Sex Therapy for Gay Men
Affirming Sex Therapy for Gay Men
Sexuality & Gender-Affirming Sex Therapy
Men are half as likely as women to go to therapy. Members of the LGBTQ+ community have what can kindly be referred to as a complicated history with counseling. It’s no surprise that gay men are extremely reticent to schedule therapy sessions. As a gay man myself, I completely understand where you’re coming from. I’m Dr. Michael Stokes. I’m a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Rhode Island and a AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. I know how difficult it can be to trust another person to see and affirm who you are, understand your struggles, and help you navigate life’s challenges. Even as a therapist, I sometimes find myself hesitant to schedule therapy sessions when I’m having a tough time or need to decompress, and I know how much it helps. If you want to learn more about what it means to see an affirming sex therapist, keep reading. You can also reach out to me at Rhode Island Sex Therapy at any time.
What Is Sex Therapy?
Sex and sexuality are complicated subjects. Sex therapy is a type of therapy that is geared toward helping individuals and sexual partners increase their sexual satisfaction. Therapy sessions may center around improving medical conditions, emotional or cognitive disorders, and interpersonal challenges that cause struggles within your sexual relationships.
Why Would I Need Sex Therapy?
There are numerous reasons why you may want to consider scheduling a sex therapy session. The most obvious is to improve your sexual satisfaction. Some of the many reasons why my clients choose to schedule sex therapy sessions include:
- Restore excitement and satisfaction to sexual relationships
- Improve sexual fulfilment by improving or restoring arousal, desire, and sexual gratification
- Address sexual dysfunction
- Exploring and healing form issues of discrimination and isolation that can still be experienced within the LGBTQ+ community
- Improving sexual relationships in general
- To heal following sexual trauma
- To work with a therapist who understands who you are as a gay man
Will it Help Me?
Each person is different, but if you find yourself struggling to find satisfaction within sexual relationships, sex therapy may be the answer. By talking through your concerns and sexual struggles with an objective third party, you can begin to increase in self-awareness, communicate more openly with your sexual partners, and achieve a greater level of sexual fulfillment. Individual sessions or relationship therapy can be used to address sexual concerns and improve intimacy. Over the course of sex therapy sessions, you will establish goals with your therapist. During each session, you will discuss the progress you’ve made toward achieving your goals. As necessary, you can adjust your plan for achieving your goals and continue talking through any new concerns that arise.
How Do I Get Started?
I understand that you are probably hesitant to schedule a therapy session. I hope my words here have helped to ease your worries. If you want to find out more, there is no pressure to schedule a session right away. You can simply give me a call at (401) 236-5021, email DrMichaelStokes@gmail.com, or use my contact form to ask any questions you may have and get to know me a bit better.