Sexology is the scientific study of human sexuality, including behaviours, interests, and function. The field of sexology draws upon many disciplines, such as biology, psychology, sociology, and medicine.
Clinical sexologists are trained mental health professionals that specialize in the assessment and treatment of a variety of sexual issues and concerns of individuals and couples. We may work in a hospital, community outpatient clinic, or in private practice and use therapeutic skills to educate and counsel you about sexual concerns.
These concerns include:
- Sex education and skill building
- Desire discrepancies
- Sexual orientation concerns
- Gender identity and transitioning
- Erectile difficulties
- Rapid ejaculation
- Sexual aversion to touch, intimacy, sexual activity
- Sexual pain disorders
- Atypical sexual variances/paraphilias
Within Eastern Health, we see clients in an outpatient clinic.
The first step includes an assessment which includes an interview to gain an understanding of the issue and how it has impacted your relationships and overall quality of life.
When applicable, your partner may be asked to join the sessions. After the problem is discussed, we will inquire about psychosexual history focusing on:
- Early sexual experiences
- Previous sources of information on sexuality
- Past and current sexual behaviours/ interests/fantasies
- Level of sexual and relationship satisfaction
- Sexual orientation and gender identity
- Medical conditions and medications that may impact sexual functioning
We will then work with you to establish therapeutic goals and a treatment plan that is tailored to your unique concerns. This usually includes education about sexual health, anatomy, and sexual response, and the assignment of individual and/or couple exercises.