Sex & Intimacy Issues

  • Your sex life fizzled. You feel more like roommates than lovers.

  • Kids, careers or other responsibilities have absorbed the time that you once spent connecting with your spouse?

  • An affair or other betrayal has hurt your relationship.

  • Health concerns, such as menopause, prostate cancer or erectile dysfunction, have caused a rift between you and your partner both physically and emotionally.

  • You wish you could turn back the clock to when you first met and re-experience the fireworks again.

Many couples struggle with sex and intimacy.

 

If you and your partner aren’t having sex as frequently as you used to you are not alone. Some studies suggest that as many as 1 in 5 long term relationships may be considered “sexless,” with partners engaging in sex less than 10 times a year (Kinsey Institute).

When Your Interest in Sex has Waned…

If you have lost the spark and have stopped initiating sex, you may wonder what is wrong with you or the relationship, and feel guilty about not engaging your partner.

When Your Partner’s Interest in Sex has Waned…

If it is your partner that has become emotionally and physically distant, you may develop insecurities about your desirability and feel growing resentment towards him or her for withholding affection.

When You Don’t Have the Same Sexual Preferences…

Sex can also wane or cease to exist if you and your partner are not on interested in engaging in the same sexual activities. Maybe you feel your partner is not adventurous enough or perhaps he or she is too adventurous. You may have tried to resolve your differences, but so far have been unable to.

The effects of scarce sex or mismatched desires can cause you and your partner to feel discouraged, confused, and worried about that one may have an affair in order to get their sexual needs met.

Reasons for intimacy issues.
  • Responsibilities at work and home can drain both you and your partner of the energy you need to connect at the end of the day.

  • Unresolved arguments or conflict within your relationship may weaken erotic attraction.

  • Health conditions or age-related physical and hormonal changes may diminish you and/or your partner’s drive.

Sex therapy for couples can help you and your partner reconnect.

Sex therapy can be extremely effective at helping you and your partner move into the next chapter of your intimate and sexual life together.

In couples sex therapy sessions, you and your partner can discover a deeper, more meaningful and fulfilling connection to each other as you continue to grow in tandem throughout your lives.

But, you still may have questions or concern...

I’m too embarrassed to talk about our personal life with anyone – even to a therapist.

We understand that talking about sex and intimacy issues can be difficult for a lot of people. You will only disclose only what you are comfortable sharing – and at a pace that suits you.

That said, We can gently guide you to find ways to communicate with your partner about painful feelings as you slowly open yourself up to taking healthy risks and reestablishing the connection in your relationship.

I’m afraid talking about our problems will shine a light on all that’s wrong and make everything even worse.

An honest assessment and increased awareness is required in order to make make meaningful, effective changes. While working on your relationship and sexual problems may be uncomfortable at first, commitment and discomfort are often part of the sex therapy process.

But, if you truly value growth and have a strong desire to reconnect with your partner, working through your problems can lead to more self-awareness, increased empathy, compassion and trust. Cartersville Counseling & Therapy pledges to offer a safe, nonjudgmental space to assist you in exploring your intimacy and finding new ways of being together.