Sex Therapy

Many people experience sex-related issues over the course of their lives. Sex therapy can help. It’s a type of talk therapy that can assist you in resolving problems and experiencing a more fulfilling sex life.

As a Certified Sex Therapist, I specialize in a range of issues, including:

  • Concerns about sexual functioning
  • Low sexual desire or mismatched desire in relationships
  • Inability or difficulty achieving orgasm
  • Problems with sexual pain
  • Issues related to sexual orientation
  • Issues related to gender identity
  • Sexual trauma
  • Asexuality exploration
  • Enhancing your sexual experience

My clients have told me that sex therapy has helped them feel more positive and joyful about their sexuality, and has enhanced the eroticism and playfulness in their sexual connections.

What happens in sex therapy?

Whether you’re an individual or couple, I’ll help you explore sexual issues, provide information, and suggest strategies. I’ll guide you in finding solutions so that your sex life and relationships are more satisfying.

It’s my job to help you feel comfortable, safe, and respected while exploring these issues. There are no exams, no nudity, and no sexual touching in the therapy room.

I may recommend books or videos. I’ll sometimes assign home exercises to help you work on issues outside of the therapy room. If you’re having a medical problem, I can recommend and collaborate with physicians, nurse practitioners, and physical therapists who specialize in sexual issues, gynecology, and urology.

If you’re a couple, sex may be inextricably tangled with other aspects your relationship. I can help you balance sexual and relational needs. You may choose to work on other relationship issues in addition to working on sexual issues–or you may choose to focus only on improving your sexual relationship.

I work with LGBTQIA+ and heterosexual clients who are single or who have monogamous, open, or consensually non-monogamous relationships, and I am kink-affirmative.

Lisa Smith Psychotherapy, 202.540.8244,, 1801 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20009 (Dupont Circle Metro)