I was in Bible college.
That was before my internship in grad school with a Christian certified sex therapist.
Sitting in on her sessions I watched people, just like the ones I went to church with, struggling…alone…with difficulties in the sexual part of their life.
- Experienced so much pain when they tried to have intercourse they had never been able to consummate their marriage…
- Had flashbacks from a rape or molestation that made sex very scary…
- Lost their sex drive after having kids and were struggling to keep the passion alive in their marriage…
- Felt unwanted same-sex attractions or gender confusion and didn’t know what to do about it…
- Couldn’t achieve or maintain an erection after their prostate surgery and were afraid they’d never have a fulfilling sex life again…
- Never had an orgasm…
* I really like Christine Woolgar’s “To the evanglical couple considering sex therapy” for a honest look at sex therapy from a clients view. It’s worth checking out.
Hearing their stories…my heart broke – I knew God wanted me to be a part of HIS solution, to bring healing into their life.
So I enrolled with the Institute for Sexual Wholeness (ISW), the worlds only Christian sex therapy training program, at Richmont Graduate University.
After a few years of study and supervision at the feet of pioneers in Christian sex therapy like Doug Rosenau, Mark Yarhouse, Michael Sytsma, and Cliff & Joyce Penner – I became certified with the American Board of Christian Sex Therapists (ABCST).
In the years since I have had the great privilege of helping many couples find healing in the physical intimacy part of their marriage – So they can enjoy sex as God intended.
I’ve also had the opportunity to lead a team of therapists that have a passion for doing the same.
If you’re having difficulties in the sexual part of your life or marriage, it would be our honor to help you sort through the struggle and put together a plan for reaching your goals.
We look forward to serving you!
Cheering you on to all that God has for you,
Sex Therapy Topics
Feeling rejected sexually hurts. It can leave you feeling unloved, unwanted, guilty, and inadequate. Over time these feelings erode away at the affection in a relationship, eventually leaving it cold and distant.
In 80% of couples the husband is the higher desire spouse, the other 20% (1 in 5 couples) the wife desires sex more frequently. In about 100% of couples the desired frequency for sexual connection is different between spouses.
So how do you navigate desire differences in a way that feels good to both and doesn’t leave anyone feeling rejected? We can help with that.
Desire disorders —lack of sexual desire or interest in sex
- Female Sexual Interest Disorder: Absent or reduced interest in sexual activity, thoughts, or fantasies. Reduced or no initiation of sex.
- Male Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder: Reduced or absent sexual thoughts, fantasies, and desire for sexual activity.
Most people don’t desire to do things they don’t enjoy. Thus, if you REALLY enjoy sex – you’ll want to do it often. If you don’t – you won’t.
God designed the human body to really enjoy sex – female bodies even more than male – so if you don’t REALLY enjoy sex, something is wrong.
The cause maybe something biological or a very normal reaction to one of a few common life experiences that can get in the way of sexual enjoyment. Or, you just might not know how to connect with and enjoy your body.
Anorgasmia, premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, lack of arousal, and sexual naivety are just a few of the problems we commonly treat.
Whatever the case, our sex therapists know how to troubleshoot your sexual difficulties and form a plan to get you to a very rewarding sex life.
Arousal disorders —inability to become physically aroused or excited during sexual activity
- Female Sexual Arousal Disorder: Absent or reduced sexual excitement or pleasure during most sexual activity. Lack of sexual interest or arousal in response to internal or external cues, such as a spouse’s attempts to initiate sexual activity.
- Male Sexual Arousal Disorder: Difficulty achieving or maintaining physical arousals, such as erections (ED), or premature ejaculation (PE).
Orgasm disorders —delay or absence of orgasm (climax)
Physically Painful Sex
Sex shouldn’t be painful. Sure you might enjoy some playful roughness, but it shouldn’t actually hurt.
Healthy people don’t enjoy real pain, so if sex really hurts or is very uncomfortable – you’re not going to enjoy sex. So you’re not going to want to have sex with your spouse.
There’s a number of reason’s why sex might be uncomfortable or painful – we can help you troubleshoot what the issue is and give you practical solutions for fixing it.
Pain disorders — pain during intercourse (Dyspareunia)
- Atrophic Vaginitis: vaginal atrophy due to low estrogen levels
- Vestibulodynia: (formerly called The Vulvar Vestibulitis Syndrome) refers to pain which is limited specifically to the vulvar vestibule causing pain at the opening of the vagina
- Interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS): bladder pain, frequency, nocturia, and urinary urgency causing pain during sex
- Vaginismus/Pelvic Floor Hypertonus: the chronic spasm of the muscles of the female pelvic floor
- Vulvar Dermatologic Conditions: dermatologic conditions which may affect the vulva and causing pain during sex
- Endometriosis: the most common cause of chronic pelvic pain in women
Lost that loving feeling? Sometimes the grind of ongoing conflict and unfulfilled needs in a relationship lead to a “falling out of love” that also means “I don’t want to have sex with you.”
Sex is something that two people madly in love with each other, all things being equal, want to share with each other. If our relationship has deteriorated to the point where we’re not even friends, being lovers is out of the question.
Sometimes the pathway to a passionate relationship starts with learning to love again.
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