Sex Therapy

Sex Therapy in Philadelphia

People often seek therapy for issues related directly or indirectly to sex. On the one hand, people may come into therapy specifically to address an issue related to sexuality. On the other hand, issues of sex or sexuality may simply come up during the course of treatment for other issues because sexuality plays an important role in our lives and relationships. Talking through these issues in a therapy setting can help you navigate your thoughts and feelings surrounding sexuality.

Common Sexuality Issues

  • Anxiety about sex
  • Conflicting or imbalanced sexual desires between partners
  • Lack of sexual desire
  • Questions around sexual orientation
  • Anxiety or uncertainty about sexual orientation
  • Unwanted sexual impulses or compulsions
  • Impotence
  • Recovery from sexual abuse or sexual assault
  • Loneliness
  • Body image issues
  • Promiscuity
  • Other issues related to sex and sexuality

Should I Attend Sex Therapy?

Consider sex therapy if you answer “yes” to any of the following questions:

  • Are you or your partner experiencing sexual intimacy problems?
  • Has the issue of sex caused stress in your romantic relationship?
  • Are you engaging in secret sexual behaviors that place you at risk for family disruption? Financial turmoil? Public censure?
  • Are you leading a secret double life with regard to your sexual activity?
  • Are you engaging in sexual behaviors you find embarrassing or shameful?
  • Do you find yourself aroused by subjects that other adults consider shocking?
  • Do you have sexual kinks that you are too embarrassed to reveal or that are negatively affecting your life, such as cross-dressing, peeping, or masochism?
  • Were you the victim of childhood sexual abuse?
  • Do you have body image concerns?
  • Do you think you engage in compulsive sexual behaviors? (This includes Internet porn)
  • Do you have concerns about your sexual orientation (Am I gay? Bi-sexual? Poly?)

Male and female sexual issues and problems often begin to surface in adolescence. Some of these issues will be passing, while others may insidiously impact the remainder of his or her life.

To learn more about therapy for teens or children who are struggling with their sexuality, please visit our page about sexual orientation questions in adolescents.

Sex Therapists in Philadelphia


Michael Shelton MS, CAC offers an experienced and sensitive approach to the above concerns. He has been treating men and women with sexual behavior disorders for over a decade and had the great privilege to work at two of the most esteemed sexual treatment facilities in the United States, the Joseph J. Peters Institute and the Keystone Center. He is the author of several books on sexuality and has an ongoing Blog with Psychology Today on male sexual issues.

Many of our other clinicians at Equilibria have expertise working with clients who are seeking help with issues around sex or their sexuality.

Schedule a Sex Therapy Session

To make an appointment for sex therapy in Philadelphia, please contact us at (267) 861-3685, Option 1 or fill out our contact form.