So what exactly is sex therapy? Simply put, sex therapy refers to a therapist discussing sexual problems with a client. Sex therapy is superior to other forms of therapy for sexual problems because sex therapists and sex counselors have specific training in sexual function and dysfunction (sexual orientation problems, gender identity issues, erectile problems, poor sex […]
When does venting turn into something we call “trauma dumping”? At what point does our venting turn into something more toxic to those around us? I think most of us could agree that life just gets really hard sometimes and comes with many challenges. Sometimes these challenges leave us wanting extra attention or support from […]
Grief Therapy Services in Ocean City NJ, Philadelphia PA, Mechanicsville VA, Santa Fe NM GA and FL: In addition to general issues of grief & loss, we have several therapists whose mission is to work with people who have experienced babyloss. Grief therapy can be very useful and effective to help individuals cope with the emotions […]
For several people, sex is a desire that naturally builds up over time, and some use pornography to express that sexual desire. However, not everyone is satisfied with their pornography use; some want a better experience. If your pornography use has become bland and you genuinely want to spice it up, here are five ways […]
How To Build Trust With Yourself: Take a moment to think about how you build trust with a close friend, significant other, or relative. This might look different for all of us, but there are some qualities we look for in relationships that are quite common. These include loyalty, acceptance, kindness, humor, playfulness, dependability, nurturing, […]
Why You Should Make Time for Yourself in Your Sex Life… a new relationship can be CONSUMING, in both a wonderful way and an overwhelming way at times! Newly intimate individuals typically dive in head first and forget to come up for air, sound familiar at all? Maybe you still find yourself feeling this […]
Sex after a break up: Going through a breakup can be difficult for several reasons. However, just because a relationship ends does not mean that one’s needs instantly go away. The person will likely want to have new sexual partners. However, knowing when to have sex after a breakup can be challenging, and fortunately, this […]
There are so many thoughts and feelings that come up when you are either giving or receiving feedback. Why does feedback so often feel like a negative experience when it’s such an essential part of most relationships (both interpersonal and professional)? When feeling negative emotions surface from a feedback experience (whether you were the one […]
If you talk with a physician about having herpes simplex virus (HSV), they would likely tell you that the virus is pretty benign (e.g., skin irritation, physical fatigue). Yet, so many struggle with having HSV. That’s because of the immense social stigma with having the virus. Additionally, sexual scripts often add to that social stigma. […]
Affirmations Vs. IF-ermations Have you ever found yourself feeling affirmations aren’t as helpful as everyone claims they are? Do you ever feel affirmations are failed attempts to convince yourself of your own abilities? You might find affirmations are everywhere! They can be found incorporated into internet ads, billboards, bumper sticks, t-shirts, coffee mugs, stickers, etc… […]
Though there is some variation, most professionals define pornography as any form of media created with the intent of sexual arousal. Pornography, or sexually explicit material (SEM), can take the form of literature, illustrations, cave drawings, movies, audio recordings, and so much more. At its core, pornography is simply a sexual tool that has existed […]
The previous article defined healthy sexual expression as engaging in activities that align with a person’s boundaries, which promotes comfort and self-satisfaction. The previous article also listed three ways to determine one’s sexual expression: creating a list of one’s sexual actions, viewing those actions as though they were a friend’s, and reflecting on the […]
The disease Covid-19 needs little explanation. It has affected nearly every country on the globe. However, Covid-19 has also influenced life on a micro level. People are forced to stay at home, which influences finances, parenting, and social connections. However, Covid-19 also affects sexual expression. If you’re someone who cares about sexual satisfaction, this […]
Why do some sexual desires and practices make us feel good and others make us shrink with shame? Sometimes, this is due to a mismatch between our desires and our beliefs about what is right and wrong when it comes to sex. That mismatch often causes intense feelings of shame, anxiety, and low self-esteem. One […]
Conflict Resolution Tool – Time Out: Every couple has disagreements. If you are with a partner long enough you are bound to come across something in which you two have opposing views and that’s completely normal. But once in a while (or rather frequently for some) there comes a point in a disagreement where emotions […]
What is Menopause? *Please note: for the purpose of this article, “woman/women” refers to individuals who have a body with a uterus, which could include trans and gender non-binary individuals that do not identify as a “woman”. Menopause refers to the time when a woman ceases menstruating. This process marks the end of a woman’s […]
Treating Menopause While most women do not experience significant incapacity from menopause, some do. For women who are distressed, overly uncomfortable, and even disabled by this transition, there are medical interventions that are available to reduce discomfort. You may be familiar with Estrogen Replacement Therapy (ERT) and Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) as a first-line treatment […]
Mood Changes and Menopause: Truth in the Research Historically, the ‘diagnosis’ of menopause has been held responsible for every mood change or unexplained feeling that women experienced throughout the climacteric 15 year period. Menopause, representing a state of decay, often required ‘treatment’ to protect women from their natural biological changes. Such interventions have included medication, […]
Despite the stigma, a lot of people have some strain of herpes. Approximately 20% of the population has HSV-2 (herpes simplex virus – type 2) (i.e., genital herpes), while about 80% has HSV-1 (herpes simplex virus – type 1) (i.e., cold sores). Even though so many people have a form of herpes, many myths […]
Temperatures keep on climbing as the summer experiences heatwave after heatwave. The summer heat can affect different parts of life, such as exercise, traveling to work, and AC costs. However, high heat can also affect a person’s sex life. For instance, increased heat can cause increased sweating, which may be a turn-off for folks. The […]
Despite sex-positivity becoming more popular, the stigma of too many sexual partners still exists in the United States. It doesn’t help that the stigma is so subjective. After all, “too many” can mean either three or 30 depending on whom you ask. Regardless of how arbitrary the stigma is, it still causes shame, anxiety, and […]
Sex culture in the United States is conflicting. Media and apps promote a sex-positive narrative, but peers and family members might promote a negative one. This is perhaps why so many people still question whether they have too many sexual partners: they’re receiving mixed messages. On the surface, a person may […]
Gaining Control of Your Erections through Mindful Touch Erectile dysfunction is a relatively common issue amongst people with penises, and most people will find themselves unable to achieve a wanted erection at some point in their lives. Before becoming too concerned about erectile dysfunction, it is important to keep in mind that erection density, or […]
Looking for ideas to spice up your sex life? Interested in getting to know a new partner’s sexual interests and boundaries? Need a neutral starting point to begin sharing sex ideas that recover the passion you used to have in your relationship? Unaware of your own sexual boundaries? While you do not need a […]
Shannon Oliver-O’Neil, MSW, LCSW: Sexuality is an integral part of many people’s lives. Sexual issues can create conflict, confusion and pain in the ways we relate to ourselves and others. Every person deserves to feel sexually confident, healthy and safe. As your therapist, I will work with you to identify barriers and create tools to move […]
Many couples come to sex therapists for help with their sex lives. Sometimes couples have lost the spark and need help spicing their sex lives back up. Others encounter sexual dysfunctions like painful sex, erectile disorder, low desire, premature ejaculation, delayed ejaculation, or not achieving an orgasm. Often times people expect that sex is just […]
Angie Dion, LMFT EMPLOYMENT HISTORY Clinical Supervisor People Acting to Help, Philadelphia, PA August 2018- present Provide clinical supervision to community mental health professionals, oversee cases and attend to administrative tasks. Facilitate individual and group supervision. Outpatient Therapist Child Guidance Resource Centers, Havertown, PA June 2013-June 2015 Provide therapy to children and […]
JENNIFER L. FOUST, Ph.D., M.S., LPC BOOK APPOINTMENT WITH DOCTOR FOUST 267-262-8515 EDUCATION December 2010 Widener University Chester, PA Doctor of Philosophy in Human Sexuality June 1999 Northeastern University Boston, MA Master of Science in Counseling Psychology May 1995 Millersville University Millersville, PA Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Psychology and […]
Learning how to develop more agency can be particularly useful for people who are codependent or simply tend to be givers in relationships. Giving is a great quality to have in successful relationships. When giving to your friends is healthiest, giving makes you feel good about yourself and your relationships. An unhealthy level of giving […]
In the Early Stages of Dating, Knowing When to Break Up Questions to ask yourself when debating a breakup: You have felt stuck in your relationship for a while now. You go back and forth about breaking up with your partner all the time. You are feeling lost. These feelings seem to be spilling out […]
Dr. Erica Goldblatt Hyatt is a university professor, administrator, and private therapist with over a decade’s worth of experience in the field of clinical social work. She received a Master of Social Work, Master of Bioethics, and Doctor of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently the Assistant Director of the Doctor […]
Many men think about how long they last before orgasming and wonder if they are normal or not, whether their performance is good enough, or how satisfied their partners are. Some women may not feel comfortable telling you to hurry up sex to avoid hurting your feelings, but they may sometimes think it. Sex can […]
How often do you think about if you are lasting long enough in the bedroom as opposed to lasting too long? Worried about your sexual performance because of how quickly you achieve orgasm during intercourse? There is a ton of emphasis in our culture about sexual performance equating with how long a guy lasts until […]
Are you frustrated with your sex life? Don’t know why your girlfriend is experiencing painful sex? Unsure about how to help her overcome the chronic traumatic sexual pain that she experiences? Maybe your partner has disclosed that she just received a vaginismus, vulvodynia, or Genito-Pelvic Pain Penetration Disorder (GPPPD) diagnosis. Maybe you knew that she […]
Stress Reduction: The 4 Elements Exercise We all have the need for stress reduction in our lives, whether it’s a onetime stressor, such as a big exam or meeting a significant other’s parents for the first time, while some stressors stay with you, such as struggles with work, conflict with a loved one, or financial […]
Supporting your Depressed Partner: Having a partner to share your life with can be a very rewarding and life changing experience. There may be times in most relationships however, when someone’s viewpoint and way of life may not match their loved one. When you add a mental health struggle to this scenario, this could drive […]
Humans make meaning in the world and communicate with others through language. The language following the discovery or disclosure of an affair is very important to the healing process. The meaning that infidelity takes on for people varies. Difficult emotions and decisions lie ahead as you begin a new phase of your relationship post-affair. This […]
Powerful 5-Minute Intimacy Exercise Looking to build more intimacy in your relationship? This powerful 5-minute intimacy exercise can help you build your connection to your partner, decrease the effects of daily strain, and increase your ability to respond objectively during conflict. Intimacy, or the feeling of connected-ness and understanding, is a key ingredient in successful, long-term […]
Do you find yourself bringing past fights into current fights with your partner? Do you hold back talking to your partner because you’re holding a grudge? Have issues popped up, without warning, which creates a bigger fight than anticipated? You may need to utilize the Parking Lot of Emotions. Often times, we find ourselves in […]
Bringing up sexuality can be nerve wracking. Some people are not used to talking about sex at all. Anxiety bringing up sex with your psychiatrist is often magnified when your sexuality has been stigmatized by society or medical providers in the past. Your hesitation makes sense. Not all psychiatrists have received sexuality specific training. Very […]
Have you ever found yourself saying to your partner “you never show me you love me” or, “you don’t even acknowledge when I tell you I love you?” You may be experiencing a difference in your languages of love. Just like English, Spanish, Mandarin, love is a language that we all speak. Think of your […]
Pressure to orgasm: A long time ago, someone declared that an orgasm equals a successful sexual encounter. If one could not assist their partner in achieving this feat, then they were seen as an unsuitable partner. I’m here to stop people from placing pressure on their partners to orgasm so that the real fun can begin. The […]
Male Anatomy Have you ever wondered what exactly the male penis is made of that allows it to become erect from its flaccid state? The male anatomy may seem simple at first glance, especially if we are to compare it to the female anatomy. You have a penis and testicles, or so you thought. Conversely, […]
Delayed ejaculation is a condition that refers to men taking an extended period of time to ejaculation (orgasm, cum, get off, bust a nut). Some men can not ejaculate during intercourse at all. Some men experience delayed ejaculation their whole sexual lives and others start having difficulty after having no trouble getting to orgasm before. […]
You hear all the time that alcohol and drug use can lower your inhibitions. Many people say including substances in their sexuality can really enhance their experience. While others talk about the negative impact on sexual experiences. The connection between sex and drugs and decision making: Alcohol In the US, you must be 21 years […]
Female anatomy can be complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. Knowing the appropriate anatomical names to your female anatomy will help you to communicate with your partner and healthcare provider more efficiently. Having the same body part language as your partner can promote better communication surrounding your sexual needs and wants. Knowing your female […]
Having a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) can be hard enough, having to talk about it with your partner can be even more difficult. When is the right time to share this information with your partner? How do you share this information? What do you need in return from your partner? Though having the conversation may […]
You found your partner’s name linked to the Ashley Madison Site. Now What? The identity of millions of Ashley Madison users have been revealed, which means millions of partners are either reeling from the reveal, questioning whether to look for their partner’s name in the database, and some are simply unaware their partner has been […]
Accurate Sexual Health Education and Relationship Counseling Articles The world is at our fingertips, literally. As a society we have become inundated with information. You can find the answers to the most bizarre questions almost instantaneously after typing it into Google. The use of technology on the one hand can provide validation and a sense […]
Living with herpes: A collection of our favorite articles. Herpes Sex Guilt Philly Having Herpes, Having Sex, Having Guilt in Philly: Tips for Self Forgiveness (herpes sex guilt Philly) Herpes Impact On Your Feelings Herpes’ Impact on Your Feelings Herpes Impact On Your Body Herpes impact on your body, including outbreak duration, recurrence, treatment and prevention. Herpes Facts […]
Affairs, Infidelity & Cheating : a collection of articles written by relationship therapists at Sex Therapy in Philadelphia. Infidelity and Marriage Infidelity and Marriage are not two words that are supposed to go together. Working through the affair with your spouse, or alone requires vulnerability, honesty, and an open-ness to making behavioral as well as emotional […]
Male Sexual Problems : Impotence & Premature Ejaculation IMPOTENCE Erectile Dysfunction Erectile Dysfunction (e.g. Impotence): if, for the last three months, you have experienced an inability to attain / sustain an erection sufficient for a satisfactory sexual experience and it bothers you (or your partner) then you meet the definition of having “An Erectile Dysfunction.” Treatment For […]
Resolving Conflict: Understanding Your Partner’s Point of View The Scenario: Two lovers in a heated fight: One person thinking “You make me so mad! If you would have just done “it” the way I wanted we would not have be in this argument right now!” The other person is sitting on the opposite side […]
Telephone Therapy, Virtual Therapy, and On-line Therapy – these are real and effective methods that are revolutionizing the world of psychotherapy (paperwork needed) . No longer do you have to go to a therapist’s office and talk. Through the use of technology, you can sit on your own chair in the privacy of your own space […]
Pegging is a sexual activity where a woman penetrates a man anally. Anal sex is often a topic that people assume is reserved for homosexual men. Among heterosexual couples, the common assumption around the practice of anal sex is that the male is penetrating the female. However, pegging is a practice that requires the female […]
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Continuing Education and Post-graduate Training in Human Sexuality If you are a professional, and want to improve your training, here are some programs that offer further study in human sexuality issues Advocates for youth, Advocates for Youth, Albert Ellis Institute, Albert Ellis Institute American Academy of Clinical Sexologists American Academy of Clinical Sexologists American […]
Degree Programs in Sexuality Antioch New England — Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program. California State University, — Interdisciplinary Minor in Human Sexuality. Duke University, — Program in the Study of Gender and Sexualities (SXL). An undergraduate certificate is available in this program. Indiana University, — Undergraduate Individualized Major in Human Sexuality — Doctoral Minor in Human […]
International Organizations for Sexual Health International Organizations Focused on Sexuality British Association for Sexual and Relationship Therapy Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sozialwissenchaftliche Sexualforschung (DGSS) European Federation of Sexology (EFS) International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Society and Culture International Planned Parenthood Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN) Sociedad Argentina de Sexualidad Humana Tavistock […]
Instructional Sex Sites General Sex Positive Sites Howtohavegoodsex.com How To Have Good Sex, Inc. is a site dedicated to teaching adults how to have good sex Coalition for Positive Sexuality is a site dedicated to teaching adolescent and youths how enjoy their sexuality Sexual Health is a site dedicated to sexual health Pole Dancing www.poisedancestudio.net […]
How To Have An Orgasm: Questions to ask yourself Do you masturbate? Many women find it easier to have an orgasm from solo-sex (masturbation), than from two-person sex. Have you ever tried the Jack Rabbit? The Jack Rabbit is an excellent type of vibrator for women with difficulties having an orgasm. The Jack Rabbit vibrator combines […]
Pain Before, During and After Intercourse: It Could Be Dyspareunia Dyspareunia, is defined as recurrent and persistent genital pain that occurs before, during or after intercourse. This pain can be sharp, dull, brief or long lasting. Diagnosis typically occures when it is determined that the pain is not caused by anatomical, physiological or pharmaceutical […]
You’ve been thinking about sex all day; the last thing you want is another night where you and your partner don’t connect in the way you need. How might you be contributing to creating an evening where sex isn’t appealing? Could you change your nightly routine to ensure you’re getting the sex you desire? Some […]
You have the utterly disappointing experience of a sexual dysfunction. Now what? First, go to your primary care physician and rule out any medical issues. Then, once all medical issues have been ruled out, seek services from a sex therapist. Here you can discover not only the possible physical reasons you are experiencing a sexual […]
Regaining Confidence and Control After Premature Ejaculation: Do you feel like you are haunted by your sexual performance? Are you constantly worried about whether or not you will be able to get and maintain an erection or that maybe you will ejaculate too quickly? Maybe you are afraid to pursue a new sexual relationship because you […]
Debunking The Cold Shower Myth: Cold showers can actually help INCREASE arousal! Are you looking to be more creative sexually? Are you bored in bed? Do you want to try something new tonight? Well then look no farther! This tip is designed for the typical couple that wants to experience something new sexually. It is designed […]
The Power of Compliments: Learn how to give your woman more detailed and specific compliments, her self confidence will improve and your appreciation for her will be enhanced. The Power of Compliments: Compliments can become few and far between in relationships, and worse, the compliments can often become stale or too general. As nice as […]
Parenting and ADHD/ADD during Homework and at Home Task Times Parenting can be a challenge all on its own! What is even more challenging is learning how to manage your child’s ADHD/ADD in their daily routine, specifically during homework and at home tasks. If you find that you are struggling with this issue, continue reading […]
People often differ in their appetite for sex. One of the most common sexual complaints among couples is a disparity in level of desire. (Think: “When I’m hot (s)he’s not!”) Since this is a common concern, it is helpful to take the time to examine the root cause of the difference in level of desire […]
Vulnerability. The mere mention of the word can make grown men squirm and grown women hide! It’s something we don’t often talk about, yet it is universal to all human beings. In the context of human relationships, vulnerability is the glue that connects us, yet terrifies most of us at the same time. When the […]
Your daughter forgot to tell you about the school project that’s due tomorrow. Your son’s soccer game starts in 45 minutes and the washer just broke. Your toddler got a raisin stuck up his nose, and there’s a huge deadline at work. Are you too busy for sex? Does the mere thought of getting naked […]
Sex Addiction Treatment in Philadelphia / Sex Addiction Recovery Articles A collection of sex addiction recovery articles written by different sex therapists at Sex Therapy in Philadelphia. Our hope is offer people living outside of Philadelphia a way to create their own sex addiction treatment plan to help them recover. There is no “right” way […]
Redefining your sexual values is one aspect of the overall process of redefining yourself, separate from your former spouse. It’s natural to mold yourself around the needs of others, particularly in a long-term relationship or marriage. Much of this is automatic; so much so that you may not have recognized the parts of your “self” […]
We all have underlying beliefs about sex, about ourselves, our bodies and how it “should be.” But most of us think of these as FACTS, not beliefs. If left unexamined, these beliefs about sex can rob us of freedom, ease and pleasure in our sexual journey. Have you ever stopped to consider how your beliefs […]
The four horsemen of communication – a common theme among married couples is that anger and fighting are viewed as negative within the relationship. According to John Gottman, a leader in couple’s counseling and research, the release of anger can be positive within the relationship. Anger becomes problematic only when it is released in what […]
You just broke up with your partner, and you now find yourself with an enormous amount of energy that you used to spend on that person. Take this opportunity to re-center that energy onto yourself. Often times, people tend to use this energy in the wrong way. You obsess about what you did wrong or […]
Responsible, accurate, and safe flogging requires practice, research, talking with your partners, and others who are more experienced and comfortable with flogging. Flogging is meant to be erotic and arousing, but is also very dangerous. Enjoy this activity with much caution, consideration of your safety and your partner’s, preparation and education.
This premature ejaculation technique is useful for men who experience hypersensitivity during sexual intercourse resulting in a quick ejaculatory response after penetration. This technique will help you merge your mind/body experience in order for you to train your body to feel the sensations of intercourse.
Just because you and your past partner had amazing sex, does not mean that all future lovers will consider you amazing in the bedroom. Each partner is different. Different build, different tastes, different needs, different likes and dislikes. Just like dating and relationships, the chemistry created between two people changes from person to person, and […]
The pregnant partner isn’t the only one experiencing change during sex. For the husband, how he views his wife, and what attracts him to his wife can change, and ideally for the positive. In the above letter, this specific husband now sees his wife as sexier with her new curves, and with more confidence. He […]
In determining the ideal time to have a baby, there are many aspects of life to explore and discuss. If no answer jumps out right away, then it’s important to keep having these discussions because you will notice over time and depending on what’s going on with your life at the time, you’re answers (and […]
Teen coping: Your teen may cope with death in various ways. You may be able to identify their experience of grief by observing their expressed sad mood. For others it can be quite difficult to pin point their level of grief. What may appear to be typical behaviors and moods may actually be insidious symptoms […]
What is your sex drive? For some couples having a different level of sexual drive / desire in a relationship creates problems, and for others it is not a big issue. There is a wide range of sexual variations that people may experience. Take our test and explore the differences that exist between you and […]
Many turn to interventions when confronting a loved one’s sex addiction, drinking problem, or an inability to manage their bipolar disorder, etc. The person’s life is spiraling out of control and it’s only a matter of time until the unspeakable happens. An intervention is typically chosen when family and friends feel that their loved one’s […]
For some people with PTSD sex can be a trigger. Sex as a trigger is common among survivors of sexual assault and rape. However, other types of trauma could still impact a person’s desire to have sex or impact a person’s feelings about sex. Some people with PTSD may try to avoid sex altogether, while […]
What to expect in supervision at The Center For Growth / Sex Therapy In Philadelphia? Supervision is core to our robust training program.
Self-Help Tips for Satisfying Sexual Experiences when you have Vulvar Vestibulitis
Vulvar Vestibulitis Syndrome includes physical as well as psychological symptoms.
What is Client Centered Therapy? And how will a therapist using a Client Centered Approach help me?
Vaginismus is a disorder defined as painful spasms of muscles around the outer third of the vagina. Learn how to relax the muscle.
What you should know about Urogynecology : Urogynecology treats problems affecting the female pelvic floor
Why should I see a Urogynecologist? As the name implies, urogynecologists have expertise in gynecology, urology, and bowel dysfunction in women.
What you should know about Urogynecology & when is it time to seek treatment for urinary incontinence.
Telling a spouse about your sexual addiction is a big step. There is a very real possibility that she/he will end the relationship. Think about whether you are ready to take the step, and consider having a therapist help you with the decision. When you decide you are ready, the step will be an important […]
Spina Bifida & Sex: A Brief Overview Any birth defect in which the spine does not close completely is considered spina bifida. This defect typically develops during the first month of pregnancy and seems to be the result of both genetic and environmental factors. Spina bifida occurs in roughly 7 out of 10,000 live births. […]
Sliding Scale Therapist Services in Philadelphia. To qualify for a reduced fee you will need to do the following.
Practicing Sexual Safety at College: going to live at college in Philadelphia opens up a wide new world of freedoms. Learn more about staying safe.
Sexual Pain Glossary If you have been experiencing sexual pain for some time now and are beginning a course of treatment, you may hear many different terms to describe your condition and the necessary treatment. These new terms may be confusing and at times sound like a different language.
If the feeling of not wanting sex persists and you find the thought of it disgusting, repulsive or unpleasant, you might be experiencing a sexual aversion.
Sexual abstinence is when one chooses to refrain from engaging in sexual behaviors.
Do I really want to recover from sex addiction? Most individuals reach a point where they realize that their sex addiction has caused much more pain than pleasure in their lives and led to isolation, loneliness, legal problems, and financial problems. Yet to totally give it up and try to recover from sexual addiction? What […]
Sex Addiction: Obstacles and Coping Skills The first step when recovering from a sexual addiction is to stop the sexually compulsive behavior. This step may seem simple enough, however willpower alone or just telling yourself that you will never do the behavior again is rarely successful. Urges to engage in the behavior can be very […]
Senior Citizens, Sex and Relationships: Sexuality is a key component of human health in any age group. Most seniors still enjoy intimate relationships with their partners. As people live longer, more seniors will become single – either through death of a loved one or divorce. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about […]
The art of seduction: good sex is frequently determined within the first few minutes even before the act.
Risk Factors for Anorexia Nervosa: While anyone can develop this disorder, certain people are more likely than others to suffer from it
Is Celibacy Right for You and Your Partner
recognize eating disorders – In today’s world, you can barely go anywhere in New Jersey, Delaware or Pennsylvania or do anything without having a certain body-image ideal brought to your attention.
Recently Single – What do I do now?
Prodrome refers to the early symptoms and signs that a person experiences before the full blown symptoms of an illness become evident.
Premature ejaculation and sexual anxiety treatment in Philadelphia. Practical steps that can be taken to learn how to last longer from the privacy of your own home.
Pre-marital counseling and intimacy enhancement course is an individualized three hour course for all ages. This targeted counseling service is safe, fun and reasonably priced. and can change your marriage for the better. Call today to learn more and enroll.
Postpartum depression in Philadelphia, or PPD is a common problem facing new moms in Philadelphia that should not be ignored. An overview.
The Three Primary Polyamorous Relationships Styles
Personality Profiles Anorexia: People with Anorexia Nervosa are usually persistent, conscientious, competitive and driven to succeed types of people.
Penetration Toys Philadelphia: are sex toys designed to be penetrated by a penis.
Question about pain during pregnancy: Can intercourse during pregnancy cause a woman to feel pain?
Overcoming Sexual Pain in a group setting- Learn about our Sexual Pain Group located in Center City Philadelphia
Oral Facial Herpes: Herpes is a very common and usually mild recurrent skin condition transmitted through skin to skin contact.
Basic Open Relationship Ground Rules
Online Therapy / Skyping
Minimizing the risk of herpes transmission: Herpes is most contagious during an outbreak, however it can be spread even when no symptoms are present if the virus is active on the skin, but asymptomatic.
Michele Gill McKenna resume / CV. She is a play therapist at the Center for Growth / Sex Therapy in Philadelphia.
Medical Problems and Sex: Health and sexuality often go hand-and-hand.
Medical Doctors and Anorexia: Why is seeing a medical doctor so important with Anorexia?
Marriage Counseling Philadelphia. Many people have marital problems that have nothing to do with sex. Sex Therapists at Sex Therapy in Philadelphia / Center for Growth are all MARRIAGE COUNSELORS and then have gone on and done specialized training to also be able to work with issues that arise in the bedroom.
Manual stimulation (hand jobs, fingering, digital stimulation) is the practice of using one’s hands to sexually stimulate a partner’s genitals, perineal body and/or anus
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We do not engage in Lingam Massage with clients. We TEACH clients how to engage in Lingam Massage with their lovers. We are Licensed Therapists and engage in sex therapy. We are NOT sexual surragates, prostitutes or call girls.
An exercise to determine your Lover’s level of commitment to you and to this relationship.
Is sex harmful during pregnancy
Introducing a Poly Relationship, or at least the idea of one to your partner:
Intimacy in the bedroom: 10 things to keep in mind to increase intimacy in the bedroom in Philadelphia.
The Intimacy Expression Exercise A vacation from sex can be a useful way for survivors of sexual trauma to heal. A vacation from sex provides survivors of sexual trauma (or anyone who is struggling with less sexual desire than they would want for themselves) with an opportunity to process their emotions and feelings about sex, […]
Celibacy is not the abnormal word it is sometimes made out to be. There are many benefits of celibacy.
Depression and sex. How does your depression effect your sexuality.
During pregnancy couples experience many emotional changes. Learn what they are, and how to prepare you and your partner for them.
Feeling down vs Depression We All Go Through Slumps in Philadelphia…Here’s How You can Tell If It’s Something More.
How to enjoy porn with a lover & Ways to teach your lover to enjoy porn with you.
How to get the most out of couples therapy: you have made an important choice: to invest in the improvement of your relationship. By developing appropriate expectations and following a few suggestions, your investment in couples therapy can reap great rewards. This document is designed to help you get the most benefit from our work […]
Explanation of Therapist Credentials AAC Advanced Addiction Counselor AAMFT American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists AAPC Fellow American Association of Pastoral Counselors- Fellow AASECT American Association of Sex Educators Counselors and Therapists ABD “All but Dissertation” = Completed Doctoral Coursework but not the degree ABPP Board Certified Psychologist ACHT Advanced Certified Hypnotherapist AMHCA American Mental […]
Improving Relationships – Requires Taking Action Depending on the severity of the imbalance in your relationship, you may want to seek help from a couple’s counselor. Some men see a desire for counseling as weakness, an inability to solve personal problems on your own, but this is not true at all! A counselor is not […]
Interstitial Cystitis What is Interstitial Cystitis? Interstitial cystitis (IC), also known as Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS), is an inflammatory condition of the bladder. This condition is painful and is caused by inflammation of the tissues of bladder wall. The most common symptoms of IC include: increased frequency of urination, pelvic pain, and urinary discomfort. It […]
Internet and Open Relationships. Understand Internet jargon (abbreviations) and learn how to go about using the Internet to enhance your open relationship.
Information about sex and pregnancy: Talking about sex has become a mainstream concept. Many media sources have devoted time to discussing sexuality. Never the less, there is little information about how sex relates to pregnancy.
Erectile Dysfunction (e.g. Impotence) If, for the last three months, you have experienced an inability to attain / sustain an erection sufficient for a satisfactory sexual experience and it bothers you (or your partner) then you meet the definition of having “An Erectile Dysfunction.” The term erectile dysfunction (ED), is frequently used by professionals because […]
Implanon (Birth Control) Implanon is a plastic, match-stick sized device implanted into the arm by a health-care practitioner. Implanon is a progestin-only form of birth control that can be used even if the user cannot use hormonal birth control containing estrogen. Before making any *decisions* talk with your health care provider to determine if implanon […]
Deepening a conversation — Imago Style Sometimes having a “deep” or “vulnerable” conversation with a friend, family member or lover can feel so elusive. It’s easy not to know what to say and to keep the conversation on a surface — but engaging level. In fact, one can spend endless hours discussing the weather, politics, […]
How to tell someone you are in counseling at the Center for Growth / Sex Therapy in Philadelphia. Step by step guide.
How to share sexual fantasies with your Lover: I’m in Italy for the first time and I meet a man in his forties named Giuseppe. He’s got beautiful salt and pepper hair and a well chiseled face. He drives a classic Alfa Romeo and is wearing a black cashmere coat with matching scarf. With a thick […]
Sex Therapists Tell The Secrets Of How To Pick A Pleasurable Condom Why Pleasurable Condoms are Important Condoms are currently the only way to decrease your risk of getting or passing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) during penis-vagina sex, penis-anus sex, oral sex on a penis, or sharing sex toys. Whether used alone or with a […]
How to Masturbate: For Women There is no one right way for how to masturbate. If it feels good, and no one is getting hurt, than it’s the perfect way. However, if you are in the mood to learn how others might masturbate, or some new and interesting techniques to add to your current selection keep […]
Anorexia Nervosa – How to help your child in treatment recover from Anorexia Nervosa at the Center for Growth <!–written by : Marion Goertz, DMin, RMFT –>To address child’s anxiety: Listen with compassion Ask if you can give them a hug or hold their hand Help them identify their sources of stress outside of the […]
How to get the most out of individual therapy at the Center for Growth: you have made an important decision: to invest in yourself so that can become the person you have always wanted to be. By following a few suggestions, you can get the maximum benefit from your work with a therapist in Philadelphia.
Follow these steps to learn how to deep throat . . .
How Frequently will I have Herpes outbreaks
High Sex Drive or Sexual Addiction?
Herpes Treatment Options
Herpes’ Impact on Your Feelings
Herpes impact on your body, including outbreak duration, recurrence, treatment and prevention.
Giving too much. Recognizing the issue.
Getting More Out of Sex -The purpose of the tip is to help you become more in touch with your body, specifically to increase your sexual-self-awareness, and to get more out of sex.
Fuck Buddies Fuck Buddies are a form of sexual relationship that does not include a romantic or emotional component. Possible Benefits of Fuck Buddies in Philly Being able to experience sexual gratification without having to manage the complexities of emotions and/or romance. It is easier to fit into a busy work or life schedule than […]
Feel like you are forced into therapy by a loving partner? Do you feel like your partner is “nagging” you to go to therapy for a problem you don’t believe you have?
Female Sexual Pain – Some of the conditions that cause female sexual pain include: vulvodynia, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, sexually transmitted infections, vaginal infections, fibroids, ovarian cysts, cervical problems, or lack of vaginal lubrication.
Feelings about entering therapy for Anorexia Nervosa
Erotica. Making story time happen.
Eating Disorders Treatment in Center City Philadelphia. Recognize and Respond.
The Eating Disorder voice verbally abuses people with Anorexia.
The How To’s for a Dynamic Relationship
Does sex cause miscarriages?
What is a dildo? How to use a dildo? & How to introduce a dildo to your lover? Are all answered in this article.
Diagnosing herpes in Philadelphia
Developing A Sexual Self exercise can help you to build positive intimate experiences with yourself and your partner.
Depression Therapy in Phila: typically people with depression go to social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, psychotherapists for help.
Depression Support Group in Center City Philadelphia. This group is unrelated to sex therapy. Call 267-324-9564 for more information.
Dating after loss: knowing when to start dating after loosing a spouse or significant other is one of the difficult tasks that accompanies loosing the person. There are many factors that need to be addressed before the decision to start dating again can be made.
How to Seek a Culturally Competent Therapist.
Cuddle Party in Philadelphia
Coping with Stress and Anxiety – So what do you do if you are experiencing stress and anxiety? How can you cope with it? At Center for Growth, these are some of the techniques will teach you.
Confronting the abuser is a technique that may be utilized in sex abuse / trauma treatment.the goal of confronting your abuser is for you to regain your voice and re-do things so that you can play an active role. You can change the outcome of history for others who would be affected by the abuser, […]
Coming out to family members – The idea of telling your family members that you are gay or lesbian can be very anxiety producing.
How to bring romance back into your relationship
Getting Your Partner on Board With Your Vacation From Sex (The Center for Growth in Philadelphia) You’ve decided that taking a vacation from sex is an important step for you in healing from your sexual trauma. This vacation is a wonderful opportunity for you to develop a healthy sexuality and to better understand yourself […]
Make healthy decisions about sexual activity when struggling with Bleb Disease, using a Bleb Pain Scale, pain journal and sexual activities table.
Understand how Bleb Disease can impact your sex life.
The birth control shot, administered by a health care practitioner, is a type of hormonal birth control delivered into the bloodstream through in injection into the arm or buttock. Shots are designed to prevent pregnancy.
Birth Control Pills are a type of hormonal birth control taken orally (by mouth) every day in order to prevent pregnancy.
Birth Control Patch Philadelphia (Ortho-Evra)
Should I tell my partner about being in counseling the decision to tell a partner that you are in counseling can be a difficult and anxiety producing one to make. There are no right or wrong answers – just different choices with different consequences.
Avoid the Top 10 Marriage Zappers
Herpes Question: What is Asymptomatic Shedding?
Anxiety & Depression Counseling Group in Philly
Anxiety Treatment in Philadelphia About Anxiety Suddenly you’re overcome with an intense fear or sense of gloom. You feel as though you want to run, but don’t know why.
Anorgasmia: the persistent or recurrent delay in, or absence of, orgasm following normal sexual excitement. Exercises to overcome anorgasmia . . .
Anorexia Nervosa is a psychological disorder characterized by an obsession to be thin and a distorted body image that drives people to be medically underweight.
Anorexia Nervosa in Philadelphia
Anorexia Nervosa (Purging Type)
Anorexia and the Doctor
Successful relationships require you to accept your partner’s limitations. Struggling? Try this exercise.
Taking Control Of Pelvic Pain: from the perspective of a phsysical therapist.
Every physical therapy treatment is individually tailored to your specific needs from the evaluation. Treatment may include but is not limited to the following: soft tissue
What to expect during a physical therapy evaluation.
Vibrators for Men – many people think of vibrators as being a sex toy for women. However, men can also receive pleasure from using vibrators either through masturbation, partnered sex, or both.
Single being single is a relationship style where a person is sexually and/or romantically unattached.
Fuck buddies are a form of sexual relationship that does not include a romantic or emotional component. The benefits / drawbacks are . . .
Fecal play is sexual play that involves feces (poo). The Appeal of fecal play is . . .
Vulvar vestibulitis is an inflammation in the vestibule, otherwise known as the vaginal opening.
What is a dildo? How to use a dildo? & How to introduce a dildo to your lover?
Tips and tricks on anal sex and anal stimulation: throughout the world, there are many taboos against anal sex / anal stimulation.
Sexual Skyping: Skype Sex 101: Action! The decision has been made—you and your partner are going to have Skype-sex. You are confident that your interaction will go on without a glitch—technological glitch that is.
What is a sex addiction? Sex addiction is best understood as a form of an intimacy disorder. Addicts typically experience compulsive sexual thoughts and/or actions.
Pregnancy is a life altering event. Life will never be the same as you knew it. You can not go back. Parenthood is permanent.
Alternative Lifestyles Alternative lifestyles can mean many things to many different people. This is for anyone who does not meat the “mainstream” ideals of the particular dominant culture: gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered or engage in BDSM, S&M, three-somes, open relationships, swinging, polyamorous relationship(s).