First of all, the sexologist studies human sexuality and its manifestations. In fact, sexology studies all aspects of sexuality, namely sexual development, the mechanisms of erotic relationships, human sexual behavior and emotional relationships. Of course, physiological, psychological, medical, social and cultural aspects must also be linked.
Sexology, a recent science
First of all, in its modern form, sexology is a recent science that developed at the end of the 20th century. Moreover, it is at the crossroads of several disciplines, such as medicine, statistics, epidemiology, biology, neuroscience, criminology, history, psychology and sociology. It also studies the sexuality of specific groups, such as the disabled, children and the elderly, and also studies sexual pathologies. The sexual pathologies are sexual dysfunction, sexual obsession, sexual violence, and marginal practices such as paraphilias and perversions.
Also, sexology deals with specific topics such as abortion, birth control, rape or other sexual assault, new reproductive technologies or sexual health.
What is a clinical sexologist?
It should be noted that the clinical sexologist practices in a private office or in a community or government agency. The sexologist must hold a master’s degree in sexology (counselling profile) and a psychotherapist permit issued by the Ordre des psychologues du Québec. He must also be a member in good standing of theOrdre professionnel des sexologues du Québec.
In all simplicity, sex therapy is a therapeutic encounter between a clinical sexologist and a person who expresses a desire to change in order to improve their well-being. Sex therapy therefore focuses on finding a solution to a sexual difficulty that is responsible for a disorder or suffering. It also aims to promote the development of a more satisfying sexuality.
Who are the sexology clinicians?
Firstly, sex therapeutic work is based on theoretical knowledge and recognized intervention methods. These methods allow for the assessment of the person’s sexual development and the presenting problem. Thus, the clinical sexologist intervenes in order to promote better sexual health.
Secondly, the sex therapy process can be done over a short period of time or over several months. In addition to this, the clinical sexologist sometimes has to work closely with other professionals (e.g. doctor, psychologist, physiotherapist, social worker, etc.).
How does therapy with a clinical sexologist work?
First, the clinical sexologist makes an assessment of the difficulty. The therapeutic process then leads the individual to understand the nature of the problem. Finally, solutions will be developed to achieve a more satisfying sexual and relational life.
Then the sessions can take place individually or in couple. Of course, the rates and time of a consultation may vary. It should be noted that the clinical sexologist issues receipts for tax purposes or for reimbursement by certain insurance companies.
There is no doubt that the clinical sexologist must respect the code of ethics of his professional order.
When to consult a clinical sexologist?
If you are experiencing one or more of the difficulties described below, clinical sexologists are obviously qualified to help you:
Sexual difficulties, such as:
- Sexual desire disorders, hyper or hypo active
- Erectile dysfunction
- Ejaculation disorders
- Orgasm disorders
- Sexual compulsion
- Pain on penetration
- The disgust of sexuality
- Addiction to pornography
- Exhibitionism and voyeurism
- The disturbing sexual fantasy
- Sexual abuse
- Questions about sexual orientation
- Gender Identity Disorders
Emotional and relationship difficulties such as:
- Intimacy disorders
- Difficulties in love
- Communication problems
- Emotional dependence
- Excessive jealousy
- Lack of confidence or self-esteem
- Body image deficiency
- Extra-marital relationships
- Domestic violence
- Stress, performance anxiety
- Repetition of “inadequate operating patterns
- Separation, divorce, bereavement
Health-related sexual difficulties such as:
- Pregnancy, infertility
- Abortion, miscarriage
- Menopause, andropause
- Sexual impacts of STIs and AIDS
- Gynecological or urological problems
- Diseases (heart attack, cancer, diabetes, etc.)
Other services offered by clinical sexologists include:
- Conferences and trainings
- Personal growth workshops
- Sex education
- Sex-legal expertise
- Scientific research
- Clinical supervision
In conclusion, if you think you have any problems with your sexuality, even if you just have some simple questions, make an appointment with our sexologist now.