What is sex therapy?
Sex therapy is a form of talk therapy designed to focus on issues related to sexuality, sexual identity, and a person’s sex life. Sessions do not involve any type of sexual activity or nudity. However, we will discuss the obstacles you experience that make it challenging to have a satisfying sex life as well as basic tools and knowledge areas designed to help you reach your goals.
What is my first session like?
Your first session will include an initial discussion about the challenges you are facing as well as information about your relationship history, family origin, sexual history, instances of trauma, work history, religious/spiritual beliefs, cultural background, and general health. Other points may also be discussed based on the reasons behind your decision to schedule an appointment. Once the initial information is gathered, we will discuss your treatment goals and a tentative plan for addressing your concerns, such as the recommended number of sessions.
Fees and cancellation policy
50 min specialty therapy session $250
Payment Methods: Cash. All major U.S credit cards. Unless different arrangements have been made, payment is due at the beginning of each session.
No Shows / Cancellations Policy
Our time, like yours, is valuable and we require a minimum of two business days notice to cancel or reschedule an appointment. If this requirement is not met, you will be charged your full appointment fee. You may cancel your appointment via text, email, or phone call.
Do you accept insurance?
Yes, we accept HMSA (PPO, HMO, QUEST, AKAMAI), Blue Cross, Blue Shields, HMAA, and UHA. Some of our providers accept Kaiser, but not all. Please check your coverage with your insurance company before your appointment. Please note that it is your responsibility to be aware of your benefits, including your co-payment, deductible, or if a pre-authorization is required. Fees for service, or any changes not covered by your insurance plan are your responsibility.
If you are not enrolled in the aforementioned insurance companies, we would classify as an out-of-network provider, and you may be able to file for reimbursement based on the out-of-network provider procedures outlined by your health insurance provider. In most cases, health insurance plans do not cover couples counseling. However, coverage may be available if the sessions are designed to address a medical diagnosis that impacts you both.
What’s the next step?
If you are interested in scheduling a session, please call 808-500-5700 or request an appointment here.
What happens if I miss an appointment?
Just as your time is valuable, so is ours. We require a minimum of two business days notice to reschedule or cancel an appointment, and Monday appointments must be changed no later than the Thursday before the scheduled appointment time.
If the request to change or cancel your appointment is not submitted in time, or you fail to make your scheduled appointment, you will be charged the full fee for the appointment. You may change your appointment over the phone or email.
How often will I meet with my therapist?
We recommend treatment schedules to include weekly appointments. We have found this allows problems to be resolved more easily, allowing you to experience the benefits more quickly.
In some cases, appointments scheduled every other week can also be effective, especially if you are committed to facilitating change between sessions. As you progress through therapy, you and your therapist can discuss changes to the original schedule as appropriate.
What about confidentiality?
Confidentiality is a priority in any form of therapy, including the services you receive here. Any information that you disclose to us will remain confidential, except as stated in the disclosure statement provided. In an additional effort to maintain your privacy, if we cross paths in a public setting, we will not acknowledge you in any way unless you choose to acknowledge us first.
What does AASECT mean? Why is that important?
The certification demonstrates advanced training in human sexuality and sexual health. The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) requires more than 150 hours of approved curriculum be completed as well as 50 hours of supervision and hundreds of hours of verifiable clinical experience before a certification will be granted.
I can talk to my friends. Why would I want to see a therapist?
While friends play a critical role in our lives and support systems, they often cannot be fully objective. Additionally, they may not have the experience and training required to help you move forward towards your goals. Working with a therapist allows you to benefit from our education and insights and ensures you are working with someone focused on helping you achieve the life you desire.
How long does therapy usually last?
Every client has different needs and goals, so there is no standard regarding how long therapy will last. In cases where a person is focused on a singular question or major decision, only a few sessions may be required. Others are concerned with longstanding issues that take time to address, leading them to remain in therapy for years. However, most clients can accomplish their goals after three to six months of treatment, often resulting in approximately 12 to 16 total sessions during that time.
My partner and I are having problems. Should we come in for individual counseling or as a couple?
If you both are interested in therapy to help resolve concerns regarding your relationship, then initially coming in as a couple can help us all work together towards common goals. Once those sessions are complete, if one member of the couple wishes to continue with individual sessions, we will discuss this possibility further.
Do you use surrogates?
No. As a form of psychotherapy, sex therapy services available through our office will never include any sexual activities or contact, or nudity.