Looking for Sex Therapy in Fort Lauderdale?
Good news! The Psychology Group Fort Lauderdale now has its very own in-house, Certified Sex Therapist. My name is Jose Ramirez, I am the practice’s Clinical Manager and Licensed Mental Health Counselor and now I am also a Certified Sex Therapist by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). While I enjoy working with all types of sexuality concerns I do my best work teaching adult men how to confidently have better sex.
What is Sex Therapy?
Accredited mental health professionals, known as sex therapists, specialize in delivering comprehensive psychotherapy to clients dealing with various sexual concerns. Leveraging their extensive understanding of human sexuality and clinical training, sex therapists assist clients in achieving their sexual and relational objectives.
The primary focus is on exploring the impact of sexuality on an individual or couple’s overall well-being. Sex therapy considers physiological, emotional, and psychological factors, recognizing their direct influence on sexuality.
Importantly, sex therapy maintains professional boundaries, with no sexual contact occurring between the therapist and the client.
If a concern is medically related, sex therapists may advise clients to consult a doctor for a thorough medical evaluation. Even individuals facing medical-related sexual dysfunctions can benefit from sex therapy, as it equips clients with valuable skills to navigate and cope with such issues.
Does a Sex Therapy Certification Matter?
In essence, yes. Sex therapy certification serves as a crucial indicator that your sex therapist has undergone sufficient education and training. Obtaining certification is a rigorous process, reflective of the intricate nature of human sexuality, demanding practitioners to possess the necessary knowledge and experience.
Remarkably, Florida stands alone in the U.S. by mandating a sex therapy certification for practitioners in the state. In all other states, any therapist can present themselves as a sex therapist without specific certification. The assurance of a therapist’s adequate education and training lies in their certification by a professional association like AASECT.
AASECT certification requires:
- 90 hours of Human Sexuality education
- 60 hours of sex therapy education/training
- 50 hours of supervision by an AASECT certified sex therapy supervisor
- 14 hours of Sexuality Attitude Reassessment
While clients may not need to delve into the specifics, it’s clear that certification is a rigorous process demanding considerable time and commitment by the therapist.
When seeking a sex therapist, look for the “Certified Sex Therapist” (CST) designation in the therapist’s credentials. This ensures they possess the appropriate educational and training background. For example, my credentials are: Jose Ramirez, LMHC, CST.
It’s not to say that those without certification lack competence, but many mental health/psychology graduate programs provide minimal instruction on sexuality. Consequently, therapists often lack sufficient training in this specialized field during their therapy education.
If you encounter a therapist advertising sex therapy without the CST credential, it’s advisable to inquire about their experience. Asking such questions is a reasonable part of your due diligence as a consumer, and therapists are accustomed to addressing queries about their experience and training.
In summary, sex therapy is a specialized form of talk therapy addressing diverse sexual issues in individuals and couples. Conducted by accredited professionals known as sex therapists, the focus is on understanding and addressing the impact of sexuality on overall well-being, considering physiological, emotional, and psychological factors.
Certification in sex therapy is crucial, indicating that a therapist has undergone rigorous education and training. While Florida mandates certification, in other states, any therapist can claim to be a sex therapist without specific certification. The gold standard is certification by associations like AASECT, requiring extensive education, training, supervision, and attitude reassessment.
When seeking a sex therapist, look for the “Certified Sex Therapist” (CST) designation, ensuring they have the necessary background and remember, you can always come and see Jose Ramirez, LMHC, CST at The Psychology Group Fort Lauderdale. Give us a call at 954-488-2933 to learn more or schedule a call with José to discuss more.
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