Not every clinician possesses the expertise of a trained sex therapist. So what happens if a client you're seeing for a totally unrelated issue suddenly reveals that they're dealing with a sexual problem?
According to sex and relationship expert Stephen Snyder, even therapists with little to no training in sex therapy can handle problems like these that unexpectedly crop up in treatment. In the following interview with Networker senior writer Lauren Dockett, Snyder breaks down the three components of sex, and how they can inform your approach.
Stephen Snyder, MD, is a sex and relationship therapist in Manhattan. He's also the author of Love Worth Making: How to Have Ridiculously Great Sex in a Long-Lasting Relationship.
As Snyder explains, many clients find it hard to put their sexual problem into words. They might resort to vague language or choose not to disclose information due to self-perpetuating cycles of shame.
The solution, he says, is helping these clients realize that sexual problems—and in particular, feeling shame around them—are more common than they might think. Eventually, he adds, we can get them to a place where they view sex as an act where they feel "most deeply and authentically themselves."
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