Do you ever question your ability to connect emotionally and physically in your intimate relationships? Maybe you’ve needed to take the edge off with alcohol or drugs in order to “enjoy” the sexual experience with your partner?
Perhaps you felt a freeze or startle response during sex, and can’t understand why. Maybe during certain sexual interactions, you’ve experienced nausea or extreme discomfort. As a result, you may not feel comfortable discussing your different levels of intimacy. Or, perhaps you aren’t even aware of them. Do you feel comfortable expressing your sexual needs during sex or a conversation about it? Or, does it make you feel overwhelmed? All you know is you feel confused. It’s as if you’re disconnected and unwelcomed in your own body.
Do I need Intimacy Counseling?
If any of these questions have ever come to mind you may benefit from beginning counseling. Together, we can enhance your relationship through sexual intimacy counseling in Madison, AL. As women, we might experience shame or embarrassment when discussing sex. This could be according to our cultures, religions, and family values. Or, society’s unstated rules and past traumatic experiences. As a matter of fact, many of us lack understanding about what intimacy truly is. We may have been raised to believe we were taught not to have sex until marriage. And, that when God created it “It was Good”. Or, we were never taught how to have sex. There are also those of us who have experienced sexual trauma. As a result, we believe it is impossible to have a good physical sexual experience.
Sexually traumatic experiences disrupt our positive bond with touch. As a result, this can impact our ability to enjoy sexual experiences. Or, the ability to orgasm. A lack of knowledge about our bodies may also cause insecurity or disconnect with sexual intimacy.
Common reasons for issues with sexual intimacy:
- Emotional causes
- Job stress
- Relationship issues
- Peer pressure
- Memory of sexual abuse or rape
- Birth of a child
- Hormonal issues
- Pain from injury
- Thyroid Disorders
- Blood Pressure Lowering Medications
- Oral Contraceptives
Sexual Problems also include some of the following symptoms:
- Pain during sex
- Difficulty feeling aroused or stimulated
- Not being able to have an orgasm
- A lack of a desire to have sex
My Approach to Intimacy Counseling
As a woman first and a therapist second, I know how hard it can be to feel you are not at home in your own body. I have sat with countless women who have felt these feelings of defeat, insecurity, and helplessness. All of this can seem extremely daunting and scary. It’s as if you will never enjoy a positive sexual experience. However, I am here to tell you that is a lie.
Voicing our concerns and validating our sexual needs is the beginning of a journey. One to an ecstatic, fulfilling, embracing, loving, honoring, relieving, refreshing, breath-taking, orgasmic experience of sexual intimacy. I am here to be your safe guide through that journey. I am certified in CBT, and work with those who have experienced sexual trauma. As a guide, I help partners reconnect through intimacy counseling. Together we’ll come to a better sense of understanding, compassion, and growth. You deserve to be fully present in the temple that you were created to dwell within.
Begin Intimacy Counseling in Madison, AL
You don’t have to live disconnected from your partner. Counseling can help you overcome past sexual trauma. My Madison, AL-based counseling clinic has caring therapists who specialize in sexual intimacy counseling. To start your counseling journey, follow these simple steps:
Other Counseling Services at Journey to New Beginnings
Intimacy counseling isn’t the only service offered at my Madison, Al counseling practice. Other services Journey to New Beginnings provides include group therapy, adolescent and family therapy, sexual abuse therapy, women’s issues, clinical supervision, and telehealth.