Referral Service: The San Francisco Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Sex & Intimacy in Relationships - Therapy, Counseling

Sex and intimacy can be some of life's most significant and pleasurable experiences, or, they can be overwhelming sources of anxiety, disappointment and frustration. Previously, therapists were only concerned with problems with sexual functioning and problematic intimacy such as, lack of sexual desire, differences in desired frequency for sex, as well as, sexual performance issues related to sexual arousal and orgasm to name a few. Only recently, have therapists began to understand how we can develop greater levels of healthy intimacy, especially through our sexuality, over time, in our emotionally committed relationships. Current trends in the field are to integrate Relationship and Sex Therapy together to be able to treat sex and intimacy issues more effectively than ever before. (Schnarch 1992, Constructing the Sexual Crucible)

Sex and intimacy issues are commonplace in our significant romantic relationships. In fact, studies show that they are experienced by up to 61% of couples only a few years into their relationship. Anxiety, often Performance Anxiety, is often a major contributor to many of the sex problems we experience. Anxiety also plays a huge role in intimacy issues as well. The more important the person we are relating to is to us, the greater the potential is for anxiety to get us stuck. Anxiety either drives us to grow or can stop us dead in our tracks and blow our relationships apart. Learning how to manage our anxiety in our relationships and how not to be infected by your partner's anxiety are vital adult growth and developmental tasks we must strive to master (Schnarch 1995, Passionate Marriage). When they say that "relationships take work," this is a major piece of the work that needs to be done. It is important to know that this type of growth is most often accomplished in couple's therapy and done in the context of your relationship. Finding a Sex & Relationship Therapist who is current on the latest theories and therapy methods will help you get to your goals more efficiently.

What We Can Do For You

Let Therapy San Francisco help you find a therapist who is up to date on the latest forms of therapy to propel you and your partner toward the level of sexual satisfaction and intimacy that you want in your relationship. Let us help you to:

  • Manage anxiety in proximity to your significant partner
  • Be less emotionally fused with your romantic partner
  • Resolve bickering, blaming, arguments that maintain the stuckness in your relationship
  • Get unstuck and develop the ability to create connection, rather than disconnection
  • Reach and tolerate a higher level of intimacy and connection
  • Continue to work towards your sexual and intimacy potential in your relationship
  • Develop self-confidence and strength from doing your part to grow yourselves within the context of your relationship
  • Increase confidence and develop a stronger sense of self in your relationship
  • Discover and bring more of your most passionate sexual selves into your relationship
  • Overcome specific individual and relationship-related sex issue
  • Recover from an affair, compulsive behavior and other ways we avoid our own growth and the growth of our relationships
  • Have more sexual desire, passion and fun with your relationship partner

 

 

Referral Service: The San Francisco Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
   
Referral Service: The San Francisco Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Referral Service: The San Francisco Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Referral Service: The San Francisco Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Referral Service: The San Francisco Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists