Sex and Intimacy Coaching supports individuals to become confident and comfortable with their sexuality, while improving sexual functioning and skills. Dr. Melanie Rose believes in empowering people through positive encouragement, compassionate reflection, and accurate sex education. Coaching, unlike therapy, is usually short term and goal centered, oriented in the present and focusing on what you want for your future.
Challenges to one’s sexuality can include:
- Sexual Aversion – being fearful and avoidant of sex. This could be due to trauma, an early sex negative education, religious constraints, or partner issues for starters.
- Low or Absent Sexual Desire – also known as hypoactive sexual desire. The possible causes are lengthy, but can include stress, depression, hormones, pharmaceuticals, body image, aging and many of the issues that lead to aversion.
- Arousal Disorders – difficulties for men or women in becoming and/or staying aroused and male difficulties with getting/or maintaining erections. One can have desire and still have trouble with arousal.
- Negative Body Image – a person who does not see themselves as desirable will have issues with self-esteem, self advocacy, and desire. Regardless of your shape or size, comfort with and acceptance of your body is attainable.
- Orgasmic Disorders – premature ejaculation or delayed ejaculation in males and the absence or difficulty to reach orgasm in females.
- Painful Sex – also known as dyspareunia, vulvodynia, or vaginismus, this issue affects primarily women but also some men and can have physiological as well as psychological causes.
- Sexual Compulsion – excessive sexual thoughts and/or behaviors that cause significant impairment in life functioning.
- Social/Dating Skills Deficit – some people have not had the opportunity or positive experiences needed to develop the confidence and skills needed for connecting or dating. Coaching can help develop these skills and can offer valuable learning to become the lover they know they can be.
- Sexual Trauma – A large number of women and even men have been traumatized sexually. This could include childhood sexual abuse, rape, dysfunctional relationships, or just an uncomfortable sexual experience. Also, because our culture is very shaming about sex, many people are traumatized by the negative judgments made about sexuality, theirs in particular. Misinformation and lack of education about sex can also adversely affect peoples experiences, leading to ongoing trauma.