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What is a Sexologist?

So you've heard or read the word sexologist and you're wondering what the hell that is? For most people, the only thing they see is SEX in the title (I mean who cares about the 'ologist') and well you're not far off the mark if you're thinking a sexologist relates to sex.

A sexologist is someone who has studied human sexuality and behaviour. A sexologist provides education and tools to support individuals with their sexual health, sexuality and sex life.

Now a sexologist may work as a sex therapist, educator, researcher or more. When I was at university studying sexology there were people in my cohort who had previously studied psychology, occupational therapy, accounting, criminology, social work, counselling and more. We were super diverse which I loved! That also means we all have unique experiences and expertise when it comes to how we practice and work as a sexologist.

A sexologist (like me) who provides sex therapy can help you with a broad range of issues such as:

  • Increasing pleasure

  • Difficulties with orgasm

  • Painful sex

  • Erectile difficulties

  • Rapid ejaculation

  • Sexual confidence

  • Performance anxiety

  • Mismatched libido

  • Low/high desire

  • Boundaries, consent and communication

  • Masturbation

  • Sexual shame

  • Exploring sexuality

  • Kink

  • Casual sex

In session, you can expect to be guided through your reason for presenting. We look at your sexual history and how that may be contributing to your presenting issue. You are provided psychoeducation, support, tools and fun practices to help you navigate your sexuality and relationships. The sessions are client-centred, which means we work on the issues you want to work on.

Although a sexologist may talk to you about sex, sexuality, sexual health and your experiences it is important to remember you do not have to talk about anything you aren't comfortable discussing. It should be a safe space in which you feel supported.

Most importantly if you are going to see a sexologist have fun! This is a great opportunity to talk freely and openly about sex and relationships in a way you may not yet have experienced before.

Yours sincerely,

Emily x

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