chapter  13
37 Pages

Sexual Disorders and Sex Therapy

WithJoan D. Atwood

The demand for treatment for sexual problems has increased in the past three decades. This is in large part due to increased public knowledge that effective treatments are available and the growing recognition that these problems are comparable to other behavioral diffi culties and therefore often respond to behavioral treatment (Hawton, 1983). There is also increased awareness within the fi elds of couple and family therapy, social work, and clinical psychology that sex therapy should be a primary part of training in these areas. Thus, professionals in these disciplines are now more likely to ask couples about the sexual aspects of their relationship. As De Silva (1992) points out, training in sex therapy need not be an elective specialization; rather, it should be an essential component of the training of every practitioner.