So why is today’s show about sex therapy? Well, because I’m a certified sex therapist and I know that a lot of people listening don’t know what that means. There is confusion about what sex therapy is and what a sex therapist does.
And there’s confusion or lack of knowledge about what it takes to become certified as a sex therapist. As you’re going to hear in the interview today, calling yourself a sex therapist is not a controlled term except in the state of Florida. So anybody can say they’re a sex therapist. However, there’s a huge difference between the people with the training, experience, and knowledge who’ve gotten certified as a sex therapist and everyone else who calls themselves a sex therapist. With them. you have no idea what kind of training, education, or experience that they’ve had.
So in this episode, I address the questions: What is sex therapy? What does it take to become certified and why does it matter?
I think I’ve got the perfect guest today to talk about this, Sallie Foley is a sex therapist and a sexuality educator.
We talk candidly about what sex therapy is, and isn’t. Sallie and I also discuss many of the issues and challenges couples may have where a therapist may be able to help and what treatment may look like.
We also give you, the listener, some guidance and when you might need a sex therapist and where you can find a highly qualified and certified provider.
Sallie’s the director of the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program and the former director of the University of Michigan Center for Sexual Health. She’s also served as the Chair of Certification for the AASECT Organization, the American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists.
She’s got a private practice in Ann Arbor Michigan and she has written chapters and articles about the treatment of sexual difficulties and co-authored Sex Matters for Women: A Complete Guide to Taking Care of Your Sexual Self.
Her book, Modern Love: A No-Nonsense Guide to a Life of Passion was based on her column “Modern Love” in the nationally circulated AARP the Magazine.
University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program – https://ssw.umich.edu/offices/continuing-education/certificate-courses/sexual-health
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