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Podcast: Let’s Talk About Sex Therapy

Sex therapy. The very term is one that produces a flush of embarrassment in many people and is also prone to being misunderstood. But sex therapy is like most other psychotherapy, focusing on how to fix your issues. In this episode, our guest sex therapist talks about what his work consists of, dispelling a few of the misconceptions. He talks about the three main hallmarks of arousal, discusses common problems, such as erectile dysfunction and partners with extremely different libidos, and introduces practices such as “simmering” and “lazy sex.” He also offers some thoughts on polyamory, including the main factors leading to it failing.

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Sex Therapy Show Highlights:

“There’s really only one reason a man needs to have an erection, and that’s so he doesn’t have to worry about whether he’s going to get an erection.” ~ Dr. Stephen Snyder

[3:26]   The 3 main hallmarks of arousal

[5:18]   Why do we have trouble discussing sex with our partners?

[6:40]   What’s the deal with polyamory?

[9:48]   What is “simmering”?

[18:38] What is “lazy sex”?

[19:10] What to do about erectile dysfunction.

[24:10] What to do when you and your partner have vastly different sex drives.



About Our Guest

Stephen Snyder, M.D. is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai, a sex therapist in full-time private practice in New York City, and one of America’s most trusted authorities on sex and relationships.

Dr. Snyder’s articles on sex and relationships have gained over a million views online. He is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and PsychologyToday, and a frequent guest on major media outlets.

Love Worth Making is Dr. Snyder’s first book—drawing from his over thirty years’ experience helping over 1,500 individuals and couples find greater fulfillment in sex and relationships.


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Podcast: Let’s Talk About Sex Therapy

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Central Podcast, T. (2018). Podcast: Let’s Talk About Sex Therapy. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 28, 2020, from
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Last updated: 11 Jul 2018 (Originally: 12 Jul 2018)
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