Do you struggle with stress and anxiety? Busy mind, racing heart, irritability, poor sleep, and difficulty concentrating are all signs that your body is wracked with anxiety. It feels impossible to be present and calm during a sexual experience when we’re anxious. If stress has completely taken over, you might believe you have no sexual desire at all!
Or perhaps you feel fine most of the time, but your anxiety shows up full force as soon as your body notices a sexual encounter is on the horizon. Whether it’s general anxiety, sexual performance anxiety, or a combination of both, we have the tools you need to calm your mind and ease your body so that you can enjoy stress-free sexual experiences.
How We Help
Our therapists understand the intersection of sexaulity, anxiety, and stress.
Although we’re not anxiety experts, we can help you determine the root cause of your sexual anxiety, make appropriate referrals to other anxiety professionals (if needed), and help you improve your ability to calm your mind when you’re trying to enjoy physical pleasure.
If your anxiety feels more like an aversion to sex, we can help with that too! If sexual anxiety goes unaddressed for a long time, our nervousness about sex can evolve into an outright hatred of our sexual bodies and a feeling of disgust when we think about having solo or partnered sex. If your mind is getting in your way, if your body just won’t cooperate, or if you feel too stressed to even think about sexual pleasure, we can help.
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I want to have sex with my partner, but my performance anxiety is through the roof. The experience ends up being miserable for both of us. I feel like a total failure.
I finally understand why I get anxious about sex, and I know exactly what to do to stay calm and present during sexual experiences. I trust that my body will do what it’s supposed to do. I no longer feel trapped by performance anxiety.
My life is stressful and I’m wracked with anxiety. Sex is at the bottom of my priority list, but my lack of interest is damaging my relationship. I feel so stuck.
I’ve discovered that allowing myself to focus on pleasure has greatly reduced my overall stress. Before, I thought of sex as a chore, now I see pleasure and sex as an opportunity to connect to myself and my partner, regardless of how crazy life is.
Thinking about sexuality has made me anxious for as long as I can remember. I hate my body, and thought of having sex with another person makes me very uncomfortable. I feel broken, and I don’t know how to fix it.
I’ve learned how to meet myself with compassion when my mind starts spinning into anxiety, panic, and self-criticism. I feel like I’m finally able to escape those negative patterns and am starting to feel comfortable exploring sexual pleasure in my body.
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