Takeaway: If you’re experiencing problems in the bedroom, you’re not alone. Thankfully, sex therapy in Cincinnati can help you feel connected and fulfilled in your sex life! Reach out today to learn more about how I can help.

Intimacy can be tricky to navigate. As a trained sex therapist in Cincinnati, I understand and empathize with your concerns. If you’re looking for a sex therapist or you want to learn more about what sex therapy is, you’re in the right place. 

As a sex therapist I specialize in the unique challenges you may be facing in your sex life, from communication to barriers to stigma to intimacy challenges. Below I’ll explore what makes sex therapy different from other types of therapy and answer questions I often hear.

What is Sex Therapy?

Sex therapy is often misunderstood. If you’re curious, you’re not alone. Many people can benefit from even learning about what sex therapists do, let alone engaging in a session.

In essence, sex therapy is about cultivating a healthy relationship with your sexuality. Sex therapists establish a safe space to explore sexual desire, sexual health, and intimacy concerns, supporting clients in exploring and expressing their genuine selves within the context of their sex lives.

In practice, it’s about open conversation, non-judgment, and safe, free expression of your concerns and desires. A common misconception about sex therapy is that it’s all about the physical aspects of intimacy. Sex therapists do indeed consider the physical, but we also explore the emotional and psychological aspects of intimacy.

Other common misconceptions about sex therapy I often hear

Sex therapy offers transformative benefits to those who try it, but many are deterred by the mysteries and misconceptions. I often hear people raise concerns that sex therapy is:

  • Focused only on physical sexual problems
  • Only appropriate for relationships in crisis
  • Only appropriate for extreme circumstances
  • Something to be embarrassed about
  • Only a short-term solution to sexual issues
  • Only for hetero relationships

The truth? Sex therapy is for anyone who wants to achieve a more fulfilling and rewarding intimate life, improve communication, and overcome deep feelings of shame around sex. That’s why I want to help people understand its true nature and dispel these common misconceptions.

Is Sex Therapy for me?

Living in Cincinnati or the greater Ohio area and thinking about sex therapy? It’s completely normal to wonder if sex therapy is right for you. I know that many people weigh up their concerns and question if they are ‘important’ or ‘valid’ enough to seek support. You can benefit greatly from sex therapy if you experience:

  • Issues with communication in your relationship
  • Confusing or overwhelming concerns around intimacy
  • Differences in libido and desires between partners
  • Challenging feelings around intimacy due to past trauma
  • Performance anxiety or concerns about sexual dysfunction
  • Questions and concerns around sexual identity

Reaching out for help is a wise and proactive step in the direction of a rich and fulfilling relationship with intimacy.

How Sex Therapy Can Help

Many people are surprised by the profound benefits sex therapy offers. Let’s take a look at a few of these benefits to give you an idea of how sex therapy might help you.

This 2013 study highlights how sex therapy can empower clients by:

  • Improving relationship satisfaction
  • Strengthening communication between partners
  • Improving relationship quality
  • Strengthening emotional connection and understanding between partners

This article from the American Psychological Association explores the power of sex therapy and counseling through a mindfulness-based approach and highlights that the psychological and emotional aspects of intimacy are crucial to address (rather than a sole focus on medical support for sexual dysfunction).

Meet Julie Hattershire | Sex Therapist in Cincinnati

Hi, I’m Julie Hattershire, your dedicated Cincinnati sex therapist. I’m passionate about helping individuals and couples navigate the complexities of intimacy.

In Ohio we’re lucky to have so many sex therapists. But why choose sex therapy with me over other therapists? As a trained Cincinnati therapist, licensed professional clinical counselor, and member The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), I’ve seen how my clients experience profound positive transformations in the relationship to intimacy through my approach.

I offer you a safe, non-judgmental space to explore your concerns supported by a personalized approach that values your unique needs and experiences.

My Approach to Sex Therapy in Cincinnati

Sex therapy with me means entering a non-judgmental, compassionate space where your unique needs and desires are explored and celebrated. I find that open dialogue, mutual understanding, and personal empowerment have a huge impact on your experience of sex and intimacy in your relationship.

Based on decades of experience and training, I support your explorations and discoveries through evidence-based modalities such as talk therapy and sex therapy exercises, complemented by a nuanced and customized approach that incorporates your individuality. I also incorporate the power of mindfulness in my practice in Cincinnati to equip you and your partner with the tools needed for further independent exploration of concerns and issues outside of therapy sessions.

What can I expect?

Now, look, I know talking about sex is freakin’ awkward! I mean, it’s hard enough to talk about it with each other, but with a total stranger? EEK!

And that’s part of the problem, isn’t it? Sex lives in the shadows sometimes. Let’s bring it into the light and back into your lives!

Together, we will explore things like:

  • Sexual communication
  • Different styles of sex
  • How to initiate
  • Body image
  • Mind-body connection
  • How to be more playful and adventurous
  • How to heal from past messages or experiences
  • How to overcome sexual anxieties

Recently, a sex therapy client said to me, “Thank you. I had no idea it could be so easy to fix what wasn’t working between us. I can’t believe we ever entertained divorce over something like this.”

Don’t wait! Your amazing sex life is calling you…

Frequently Asked Questions

Sex therapists are dedicated to serving clients dealing with :

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Sexual pain and dysfunction in women
  • Questions and concerns about using a sex surrogate
  • Sexual pain/painful intercourse
  • Discrepancies in desire

Sex therapists serve as sexuality educators, playing an important role in providing useful information about sexual health and relationships.

‘Therapists’ tackle a range of personal issues that affect a person. Popular types of therapy include individual therapy (also known as person-centered therapy), relationship therapy, and family therapy (which can involve children in the therapeutic process). Sex therapists such as myself specialize in sexual health and intimacy.

Relationship therapy approaches issues such as communication, emotional distance, and relationship doubts. Sex therapists use the therapeutic relationship to focus specifically on intimate aspects, dealing with sexual problems, desires, and communication within the context clients’ sex lives and overall well-being.

Even if you live in Cincinnati where high quality therapists and counseling services can be found, it can be hard to find the right therapist for your specific situation. If you’re looking for compassionately led, trauma-informed, transformative sex therapy in Cincinnati in-person or online, you can reach out to me for support.

For women in Cincinnati dealing with sexual pain, men facing erectile dysfunction, or anyone in exploring preferences, sex therapy in Cincinnati is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for individuals and couples to discover deeper truths, explore preferences, discuss treatment options, and gain invaluable sex education.

Prioritize Your Sexual Wellness Today

Now is the time to prioritize your sexual wellness and let go of the shame and stigma associated with asking for help. If you’re ready to begin your journey toward a richer and more fulfilling intimate life, all you have to do is reach out for a free consultation.

This is a free, no-obligation opportunity to talk, share, and explore your interest in finding an effective approach to sex therapy for you. Whenever you decide that your sexual wellness deserves care, attention, and support, I’ll be here.