Sex Therapists In NYC
Find the best sex therapists in Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York. The following therapists and psychologists are specialists in sex therapy, which is a type of talk therapy devoted to supporting individuals and couples around sex and sexual satisfaction. Sex therapists are trained to treat a variety of concerns, including lack of sexual desire, sexual fears, problems with intimacy, sexual functioning, and issues related to gender identity or sexual orientation. Sex therapists use a mix of approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based practices, and will often assign “homework” to encourage clients to practice new behaviors between sessions.
Because sex therapy requires specialized training, it can be difficult to find sex therapists in NYC who are in-network with health insurances. Most sex therapists in NYC charge between $150 - $300+ per session if you’re paying out-of-pocket. Therapists who do accept insurances such as Cigna and Blue Cross Blue Shield may have waitlists and fewer available open hours.
Therapy sessions with a sex therapist are usually 45 minutes - 1 hour or longer. It’s also helpful to note that sex therapy isn’t just for couples – you aren’t expected to be in a relationship to see a sex therapist, nor attend sessions with your partner(s) if you are.
Find vetted sex therapists below. Click on any therapist to watch an introductory video and book a free initial call to find a great fit! To expand your search, add fee ranges you can afford under ‘Payment options’ and try including ‘Online video sessions’ under ‘Locations’ too.
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How to find a sex therapist in New York City
How much do sex therapists charge for therapy in NYC?
Sex therapists in NYC charge between $125 - $250+ per session if you’re paying out-of-pocket.
You may be charged an additional amount (either out-of-pocket or a copayment) for medication, if prescribed for a medical issue related to your sexual concerns.
Does health insurance cover sex therapy sessions in NYC?
While it is more common to pay out-of-pocket, some sex therapists in NYC are in-network under insurance panels such as Blue Cross Blue Shield and Cigna. However, these therapists may have longer waitlists or fewer available open hours.
Other sex therapists may be able to help you manage your out-of-network benefits, which means that your insurance company reimburses a portion of each session’s cost (whether this is an option depends on your particular plan and insurance).
What should I look for in a sex therapist in NYC?
While therapists can differ in their approaches to treating sexual issues, all sex therapists should have training and experience specifically in sex therapy, which you can find by looking into the therapist’s background, education, and specialties. Some providers, for example, are certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), which means that they’ve had specialized training, fulfilled academic and licensure requirements, and are required to receive ongoing education in the best practices of treating sex therapy.
Additionally, it’s important to find a sex therapist who is right for you and one you feel confident speaking with, especially since many topics in sex therapy may feel uncomfortable. (Learn more about what to look for in a sex therapist here.)
What types of challenges can sex therapists help with?
Sex therapists can help individuals and couples with a wide variety of concerns related to sex and sexual satisfaction. Some common issues include relationship challenges, lack of sexual desire, problems with intimacy, sexual functioning, erectile dysfunction, issues related to gender identity or sexual orientation, and sexual discrepancies between you and your partner. Regardless of your presenting concern, sex therapy is a great way to prioritize your sexual health and well-being.
What other sex therapy resources are there in NYC?
Outside of individual therapy sessions, NYC has various resources for sex therapy. The American Association of Sexuality Educators and The Center for Sexual Pleasure & Health are two well-known sex therapy institutes in NYC that offer education and work to advance the field of sexuality.