How to Become a Sex Therapist

How to Become a Sex Therapist

 

Have you ever wondered how to become a sex therapist? 

This profession is becoming increasingly popular, mainly because more and more individuals are struggling with intimacy in some way. Unsurprisingly, the demand for sex therapists internationally is soaring. 

When people struggle with intimacy or sex, it can lead to psychological issues or to harm in relationships. Many individuals are looking for help in the form of sex therapy to create or reestablish a healthy connection with passion. 

In this blog, we discuss what a sex therapist is, how to become a sex therapist, and the wide range of options for sex therapists.

Sex Therapist Definition 

Sex therapists are licensed mental health professionals who discuss sexuality and intimacy in a way that allows clients to resolve issues related to their sexual lives. In a permission-based, shame-free environment, sex therapy could be the first time someone has the chance to know themselves.

A sex therapist’s job may include identifying and treating sexual dysfunction, as well as assisting individuals to be more inquisitive about their sensual lives. 

During sex therapy, there is no physical contact made between clients and sex therapists. This profession requires specialized training and ongoing education. Also, it may involve getting a license and finishing a predetermined number of hours of on-the-job training.

Clients who are struggling with their identity, body dysmorphia, trauma, dysfunctions, mismatched sexual libido in couples, different desire for erotic flavors of sexuality, or even those with compulsive or problematic sexual behavior often want to talk to a sex therapist. 

How to Become a Sex Therapist

Before obtaining American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) accreditation, you can start a career as a counselor or therapist by following these recommendations:

Master’s Degree

The minimal educational need to be a sex therapist is a master’s degree, regardless of where you live in the United States. Sex therapists help their clients navigate sexual concerns and dysfunction that can lead to intensive therapy. Therefore, one must have a master’s level understanding of their skill-set if you want to learn how to become a sex therapist. 

Doctoral Degree

Although it is not required, a higher level of education like a doctorate can improve your chances of success if you are interested in the significance of having a title. 

In-depth training for clinical sexology is also available to those who want to know how to become a sex therapist. 

Licensing Requirements

States have different licensing requirements for mental health professionals who wish to perform therapy. The majority of states require that mental health workers receive a license of some kind, that they renew yearly. Read up online what your state requirements are and your country’s ethical codes. 

The standards for certifying mental health therapists and counselors vary by state. Usually there is an exam and a certain amount of hours post degree that you must have. 

A clinician must hold a valid mental health professional license in the state or states in which they intend to practice before becoming a Certified Sex Therapist. 

Sex Therapist Skills

Remember that sex therapists use these crucial techniques and talents while assisting partnerships as you continue your studies and training:

  • Knowledge of family systems theories and practices
  • Reflective listening
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Nuanced perspectives
  • Innovative practices that are identity-affirmative
  • Trauma-informed modalities 

You must learn to be objective and warm if you want to work as a sex therapist that gets results for your clients. Sex therapists typically must have strong therapeutic rapport and the capacity to instruct clients with at-home practices outside of the office.

Sex Therapy Session

As a sex therapist, you will hold sex therapy sessions for your clients. While some people choose to come with their partners, others prefer to attend sessions alone. When a client decides to come with a partner or partners, it is important that both partners feel they are in a safe space where they can share how they feel in the relationship. How long sessions will last or how often clients will visit their therapist will often depend on their schedule and preferences and the nature of the treated problem. 

Each topic is handled with care, and both the therapist and the client work together to achieve unique sexual objectives, whether it be problems related to early ejaculation, low libido or mismatched libidos between partners, performance anxiety, menopause, etc.

Sex therapy is a type of talk therapy in which the client’s problems are discussed while sitting in a room. The therapist will constantly work to foster a judgment-free zone that is supportive of healthy sex. Feeling nervous upon seeing a sex therapist, especially the first time, is very natural.

It can be difficult at first to talk about intimate topics with someone you don’t know. Therapists are training in this though, especially when discussing intimacy. 

In Final Words

So now, you know how to become a sex therapist and you can launch your career by checking out AASECT. Also, keep in mind that there are specializations to check out. 

How to become a sex therapist is a life worth seeking if you value pleasure, passion, and intimacy. 

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About Life Coaching and Therapy

Life Coaching and Therapy (LCAT) is a therapy and coaching practice that transforms our clients lives through our flexible. Multi-technique approach and pleasure-skills training provided by systematically-trained and licensed therapists!

Get to know our founder and owner, Amanda Pasciucco, (a.k.a. The Sex Healer) PhD, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (CST) that has developed innovative therapy programs and therapy videos that get results.

Our team of compassionate, licensed therapists and certified sex therapists help all clients who visit us for a variety of personal, relationship, intimacy and sex problems.

LCAT provides on-site appointments, as well as video chat and text therapy programs.

Learn more about how LCAT can help improve your life at What We Do

How to Become a Therapist in the United States

How to Become a Therapist in the United States

 

We get asked how to become a therapist often, especially by our future interns! 

The path is personal, yet in the United States, it is regulated state by state. Similarly, when you ask how to become a therapist, are you talking counselor, therapist, or social worker? 

There is not one way on how to become a therapist. There are several different paths to accomplish this. First, you have to complete a bachelor’s degree and at least a master’s degree, or even in some cases, a doctorate. However, you can assume that most therapists have a master’s degree in some specific type of therapy or counseling. Ask them when you work with them what their degree is in! 

Therapists who Prescribe

Although not as common, therapists that prescribe are usually Psychiatrists (MD) or Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) or Psychiatric Nurse. 

Obviously time and financial resources are needed to accomplish these certifications, and it can range between 3 and 8 years. 

Therapists and Counselors

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) 
      • A LCSW is someone who has completed their Masters or Doctorate degree in Social work. A licensed clinical social worker focuses on the clinical aspects of social work rather than other concentration areas of community organization, case management, or other social work tracks. Simply completing a social work degree does not necessarily mean that they are therapists or clinicians
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
      • I am totally biased on this one because this is what my degree and specialization is in. A person who is a LMFT has a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy or in a related area with a concentration in MFT. This training focuses specifically on relational therapy and systemic thinking. This degree is predominately clinical and is often connected to family therapy or couples therapy.
  • Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC)
    • A person who is an LPC may have a Master’s Degree in various fields (school counseling, general counseling, psychology, etc). LPC’s are trained in a variety of clinical practices depending on their base degree, but are predominantly clinical professionals. Often specializing in individual, group, and substance abuse treatments. 

 

These tracks vary in requirements, however, Master’s Levels programs take two to three years to complete and an additional one to three years to become licensed, when going quickly with accumulation of objectives. 

In addition to our degrees, licenses, and certifications we are also required to take a certain number of Continued Education (CE) courses each year to be sure we are remaining up to date with our clinical practice. This is not the case for all practitioners, yet it’s a great practice to keep us sharp and up to date.

If you want to know more on how to become a therapist, check out a school near you! 

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About Life Coaching and Therapy

Life Coaching and Therapy (LCAT) is a therapy and coaching practice that transforms our clients lives through our flexible. Multi-technique approach and pleasure-skills training provided by systematically-trained and licensed therapists!

Get to know our founder and owner, Amanda Pasciucco, (a.k.a. The Sex Healer) PhD, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (CST) that has developed innovative therapy programs and therapy videos that get results.

Our team of compassionate, licensed therapists and certified sex therapists help all clients who visit us for a variety of personal, relationship, intimacy and sex problems.

LCAT provides on-site appointments, as well as video chat and text therapy programs.

Learn more about how LCAT can help improve your life at What We Do

Low cost therapy

Low Cost Therapy Available at Life Coaching and Therapy (LCAT)

Low Cost Therapy Available at Life Coaching and Therapy (LCAT)

Low cost therapy sessions are available from our LMFT-A licensed graduate and MFT interns that have joined the LCAT team. 

Welcome New Team Members! 

 

Olivia Pace, LMFT-A

Melody Atkinson, MFT Intern

Mia Selgado, MFT Intern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


We have added Olivia Pace, LMFT-A to the LCAT clinical team. She earned a master’s degree from Central Connecticut State University, and completed an internship at an agency specializing in family outpatient care. She has experience working with individuals, couples and families. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist associate.

Additionally, we started an internship program this summer with two fantastic interns – Melody Atkinson and Mia Selgado, from Southern Connecticut State University’s Marriage and Family Therapy program.

We would like to welcome Olivia, Melody and Mia to the LCAT family for hopefully many years to come.

Please click here for their bios! 

I am really excited to announce our new team members, as it offers us an opportunity to expand the practice, offer low cost therapy sessions to the community, and provide an educational space and opportunity for new professionals in the field who are dedicated to the healing arts! It really feels like a win, win, win!

Our new team members are passionate about our work and are dedicated to facilitating sessions that promote healing and growth.

Mia and Melody both hold interest in the LGBTQ community as well as making sure there are spaces for all people regardless of identity or barriers to accessing treatment. 

How Does it Work?

 

As an LMFT-A professional, Olivia is able to see clients and is still required to be supervised by a licensed therapist in the same field. We are offering lower cost cash sessions to make her services more accessible and affordable to all.

I will be supervising Olivia on a bi-weekly basis. Supervision is where the master’s level clinician directly reports to a licensed therapist to discuss more in depth ways to approach a case. Not only will I help with the cases, I will be reviewing and signing necessary clinical documentation.

Our interns will be working a small case load each week. Each intern will be supervised by myself, Nicole Scrivano, LMFT, or Amanda Pasciucco, LMFT, AASECT CST (LCAT owner) on a weekly basis. 

Our interns have already been seeing clients in the field in other placements through their graduate program. Within all placements they are required to be supervised and observed prior to engaging in their internship placement. They join our team to start to focus on their area of interest and speciality. We are their final placement prior to achieving their masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. 

Supervision includes discussing cases on the intern’s caseload, various interventions and clinical tools to use, ways to help fine-tune and specialize clinical skills as well as reviewing and signing all clinical documentation. This ensures opportunities for the interns to experience more growth and development.

Both Amanda and I have worked with interns in the past and have been working at Life Coaching and Therapy, LLC since the beginning! We have been in the field for over 10 years and are so excited to utilize our expertise. And therapeutic models to advise a new generation of therapists in the field..

Amanda is an AASECT certified sex therapist who has nearly completed her PhD in Clinical Sexology. She has supervised both undergraduate, graduate, and licensed therapists and is an amazing therapist if I do say so myself. Amanda is an expert in trauma, sexuality, inner aspects, and non-violent communication. 

I am an LMFT who is certified in EMDR, DBT, and other modalities… all this is just a fancy way of saying I am trained in a variety of things to help people manage their symptoms. Before working at LCAT, I supervised therapists at an agency (with staff of all levels of experience including interns). I work at LCAT as the supervisor of our other therapists. 

If you would like to learn more, please check out our bios.  

Why Work With a LMFT-A or an Intern? 

 

Clients benefit from sessions by getting a fresh perspective at a lower cost session. How often are you searching for therapists and think the fees are too much for you to afford?

The interns’ sessions start at $60 per session for couples and individuals, and are not covered by insurance.

Olivia’s sessions start at $80 per session for individuals and $100 for couples, and are also not covered by insurance.

We are committed to making therapy accessible to as many people as possible. And this is a way to accomplish that. 

Working with an LMFT-A or an intern also allows you to have the focus of two therapists. Through the supervision and frequency of communication between interns and their supervisors, you are also able to get perspectives from a licensed, experienced therapist as well. 

Professionals early in their careers are usually incredibly energized and committed to the work that they are doing.

In my experience supervising interns in the past, they typically spend a lot of time trying to figure out ways that they can serve the community by utilizing the most current education in the field. 

As many of you know, outside of the cost, accessibility to therapy has been TOTALLY bonkers. Especially during the pandemic and so many therapists have a waitlist or are not available. We wanted to add more staff to our team (including interns) to help fill this gap and make therapy more accessible to everyone. 

Get Started!

 

If you are interested in working with Olivia, Melody or Mia or have questions feel free to contact info@lcatllc.com

Our interns’ professional fees start at $60/session and Olivia starts at $80/session.  They will be offering their services via both telehealth and in-person at our West Hartford office. 

Olivia is a permanent team member and Mia and Melody will see clients through May 2023 so feel free to sign up for an appointment! 

 

About Life Coaching and Therapy

Life Coaching and Therapy (LCAT) is a therapy and coaching practice that transforms our clients lives through our flexible. Multi-technique approach and pleasure-skills training provided by systematically-trained and licensed therapists!

Our team of compassionate, licensed therapists and certified sex therapists help all clients who visit us for a variety of personal, relationship, intimacy and sex problems.

LCAT provides on-site appointments, as well as video chat and text therapy programs.

Learn more about how LCAT can help improve your life at What We Do

 

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About Nicole Scrivano

Nicole is the director and a licensed therapist (LMFT) at LCAT. She has had working in this practice since 2017 when it became a group practice. Nicole loves this practice and what it means to be a therapist. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2013 with a Masters with a speciality in Marriage and Family Therapy.

 

Esther Perel

Esther Perel Discussion Group Joins Leveled Up Love for Relatefest

Esther Perel Discussion Group Joins Leveled Up Love for Relatefest

 

We are working together to create a new world where we have conscious & consensual relationships through the Esther Perel discussion group, Leveled Up Love, and Wedeepen. Coming together, these three communities created a weekend of workshops for people endlessly curious about relationships. 

Esther Perel 

Esther Perel

Esther perel shows us that there is a problem with the way we are doing relationships. Even some of my clients tell me that “Mating in Captivity” feels hopeless. I felt the same way when I was first introduced to it in 2013, so as a sex therapist and licensed marriage and family therapist, I went on a quest on how to create conscious and ideal relationships.

What I found through Francesca Gentille would change my life. What I honed in on through compassionate / nonviolent communication was pivotal. Taking the needs inventory and hearing the concise Tony Robbins version was also helpful. Knowing that certainty, Uncertainty, significance, communication, growth, and contribution. These needs actually were one of the first things I bonded with Shai Fishman about. 

Leveled Up Love

 

Shai Fishman and Lea Aeolli of Leveled Up Love are creating a new paradigm on relationship lifestyle choices. Going over what they have learned and spreading helpful information is something that the non monogamous world desperately needs. I am so proud they showed up and that I have had the honor of working alongside them. 

When I heard that Shai and Leah Marshall run another Facebook group for those who discuss Esther Perel, I knew this event would be of particular interest to me. 

Joining up with Christina Weber of Wedeepen synched it all together. Thanks Christina for leading my husband and I through a beautiful ecstatic dance morning. We felt so held by your leadership. 

At the relatefest event, we entered and created a container of the new paradigm. Creating relationships based on new principles will create a new world. My husband and I performed and did a tie along rope bondage demo to the audience. 

Esther PerelNew Paradigm Vision 

For example, when we say that no one is entitled in an adult relationship… that no one is entitled to time, money, partnered sex, or emotions – we begin to build a new world. We create a world that is unlike what Esther Perel warns of in Mating in Captivity. Creating a world where partners are not even entitled to hold space for one another, yet GET to listen to their partner because they want to create new levels of intimacy. That depth is one of the most important concepts that we continue to learn over and over as we are creating conscious relationships. 

Every interaction can become a conscious negotiation between functional adults. If you are able to give yourself space to be reactive with emotions, yet not entitled towards sharing those emotions in the heat of the moment with the person you feel emotional about, you are an empowered and functional, conscious adult. 

Esther Perel’s mission and the mission of our work is ongoing growth & consent on all levels. If we think about our emotions, they have powerful messages for the US. The reality is no one else has the right to our feelings – we share them with consent. When we do this, it begins to even out the playing field between all genders. 

If you curate your life to practice this, then you can call in others who are owning their emotions, owning their inner work, and in their healing process. Even when you feel lonely, we practice holding space for someone where we can model healthy and divine sacred relationships – both in darkness and light. 

Esther Perel

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About Life Coaching and Therapy

Life Coaching and Therapy (LCAT) is a therapy and coaching practice that transforms our clients lives through our flexible. Multi-technique approach and pleasure-skills training provided by systematically-trained and licensed therapists!

Get to know our founder and owner, Amanda Pasciucco, (a.k.a. The Sex Healer) a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). And an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (CST) that has developed innovative therapy programs and therapy videos that get results.

Our team of compassionate, licensed therapists and certified sex therapists help all clients who visit us for a variety of personal, relationship, intimacy and sex problems.

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Therapy in the Age of Covid-19

Therapy in the Age of Covid-19

 

Here at Life Coaching and Therapy, LLC (LCAT) we have practiced telemedicine to support emotional and relational healing . LCAT has utilized this non-traditional technique before the pandemic and were able to make the transition to predominately telemedicine seamlessly. 

Telemedicine (teletherapy or telehealth) is virtual therapy most commonly phone or video sessions (as this is what is currently covered by most insurances… especially during COVID). Texting therapy is another modality used but not covered in most insurance plans. 

 

Teletherapy in COVID-19

Covid has reshaped the world. There is a lot of suffering, a lot of fear, a lot of loss, and a lot of frustration. In addition to the challenging emotions in all of this, there have been changes in the way the healthcare field that have allowed for varying accessibility to support the safety and health of patients and their practitioners.

Many of my clients have had worries about telemedicine prior to COVID, but during this pandemic have begun utilizing and have found it to be better than they expected. Some cite it’s convenience while others identify it not “feeling much different.” 

As a therapist, I have enjoyed being able to be in people’s environments with them and utilize technology to intervene differently than I could in the past. In my opinion in some cases, it has made a cognitive shift to make those connections within their homes. In my practice, I have been able to utilize telemedicine to share screens, have clients sit in different rooms on different devices, show me their environments to come up with reasonable solutions, utilize EMDR, completing tasks together rather than making plans to do them, and workbooks. Clients have in many cases reported enjoying this more and finding it more effective. 

The ability to utilize these different interventions in technology have allowed for further connections between couples, families, and individuals. Challenging couples and families to have difficult conversations and face differing realities – allowing for an opportunity for relationships to find new strategies to meet the needs. Telehealth has allowed for closer connections to be fostered in all of the difficulty that is in our world right now. 

Sometimes that has allowed relationships to also see what is not possible and making conscious and intentional decisions to end the relationship (“conscious uncoupling”). This conscious decision allows for relationships to work amicably at collaborating to end a relationship. Telemedicine allows for these opportunities to work through this with more emotional safety and coaching around communication. 

 

Come to LCAT

Although telemedicine is not for everyone it can provide new opportunities for emotional and relational healing. Video, text, and phone therapy can be just what people may need if they are feeling stuck and have not found traditional models helpful. 

At LCAT each of our staff has been doing these modalities from the start. If you are interested in working on emotional healing through telehealth we are here for you, we take some insurances and offer sliding scales as well. Please check insurance plans to see what is covered under your plan. 

We are continuing to offer telehealth services to support the safety of our patients, staff, and community. Please contact us for more information!

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Life Coaching and Therapy (LCAT) is a relationship coaching and sex therapy practice that transforms our clients lives through our flexible, multi-technique approach and pleasure-skills training provided by systemically-trained and licensed therapists! 

Our team of compassionate, licensed therapists and certified sex therapists help Millennials and Baby Boomers alike who visit us for a variety of relationship, intimacy and sex problems. 

LCAT provides on-site appointments, as well as video chat and text therapy programs. For clients hoping to take their intimate lives to the next level through personalized coaching on YOUR terms, learn more about our Text Therapy Program.

Learn more about how LCAT can help improve your life at What We Do

Call or text us at 203-733-9600 or make an appointment.

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How is the pandemic affecting Veterans with PTSD and family members

How is the pandemic affecting Veterans with PTSD and family members

 

22+ Veterans Die Daily! (This was before COVID-19)!

Amanda Pasciucco, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in trauma, and her stepfather, Special Forces Veteran Chuck Eggen to discuss the weakness of the Veteran Health Care system.

In my experience, the VETERANS ADMINISTRATION is full of GREED and promotes a traumatic response outward to our heroes… our Veterans! The VA represents what happens when a system breakdowns… and those outward effects.

We have a generation of Veterans with PTSD.

Watch the broadcast to understand more about why we believe the VA is responsible for the lives of more than 22 Veterans a day!

The VETERANS ADMINISTRATION is about to kill MORE than 22 Veterans a day! The system is broken.

Unleashing this via Facebook Live this week, as it is MY duty because #familyfirst! I am a sex therapist, family therapist, and community care defender!

As a PTSD and systemic therapist, I have 10 years of experience with abusive system. #Veterans will die if the VA breaks their continued coverage of care.

They are NOT watching out for our vulnerable populations.

They are not watching out for providers and the community.

The VA passes off the handling of payments for MEDICAL and BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE.

PTSD therapists are available in the community!!! Let us see the Veterans.

Let Triwest continue to manage current provider payments in New England.

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Life Coaching and Therapy (LCAT) is a relationship coaching and sex therapy practice that transforms our clients lives through our flexible, multi-technique approach and pleasure-skills training provided by systemically-trained and licensed therapists! 

Our team of compassionate, licensed therapists and certified sex therapists help Millennials and Baby Boomers alike who visit us for a variety of relationship, intimacy and sex problems. 

LCAT provides on-site appointments, as well as video chat and text therapy programs. For clients hoping to take their intimate lives to the next level through personalized coaching on YOUR terms, learn more about our Text Therapy Program.

Learn more about how LCAT can help improve your life at What We Do

Call or text us at 203-733-9600 or make an appointment.

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3 PRUDENT STEPS TO SOCIAL DISTANCING

3 PRUDENT STEPS TO SOCIAL DISTANCING

[during the COVID-19 Pandemic]

 

We are facing hard times and we have been asked to take refuge within our homes, distancing ourselves socially to prevent more possible contagions in this COVID-19 pandemic.

So, in this video I explain 3 prudent steps for social distancing to cope with this quarantine in the best possible way.

Amanda Pasciucco, an AASECT certified sex therapist and owner of Life Coaching and Therapy, shares her tips to success! Watch now! Amanda has been featured multiple times on CNN, PornHub, Men’s Health, Hartford Courant, Playboy, Maxim, Daily Mail, HeadSpace, and more!

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Life Coaching and Therapy (LCAT) is a relationship coaching and sex therapy practice that transforms our clients lives through our flexible, multi-technique approach and pleasure-skills training provided by systemically-trained and licensed therapists! 

Our team of compassionate, licensed therapists and certified sex therapists help Millennials and Baby Boomers alike who visit us for a variety of relationship, intimacy and sex problems. 

LCAT provides on-site appointments, as well as video chat and text therapy programs. For clients hoping to take their intimate lives to the next level through personalized coaching on YOUR terms, learn more about our Text Therapy Program.

Learn more about how LCAT can help improve your life at What We Do

Call or text us at 203-733-9600 or make an appointment.

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Coronavirus and Text Therapy

Coronavirus and Text Therapy

 

Whatever you do, don’t panic. That was easy to say when Coronavirus was a problem other countries far away were dealing with, but it’s still true even today. Now that major sporting events are canceled and celebrities are posting that they’ve contracted the virus, everyone’s scratching their head about how concerned we should all be.

We’ve received a lot of inquiries about how the Coronavirus outbreak is going to affect counseling sessions and the way we interact with our clients. For sure, the response to the pandemic is going to alter all of us in the coming months.

CoronavirusWhat we do now to prepare will help us manage any turbulence ahead. How we manage our jobs, whether we can manage text therapy with our counselors, and maintain relationships with so much stress will be a challenge. As always, having a plan will help build certainty when it’s so hard to find in other places.

 

Relinquish Control of What You Cannot Change

This mantra has applications in responding to a Coronavirus outbreak and life in general. So many of us, clients and even therapists struggle to accept that change is part of being human.

We all can plan for something for years, however, when something crazy happens it’s rarely what we imagined. This is a great example right now. If you’d asked people a month ago what would send people running to the grocery store to stock up on toilet paper, they may have said something like a terrorist attack or some type of armed conflict. There was nothing like a pandemic on the horizon.

Coronavirus

Change happens fast, with medical issues, relationships, self-development, and many other areas of our lives. The sooner we accept that the less of a rippling effect change will have on us.

 

Build Contingency Plans for a Coronavirus Outbreak

Freezing economic and social activity is a massive challenge. If you think about it, we all have different tolerances for what’s acceptable. You might be ok with spending a week staying at home with your kids out of school trying to get some work done. But what about a month or three months? What if this thing is still going after six months?

Coronavirus

At some point, there’s only so much we can take. Maybe after struggling through some conference calls with kids screaming in the background, you’re willing to take your chances on the subway again. That’s obviously a joke, but the point is that perspective matters.

With so much out of our control, we have to try and control what we can. Creating a contingency plan for how you’re going to manage life in a new environment like the one Coronavirus is currently imposing on us is a good start.

List out the things you do regularly. What are you doing in person that can be done virtually? What are the “optional” activities that you participate in that can be postponed? If you can’t go in person, is meeting remotely even an option?

Getting a grip on what’s a “must” and what are the “maybes” will help you manage the chaos if it deepens.

 

Prepare What You Can

Ask your therapist if they offer remote therapy sessions. A lot of practices give video therapy sessions that provide a good alternative when meeting physically isn’t feasible.

We, and some other therapists, also give clients the option to practice what’s called text therapy. With text therapy, you get to engage with your therapist is a more casual form via text message. Conversations, due to the time it takes to type, aren’t as long or as in-depth, but there are some definite benefits.

Here are some of the positives of text therapy:

Text When You’re in the Moment:

How many times have you thought something or come across a situation and thought, “Ooh, I need to talk about this with my therapist!”, only to forget what happened because your next appointment is a week away?

With text therapy, you can shoot a message to your therapist in real-time. You can list your emotions, what triggered the scenario, and reflect on how things went after the fact. Your therapist will see you as you’re raw in the situation. Some great breakthroughs can emerge as a result.

 

Group Chats are Easy on Schedules:

It’s hard, especially when you’re in therapy with a spouse or partner, to get everyone’s schedules aligned. Text therapy is a great alternative because you all can engage and respond when you’re free. There’s always a written record of the conversation to go back over if you’re in the middle of something. There isn’t anymore, “Do you remember when you said…?”

 

Therapy from a Distance:

You don’t need to be in the same room with your therapist. Even if you aren’t locked in your room waiting for Coronavirus to recede, you can get help and talk things over. You might be on a business trip or a vacation and need to run something by your therapist. It’s a great way to keep a constant flow of communication.

 

Give Text Therapy a Dry Run

There’s no harm giving text therapy a dry run to see if it’s for you before something like social distancing is encouraged or even mandated. Ask your therapist if you can give it a try and see how you feel and respond to the new way of communicating.

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A lot of people are surprised to find that they’re more introspective when they have to type down their feelings. When we’re in person, there’s a beauty to the free flow of words streaming from our subconscious. However, having to take the time to write down our thoughts can also be beneficial because it captures how we truly feel.

We should all be grateful that technology has come so far in recent years to give us the option to work from home, find out what’s happening quickly, and even text with our therapists if necessary. Generations ago, who knows what kind of impact the Coronavirus outbreak would have had when staying home for weeks wasn’t an option for so many people.

Text therapy is a fantastic tool that can help you get the counseling and encouragement you need even when life throws a major curveball that’s out of your control.

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Our team of compassionate, licensed therapists and certified sex therapists help Millennials and Baby Boomers alike who visit us for a variety of relationship, intimacy and sex problems. 

LCAT provides on-site appointments, as well as video chat and text therapy programs. For clients hoping to take their intimate lives to the next level through personalized coaching on YOUR terms, learn more about our Text Therapy Program.

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Behavioral Telehealth

Behavioral Telehealth

I was so excited to see this article below on the future of therapy in MedCityNews.com. We have already been offering secure video chat and text therapy for several months. Online therapy is great for patients who need convenient and intensive therapy options. Additionally, patients can quickly reference discussions since the the conversations are recorded. Millennials, who do everything on their phones, really like the idea of telehealth.

Telehealth’s emergence as the initial gateway into behavioral health services

By LINDSAY HENDERSON

While in-person visits with mental health providers won’t go away anytime soon, behavioral telehealth is expected to surge. This is due to younger patients seeking convenient ways to engage with a provider to address mental health problems.

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The escalating shortage of behavioral health providers couldn’t have come at a worse time especially for millennials.

Rates of major depression rates soared 31 percent among millennials from 2014 to 2017, according to The Health of Millennials report, also noted increases in substance-use disorders among millennials.

There is a silver lining to the mental health provider shortage, which could positively impact millennials and future healthcare delivery. More patients in the 35-and-under demographic are now using telehealth — or interested in using telehealth — to meet their behavioral health needs.

Forty percent of individuals born between 1981 and 1996 who answered a recent survey said they would regularly use telehealth for behavioral health management. This is higher than any other demographic. Also, millennials are nearly three times as likely to have had a video visit with a doctor compared with other demographics.

If this trend continues, telehealth’s role as a gateway into behavioral health therapy will only deepen. This suggests that there may come a day when the majority of behavioral health encounters are over a virtual connection.

Life Coaching and Therapy (LCAT) is a relationship coaching and sex therapy practice that transforms our clients lives through our flexible, multi-technique approach and pleasure-skills training provided by systemically-trained and licensed therapists! 

Our team of compassionate, licensed therapists and certified sex therapists help Millennials and Baby Boomers alike who visit us for a variety of relationship, intimacy and sex problems. 

LCAT provides on-site appointments, as well as video chat and text therapy programs. For clients hoping to take their intimate lives to the next level through personalized coaching on YOUR terms, learn more about our Text Therapy Program.

Learn more about how LCAT can help improve your life at What We Do

Call or text us at 203-733-9600 or make an appointment.

 

 

 

 

Break Up With Someone During The Holidays

How To Break Up With Someone During The Holidays, According To Experts

How To Break Up With Someone During The Holidays, According To Experts

 

By CAROLYN STEBER from bustle.com

While it’s never easy to end a relationship, it can be particularly difficult to break up with someone during the holidays. It’s only natural to think you’ll celebrate with your partner, give gifts, visit family, and spend the season side by side. So the idea of pulling the plug on all that, right when expectations are high, can be tricky.

And yet sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. If a relationship isn’t working, it’s OK to end it even though the holidays are right around the corner. It can even be kind, in a way, not to lead a partner on through the festivities, only to break up them in the new year. Instead, focus on ways to make the break up less terrible, find the right time, and then do it.

Following the time-tested bandage method, where you rip it off (or end the relationship) quickly, is usually the least painful option. “If you’re going to break up with someone, be direct about it,” Jonathan Bennett, a relationship and dating expert at Double Trust Dating, tells Bustle. “The holidays are stressful enough and your partner doesn’t need the extra drama of ghosting, slow fading, or anything else except a clean breakup.”

It may be tempting to ignore texts or bail on holiday parties as a way of slowly stepping out of a relationship, but being straightforward is best. And don’t wait until the last minute, either. “The longer you wait to end it, the more you’ll disrupt everyone’s holiday schedule,” Bennett says. It’s going to throw your partner through a loop, but even more so if they don’t have time to make other plans.

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Depending on the length and intensity of your relationship, the breakup could be as easy as that. But if you’ve been committed for years, be prepared to do more work. “We get into relationships with respect and love,” Amanda Pasciucco, LMFT, a licensed marriage and family therapist, tells Bustle. “We ought to end them with respect and love towards the partner we say we have loved.”

This might mean going to couples therapy before calling things off. “Send an email, handwrite a letter, or have a face-to-face conversation (or multiple conversations) stating you are not happy and that you want to see a therapist before immediately breaking up with someone,” Pasciucco says. On the one hand, you may begin to overcome your differences. Or, it could be the last olive branch you need to extend before officially parting ways.

From there, end the relationship as you would any other time of year. “Be honest. Own your part. Stay respectful […] Treat them the way you would like to be treated,” Christine Scott-Hudson, MA, MFT, ATR, a licensed psychotherapist, tells Bustle. “And finally, apologize for anything you may have said or done that was hurtful. And tell them they are lovable and deserving of a healthy relationship in the future.”

Once you’ve broken up try to take good care of yourself, especially as you head out to gatherings and dinners. “It is difficult to breakup before the holidays because of shame, fear […] and what others will think of you both,” Pasciucco says. You might not want to face your family or have to explain why your partner isn’t present, but keep in mind why it needed to end and don’t let anyone make you feel bad about the timing.

“Breaking up is always difficult and there is no good time to do it,” Bennett says. “If the relationship is truly over, then you don’t have to feel guilty ending it over the holidays.” Instead, rest assured you ended well, and try to move on from there.

Experts:

Jonathan Bennett, a relationship and dating expert at Double Trust Dating

Amanda Pasciucco, LMFT, a licensed marriage and family therapist

Christine Scott-Hudson, MA, MFT, ATR, a licensed psychotherapist

 You can get more free content on relationship and sex tips by checking out my Youtube Channel – The Sex Healer.

  If you know someone that would benefit from this information, feel free to share it.

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Life Coaching and Therapy (LCAT) is a relationship coaching and sex therapy practice that transforms our clients lives through our flexible, multi-technique approach and pleasure-skills training provided by systemically-trained and licensed therapists!

 Our team of compassionate, licensed therapists and certified sex therapists help Millennials and Baby Boomers alike who visit us for a variety of relationship, intimacy and sex problems.

 LCAT provides on-site appointments, as well as video chat and text therapy programs. For clients hoping to take their intimate lives to the next level through personalized coaching on YOUR terms, learn more about our Text Therapy Program.

 Learn more about how LCAT can help improve your life at What We Do.

 Call or text us at 203-733-9600 or make an appointment.