What can I expect in sex therapy?
Typically, sex therapy begins with you describing your specific sexual concerns. We will take into consideration your attitude and values about sexuality, determine the best approach to resolve issues, and discuss methods to implement change. I often recommend exercises to complete at home. Sex therapy is typically short term and many concerns can be addressed in just a few visits.
What if I am not comfortable talking about sex?
It is very common for people to feel embarrassed or uncomfortable when discussing sex. While talking about sex and intimacy may initially feel awkward, I provide a non-judgmental environment and I am trained at putting you at ease. With repeated exposure to sexual issues, you will typically become more comfortable and able to freely discuss any aspect of your sexual experience.
Who engages in sex therapy?
Sex therapy can be effective for individuals of any age, sex, or sexual orientation. Through sex therapy, you can address concerns about sexual function, sexual feelings and intimacy, either in individual therapy or joint therapy with your partner.
Could my sexual dysfunction be related to an underlying health issue?
I often recommend that a client undergo a complete physical examination by a doctor to rule out any contributing health issues to the sexual dysfunction. It is important to note that common diseases (hypertension, diabetes, depression, etc.) can interfere with sexual functioning. I often work in conjunction with doctors to address the medical and psychological aspects of the sexual issue at the same time.
Do you accept insurance?
No. Sexual issues are typically not reimbursed by the insurance companies and I do not provide the paperwork that they require to process a claim.
How much does it cost?
Initial appointments are $150 and typically last an hour and a half. Follow up sessions are $130 per hour. I accept cash or checks made out to “Austin Siegel, MA, LPC”; I also accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. Payment is due at the beginning of each session.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you do not show up for your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified me at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of your scheduled session. It is your responsibility to keep your appointment. I do not send appointment reminders.
Are you a surrogate?
No. I am not a surrogate partner therapist.
Is there any type of sexual contact involved during therapy?
No. Sex therapists do not have sexual contact with clients, in the office or anywhere else. There is no sexual touching whatsoever in my practice – I engage only in talk psychotherapy.