Intimacy can play a big role in relationships. If sex is becoming a problem for you or you and your partner. We can help.
My partner and I are having trouble with sex – what could be wrong?
Sometimes you and your partner’s sexual desires just aren’t in sync. However, if this problem has been going on for a while, it may be time to examine why this may be happening. The following reasons may contribute to you or your partner’s lower desire for sex:
Frequent arguing or hurt feelings
Differing viewpoints on having children
Specific sexual preferences such as position, outfit, etc.
If you feel like these reasons don’t quite encapsulate what you or you and your partner are experiencing in terms of sexual troubles, there may be something else going on. Sexuality varies quite a bit, and everyone has different preferences and quirks that are normal for them. If you feel that something is off, changed, or you are unhappy with your current sex life, reach out to a healthcare provider. You may be experiencing a sexual disorder or dysfunction if you are experiencing distress relating to your sex life, sexual compulsions, or feel you may harm another person sexually. Click here to read more about sexual dysfunctions. If you feel like sexual issues with your partner stem from another aspect of your relationship, click here to read about relationship issues.
Do I have a sexual addiction?
A person with a sex addiction may feel an uncontrollable need to behavior in a sexual manner in order to satisfy their compulsion. Sexual addictions can affect your physical and mental health and cause distress in relationships and your daily life. If you feel that you may have a sexual addiction, click here to read more.
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As humans, we are wired for connection. As infants, we relied on our caregiver(s) to provide safety, stability, and love. Through attachment, children and adults develop trust and learn to regulate emotions. As children, we learned to socialize through interactions with siblings and other children.
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Can you think of a recent conversation in which you felt judged, bullied, blamed, or criticized by your partner? Do you find yourself becoming defensive within communication or reacting in anger during difficult conversations, only to feel more disconnected and dissatisfied in your relationship(s)?
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CARE is “outside the box” to eliminate boxes as gender does not fit neatly into an either-or checkbox.
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I would like to highlight the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) for Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.
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“We are powerful because we have survived, and that it what it is all about- survival and growth.” –Audre Lorde.
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Rather than just focusing on the neck up, therapists are incorporating body work by taking a more holistic approach and integrating the rest of the body!
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You find yourself scrolling through social media and before you know it, you find yourself “doomsturbating“—doomscrolling while masturbating. This outcome is not too much different than other self-soothing activities we tend to find ourselves doing while stressed, anxious, depressed, lonely, or just plain old bored.
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Tough conversations often create discomfort and can lead to avoidance. There may be reluctance to speak up due to fear of consequences. What will people think? How do I manage my own anxiety? Consider for a moment that remaining silent during tough conversations also communicates a message. What message do you wish to convey?
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As we look toward 2021, many of us may take time to reflect on resolutions and intentions to carry into the upcoming new year. For those who struggle with disordered eating and poor body image, this time of year may be especially challenging due to the constant rhetoric and messages around programs designed for weight loss. If you are in recovery from an eating disorder, diet culture’s strong presence during this time may activate parts of you to feel ambivalent around your recovery goals. This is normal and this does not mean you are failing for having those thoughts. You are not alone!
Violence within intimate relationships is on the rise. Increased stress + staying at home + social isolation has help create a “perfect storm” for violence within the home. Being familiar with the types of abuse that can occur within relationships is an important step to recognize “red flags” to help yourself and/ or others who are experiencing or have experienced abuse during quarantine.
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As a follow up to the blog on CARE-ing for a Friend/ Family Member who is Misusing Drugs or Alcohol, I'd like to share some practical tools customized for parents and partners, the first tool being a 20minuteguide. It includes motivational techniques for behavioral change, worksheets, and examples of how to apply and practice CRAFT, or Community Reinforcement and Family Training strategies with your loved one
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A common reason why individuals, families, and couples seek counseling is to "fix" a problem. Imagine if you only had one tool in your toolbox. Would that tool be effective?
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Our culture tends to struggle with instant gratification (SWIPE), wanting our needs met immediately or relying on a partner for our own happiness or fulfillment of sexual needs and fantasies. Relationship issues are a very common presenting concern in therapy and dating is often included as a significant source of stress.
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In the dating world, most intimate relationships don’t turn…
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Don't let a screaming tiny human become a libido killer - find out how to revive your love life post-childbirth!
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