Sex Therapy Specialist

Palo Alto Mind Body

Concierge Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine, and Functional Health Specialists located in Palo Alto, CA

Sex can create an intimate and amazing bond between partners. It can also inflict deep wounds that create a rift, even between two people who love one another. M Rameen Ghorieshi, MD, MPH, and colleagues at Palo Alto Mind Body are available to help patients identify and deal with the issues that affect their sex life. Send a confidential email or call the office in Palo Alto, California, to schedule sex therapy, which uses various types of talk therapy to help you regain a thriving sex life. We also serve many patients located in the surrounding Bay Area, such as South Bay, North Bay, East Bay, Peninsula, San Jose, and San Francisco.

Sex Therapy Q & A

Palo Alto Mind Body

What is sex therapy?

Sex therapy is a type of psychotherapy, or talk therapy, to help individuals and couples identify and overcome the issues that affect their sex lives.

Every person has a history and faces current challenges that affect the way they interact with their partner.

When physical and emotional problems have a negative impact on your ability to share intimate moments, from a caring touch to sexual intercourse, sex therapy is designed to help. Sex therapy can help you deal with the roadblocks to a satisfying sex life, whether they’re medical, psychological, personal, or interpersonal problems.

During sex therapy, you can also receive the support you need if you’ve suffered sexual abuse or you or your partner has a sexual addiction.

Can sex therapy help with sexual dysfunction?

Sexual dysfunction is one of the most common problems faced by couples. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), it is estimated that 43% of women and 31% of men experience sexual dysfunction at some point in their lifetime.

Sexual dysfunction can come from a wide range of emotional and physical issues, but in many cases, there are underlying psychological factors or past sexual experiences that block your ability to engage in a healthy sex life.

The doctors at Palo Alto Mind Body can design your therapy to help with emotional, behavioral, and psychological aspects of sexual dysfunction. They’ll also help you find appropriate medical attention when necessary for physical problems.

How does sex therapy work?

Dr. Ghorieshi and colleagues use many types of talk therapy, depending on the issues and goals of each person or couple. Sex therapy is just like other types of psychotherapy; you identify and learn how to overcome your challenges by talking about your experiences, feelings, and past relationships.

During your first appointment, your psychiatrist can meet with you alone or with you and your partner. Your therapist isn’t there to take sides or try to persuade anyone to change; the goal is to facilitate understanding.

Most patients have patterns of behavior, underlying feelings, and often unconscious habits that influence how they interact with their partner and have a significant impact on their sex life.

When each person in the relationship understands exactly what affects their sexual response to their partner, then they can change those patterns and move toward mutually satisfying sexual intercourse. 

How can I improve my libido?

Often, women and men go through periods in which their libidos feel inexplicably low, despite having a strong relationship with their partner. Palo Alto Mind Body may combine sex therapy with other health analyses to gauge what may be impacting your sexual interest on a chemical level.

Certain nutritional deficiencies, genetic mutations, and food sensitivities can dramatically hamper the endocrine system, thereby impacting sexual interest. For example, zinc deficiency is a known cause of erectile dysfunction, and iron deficiency can decrease desire and the ability to have an orgasm.

Through vitamin and food sensitivity testing, Palo Alto Mind Body seeks to uncover any underlying biological contributors to your lack of sexual interest or libido. With personalized supplementation or lifestyle adjustments, the endocrine system can more easily create the hormones that your body depends upon for sexual health.

When you need help getting closer to your partner or overcoming problems with your sex life, call Palo Alto Mind Body or send a confidential email. Please note, we also serve many patients located in the surrounding Bay Area, such as South Bay, North Bay, East Bay, Peninsula, San Jose, and San Francisco.