Frequently Asked Questions

What is sex therapy?

Sex therapy is a specialized type of psychotherapy. Through sex therapy, you can address concerns about sexual function, sexual feelings and intimacy, either in individual therapy or couples therapy.

I have never been to a sex therapist. Will there be sexual contact in the office?

No, there is never sexual contact in the office. In fact, sexual contact between a therapist and client is not only inappropriate, it is in violation of professional ethics. There is no nudity or touching in a therapy session. 

Do I need to be in a relationship to be in sex therapy?

No, participating in sex therapy does not require being in a relationship. It only requires a willingness to be open and honest with yourself and your therapist.

Can you refer me if I have a medical issue relating to sexual health?

Yes. Medical professionals and therapists often work together to achieve a successful outcome in treatment. If medical consultation or consultation with other sexuality professionals is necessary, this can be arranged. For women this may mean a consultation with a gynecologist, pelvic floor specialist or other provider to explore issues relating to sexual pain or inadequate lubrication. For men, this may include consulting with a urologist to discuss problems with the prostate, genital blood flow, testosterone levels or other genital functioning.

What is an AASECT Certified Therapist (CST)?

 The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), is a not-for-profit, interdisciplinary professional organization whose members share an interest in promoting understanding of human sexuality and healthy sexual behavior. They decide which clinicians are qualified to practice as a Certified Sex Therapist. Therapists pursuing certification go through years of rigorous training, education, and supervision in the field of sexuality and ongoing continuing education in sex therapy is a requirement.

Do you take insurance?

Ava Cohen Counseling does not accept insurance. However, check with your insurance companies about out of network coverage. HSA accounts are welcome.