Common Sex Problems
There can be various reasons why committed couples may experience challenges in their sex lives, including:
Routine and familiarity: Over time, sexual routines and predictability can lead to a decrease in desire or excitement.
Stress and external pressures: Work, parenting responsibilities, financial concerns, and other stressors can impact sexual desire and performance.
Communication issues: Difficulties in effectively communicating desires, preferences, or concerns about sex can create barriers to sexual satisfaction.
Relationship conflicts or unresolved issues: Unresolved conflicts, emotional distance, or relationship problems can negatively impact sexual intimacy.
Physical or health-related factors: Medical conditions, medication side effects, hormonal changes, or physical discomfort can affect sexual desire or functioning.
It's important for couples to openly communicate, seek support when needed, and explore strategies to address these challenges and enhance sexual intimacy. What is a synergistic sexual relationship? A synergistic relationship means a cooperative and mutually beneficial interaction between two people.
How Sex Therapy Can Help
Sex therapy is a specialized form of therapy that focuses on addressing sexual concerns, improving sexual satisfaction, and enhancing sexual intimacy within your relationship. Sex therapists provide a safe and non-judgmental space for you to explore and address sexual issues. They help you improve communication, understand sexual desires and preferences, navigate sexual challenges or dysfunctions, and develop strategies to enhance sexual pleasure and connection.
Coaches also often work with specific challenges, such as low libido, erectile dysfunction, pain during intercourse, performance anxiety, or difficulties with orgasm. However, please note that therapy is not a replacement for consultation with a physician or medical provider, and we cannot give medical advice. To diagnose or rule out possible physical causes, you may be referred to a physician for an evaluation.
Coaches primarily help by providing strategies, exercises, and techniques to overcome these challenges and restore sexual satisfaction. Sex therapy may involve education, exercises, techniques, and interventions tailored to your specific needs. It can help you overcome barriers to sexual intimacy, deepen your understanding of each other's needs, and foster a healthier and more fulfilling sexual relationship.
Dr. Luttrell can help committed couples who struggle with sexual compatibility, unequal sexual libido, and sexual performance issues. Dr. Luttrell also offers Christian sex therapy for those who seek it.
1. What is psychotherapy?Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy or counseling, is a collaborative process between a trained therapist and an individual seeking support. It aims to explore thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and experiences to promote personal growth, emotional well-being, and address specific concerns. Psychotherapy encompasses various approaches, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and humanistic therapy, tailored to meet the individual's needs.
2. How long does psychotherapy last?The duration of psychotherapy varies depending on several factors, including the individual's goals, the complexity of their concerns, and their progress throughout the therapeutic process. Some individuals may benefit from short-term therapy, consisting of a few sessions or weeks, to address specific issues or provide immediate support. Long-term therapy may span several months or years, focusing on deeper exploration and ongoing personal development. The therapist and individual collaborate to determine the appropriate duration of therapy based on their unique circumstances.
3. How do I find the right therapist for me?Finding the right therapist involves considering several factors. It's important to seek a licensed and qualified therapist with expertise in the specific concerns you want to address. You can ask for recommendations from trusted sources, such as healthcare professionals or friends who have had positive experiences with therapy. Online directories and therapist matching platforms can also help you find therapists in your area. Additionally, it's crucial to feel comfortable and have a good rapport with your therapist, so scheduling an initial consultation or phone call to assess the fit is recommended.
4. Do you accept insurance?For mental health issues, we accept Blue Cross Blue Shield and affiliates (CareFirst, Anthem, BCBS Federal Employee Program, etc.) and Cigna or Evernorth. HOWEVER, please note that to qualify for insurance benefits, therapy must be related to a mental health diagnosis, like anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc., that has medical necessity. Most insurance plans do not cover relationship or sexual issues. Yes, it is sad considering that these are often the primary drivers for mental health issues. Please do not ask us to bill your insurance for relationship or sexual issues without first contacting your insurance company to check to see if your plan covers it. (We don't want to keep asking them.) Also, we cannot make up a diagnosis either, as this is insurance fraud and can cost us our license and result in serious penalties. Plus, insurance companies occasionally audit psychotherapy notes to ensure that treatment is related to the reported diagnosis. You can always choose to skip insurance and pay for therapy out of pocket. This will maximize your privacy and widen your pool of therapists. Thank you for your understanding.
5. Is psychotherapy confidential?Confidentiality is a fundamental principle in psychotherapy. Therapists are legally and ethically bound to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of the information shared during therapy sessions. However, there are a few exceptions to confidentiality, such as when there is a risk of harm to oneself or others, child or elder abuse, or when a court order requires the disclosure of information. Your therapist should explain their confidentiality policy and any exceptions during the initial sessions.
About Dr. Luttrell
Dr. Luttrell can help you reconnect and realign with your truth authentic self by restoring emotional intimacy with yourself, partner, family, business, or spiritual relationships. He believes that understanding emotions are important to overcome obstacles of shame, fear, or shame-based cycles of addiction. His focus areas tend to be on romantic relationships, sexuality, the impact of hurtful habits, and spirituality.
"Dr. Luttrell is very professional. He strives to obtain the most helpful resources for clients and keep up to date on relevant approaches to aid clients in their therapy journey. He is friendly and approachable and highly empathic."
- Vanessa Q. (former colleague)