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  • FAQs

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    I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?

    Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.

    What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?

    Therapy should never feel like having a conversation with a friend. While there is a supportive element similar to the support you may get from a friend, therapists also use evidence based approaches to help resolve crises, improve communication in relationships, help with mood management, and encourage you to examine the cultural, spiritual, and emotional underpinnings of your struggles to come to a better understanding of yourself. Additionally, therapy is guaranteed to be a non-judgmental space where you can process any feelings or needs that may be difficult to discuss in more casual social settings.

    Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

    While medication is effective for certain conditions, it is almost always recommended to be taken along with therapy to have the best outcome in the shortest time. Additionally, there are many emotional, spiritual, social, and sexual challenges that cannot be treated with medication. If you decide to work with a therapist at AZSECS, they will help to determine if medications may be helpful in combination with therapy to achieve your desired result.

    What can I expect from sex therapy?

    Your initial appointment will involve a variety of assessment questions to help your therapist understand your needs and goals, arrive at a diagnosis if applicable, and begin to develop a treatment plan to best meet your needs. By the end of the session your therapist will usually be able to identify some directions to go in for your ongoing services and discuss with you the next steps.

    What does a sex therapist do?

    All services at AZSECS are provided by licensed therapists with special training in sexual health and sexuality related topics. All our providers are members of professional organizations with strict ethical expectations. The purpose of sex therapy is to assist clients in examining their sexual desires and concerns, resolving guilt and shame and underlying mental health concerns that may be related, and supporting individuals and partners in communicating more effectively about sexuality. Sex therapy does not involve physical touch of any kind, or engagement in any sexual acts of any kind.

    How long will it take?

    Everyone’s circumstances are unique and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on a variety of factors. Our process involves a constant assessment of goals and desire to help you complete services and move forward as quickly as possible. Some clients feel that their needs are met within a handful of sessions, while others remain in services for a year or more. If you are concerned about time constraints or speeding up the process, we recommend discussing those concerns with your therapist.