Sexuality counselors are individuals with a bachelorette, master’s, or doctorate degree in medicine or a related field with additional training in sexuality, including anatomy, pleasure, disorders, gender, and sexual expression and lifestyle diversity. They provide one on one or group sessions, utilizing education, problem-solving and communication skills, and specific exercises where needed (i.e. sexuality counseling).
As a physical therapy, sexual wellness is a part of our scope of practice; however, our professional education does not cover much sexual health information (Sengupta and Sakellariou 2009). In that particular healthcare population, sexuality can play a big role – in terms of relationship to one’s body and self-esteem and partner(s), different physical functioning, and/or pain following an illness or disability. Seeing this gap in care in the clinic inspired me, in part, to pursue sexuality counseling. Although I do not specialize in pelvic floor physical therapy, I recognize how sexuality can impact the whole person and well as the whole person impacting sexuality. And basic tools like bed mobility and improved physical fitness can assist many physical therapy clients interested in sexual wellness.
I also facilitate womxn’s meditation circles, during which discussion about relationship and sexuality would come up, hesitantly. I knew from these women, as well as from my friends and my clients, people were hungry to talk about sexuality and get reliable answers in a supportive environment. But I didn’t have the training, which is what I am currently pursuing now as I offer these counseling services (currently in group format).
If you are interested in learning more about my offerings or this service in particular, please do email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on our womxn’s circles, see Additional Information on WILD Woman Project Circles, Naperville – Ignite Well-Being (ignitewell-being.com)
- Sengupta S and Sakellariou D. Sexuality and health care: Are we training physical therapy professionals to address their clients’ sexuality needs? PTJ 2009; 89: 101-2.