Sexuality Services

Sexuality and Relationships

Sexuality, or the way someone goes about expressing themselves as a sexual being, is often defined by gender, sexual orientation, sexual desire, self-esteem, personal values and personal boundaries. Sexuality counselling can look at physical (medical) concerns, emotional, cognitive, and psychological components, as well as environmental factors impacting one’s personal sexuality.

Sexuality is bred from numerous facets of our lives, including biological/medical/physiological development, general emotional/social support, psychological differences, gender differences, the education we received around sexuality as youths, our society and cultures perspectives on sexuality, and our own personal preferences and behaviours. Our sexuality shifts, grows, and transforms over time, and many individuals seek counselling to explore these topics or to find further education. One might find themselves in a relationship where the sexualities of the individuals and desires of each person do not match the other’s. Navigating sexual differences with partners can be very difficult, and you do not have to do it alone.

Sexual therapy (or sex therapy) is beneficial for individuals seeking understanding or acceptance of self, intimate partnerships (such as couples, triads and those in various forms of poly-relationships), parents and their children for education, and anyone concerns or conflicted with regards to their sexuality and how it impacts their life. It is heavily weighted in the social aspects of our world and individual cultures, but also explores the biological and emotional components of sexuality including sexual dysfunction or potential medical concerns, self-esteem, values and boundaries, and personal desires.

Ways to utilize sexuality counselling:

  • Enhance or restore physical intimacy with a partner
  • Learn more effective ways to communicate needs and desires with others
  • General sexuality exploration and education
  • Explore culture and how environment impacts our sexuality, as well as monogamy and non-monogamy practises
  • Examine physical or medical concerns impacting physical intimacy
  • Discuss anxiety or shame around sex, lack of sexual desire, and conflicting sexual desires between partners
  • Work towards recovery from sexual abuse or assault
  • Work through self-esteem or body-related issues
  • Develop better understanding of self, and how culture and society impact that understanding
  • Better understand age and sexuality