Sex Therapy

Sex Therapy

The quality of your sexual relationship with your partner can be either the source of great joy, satisfaction and closeness or frustration, disappointment and dissatisfaction. This may be the result of differences in sexual desire, or the related to unresolved injuries in the relationship caused by conflict, feeling distant or loss of trust. We have found that the most effective way to improve sexual intimacy is by helping you enhance your emotional connection and improving sexual communication.

Our team of therapists can help you address issues ranging from decreased libido and inhibitions about sexuality to sexual addiction, pornography and infidelity in a safe and supportive environment.

When a person discovers their spouse engaging in sexual and/or intimate  behaviors outside their relationship it is often a source of conflict, pain and disconnection in their relationship. In fact, it is referred to as a betrayal trauma, due to the betrayal of trust and commitment. 

Examples of this kind of behavior might be: 

  • sexual acts with another person
  • sexting
  • viewing pornography
  • massage parlors
  • having deeply personal conversations
  • developing an emotional relationship with someone in a way that competes with or threatens the relationship

At Arizona Connection Counseling we help partners to deal with the overwhelming and devastating impact that such a discovery can have. We help you navigate how to move forward  by helping make sense of what has happened and supporting you as you heal. We work with individuals and couples to address these behaviors, to restore trust and to heal as a couple. We find the best results when we utilize a combination of both couple’s and individual therapy. 

Therapists that provide individual or couples sex therapy:

Therapists that provide individual or couples sex therapy:

Eating Disorders - It's Not About the Food

By Kelly Lopez

If it’s not about the food, what is it really about?

The eating disorder serves a function, it does a job. Despite the problems an eating disorder creates, it is an effort to cope, shield against, communicate, and solve problems. Behaviors may be a way to establish a sense of power or control, self-worth, strength, and containment. Bringing may be used to numb pain. Purging may be a way to release emotions. When one cannot cope in healthy ways, adaptive functions (behaviors) are created to ensure a sense of safety, security, and control.
According to Carolyn Costin*, some of the “adaptive functions that eating disorder behaviors commonly serve are”:
It’s not about the food, it’s a way of coping with low self-esteem, negative emotions, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, unstable home, difficulty resolving conflict and much more.
*Costin, Carolyn. The Eating Disorder Sourcebook: A Comprehensive Guide to the Causes, Treatments and Prevention of Eating Disorders. 3rd. edition, McGraw Hill, 2007.
Fuller, Kristen. “Eating Disorders: It’s Not All about Food.” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, 22 Mar. 2017