Sexology is the scientific study of human sexuality.
A clinical sexologist is a trained professional who specialises in human sexuality and helps navigate people through areas in which they may find themselves stuck, confused, needing more information, or desiring to improve their sexual and relational wellbing.
Clinical sexology or sex therapy is a branch of psychotherapy and involves providing counselling to the client.
Why do people see a sexologist?
People see a clinical sexologist for various reasons. Some of these reasons are:
Wanting to improve their romantic or sexual relationships
Having questions about their gender or sexual identity
Partners who are experiencing different levels of desire
Unfulfilling sex life
Wanting to understand and explore different sexual behaviours
Unwanted sexual behaviour (eg. porn use or masturbation which has impacted one's functioning)
Wanting to know if their sexual desire/fantasy/ behaviour is normal
As sex therapy is a form of psychotherapy, it only involves talking. There are no physical examinations, no nudity and no physical touch involved in sex therapy.
Generally, in the first session the therapist will listen to the concerns that have brought the client to seek help. Most of us have grown up in environments where either talking about sex is taboo or we haven't been taught a language to talk about our sexual and erotic wishes. A sexologist feels comfortable talking about sex and can provide a safe environment for the client to talk about what is important for them.
In the first couple of sessions the sexologist will ask you specific questions about your current and past sexual and romantic experiences to help you develop a road map to recovery and reaching your goal.
In working with couples or people in a polyamorous relationship the therapist will offer each individual time to talk with them separately and listen to their concerns individually. All this information is kept confidential and not discussed with the partner(s).
In the consecutive sessions the therapist will work with the client/s to better understand themselves, may offer information or suggestions to help the person/s reach their goal.