When I began educating psychotherapists about sex therapy, I had no idea what I would be creating. What started as a 2-day weekend workshop on the basics became a 10-weekend complete training.
When I got many requests to put training online, I listened. Since 2015, dozens of therapists have learned with programs from The Buehler Institute at LearnSexTherapy.com.
Sex therapy has become a popular niche for psychotherapists. Many nurses, physicians assistants and pelvic floor physician therapists want to learn to counsel their patients, too.
Although the Internet gave us the second sexual revolution, providing mountains of information about sex and relationships, people are still in the dark about sex. There’s still a lot of sexual shame and confusion. It’s still hard to talk about sex.
Plus, couples today are experimenting with consensual non-monogamy. They need a safe, neutral place to talk about what they might want to try–if they want to try it at all. Sex therapists can help negotiate appropriate rules and boundaries, and suggest ways to know whether or not the arrangement is working.
People are also living longer, and they want to stay vital as they age. If they are in a committed relationship, they want to keep enjoying sex. If they are recently divorced (the divorce rate is going up for people in their 50s and 60s), they want to learn how to negotiate a new sexual relationship.
Living longer means living with chronic diseases that were once fatal. People with all kinds of cancer, for example, seek help figuring out how to be sexual once they’ve recovered. Even a stroke or heart attack can’t keep many people from wanting to have sex.
To sum it up: There’s a lot of work to do, creating a wide niche for therapists and counselors who can help people enjoy optimal sexual health.
As the author of What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know about Sex, 2nd Ed., I know what someone needs to learn to treat sexual problems. Plus, I have worked alongside healthcare providers in a variety of settings, including Hoag Hospital where I maintain a private practice. I know how to help nurses, PTs, and physicians counsel their patients.
Hello, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, and social workers. Hello, nurses, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, pelvic floor PTs, and physician assistants. If you are interested in helping people figure out their sexuality and relationships, you’ve come to the right place.
Check out www.LearnSexTherapy.com to find out about programs and standalone courses that are APA, California BRN, and AASECT-approved. Then contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. We are available to help you meet your career goals in this most fascinating area of human experience.