When is sexual counseling helpful?

Any sexual problem caused or worsened by anxiety can be helped through counseling with a mental health therapist who specializes in dealing with sexual issues. For men, problems caused by anxiety can include:

  • Loss of sexual desire
  • Erection problems without a medical cause
  • Trouble reaching orgasm
  • Premature (early) ejaculation

When a medical problem limits a man’s sexual function, speaking with a therapist can be helpful. Most counseling lasts about 2 or 3 sessions. Sex therapists may also be able to help you and your partner decide whether to have medical or surgical treatments for erection problems. (See the “Professional help” section.)

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