Clinical Psychologist with specialty in sexuality
Feeling unsure of who to turn to for help? Seek the help of a professional clinical psychologist with a specialty in sexuality.
What is a clinical psychologist with a specialty in sexuality?
A Clinical Psychologist with a specialty in sexuality is a professional who specializes in the treatment of sexual dysfunction, such as low libido, a lack of sexual confidence, assisting people who are recovering from sexual assault, as well as problems commonly caused by stress, tiredness, and other environmental and relationship factors. A Clinical Psychologist with a specialty in sexuality assist people experiencing such problems, and through a variety of approaches, help them regain an active and healthy sex life.
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DR. LAURIE BETITO, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with a specialty in sexuality, and has been a practicing psychotherapist for close to 30 years. For the last 20 years she has been doing radio and television, dispensing sex and relationship advice. She is a regular contributor to various magazines, newspapers and television shows. She is presently heard nightly in Montreal on CJAD 800—her show Passion has been on the air for over 17 years and has always been number one in its time slot.
Dr. Laurie is also President of the Sexual Health Network of Quebec (formerly Planned Parenthood), and past president of the Canadian Sex Research Forum.
Affiliations and Memberships:
- Federation of Psychologists
- Order of Quebec Psychologists
- Canadian Sex Research Forum
- Sexual Health Network of Quebec (President)
Frequently Asked Questions
What does a Clinical Psychologist with a specialty in sexuality do?
Many people have a misconception of what goes on in a sex therapist’s office. When I tell people that I am a sex therapist, they usually giggle nervously because they imagine me literally “teaching” patients how to have sex, in a large bed. In reality, I see patients for a wide variety of problems, often not sexual as the root cause, but rather the manifestation or symptom. Conditions that one would consult a sex therapist for could include: premature ejaculation, erectile difficulties, low sexual desire, painful intercourse, sexual and gender orientation issues, and sexual trauma. As a psychologist, I also see clients seeking help for their relationships. The most common issues are communication difficulties, infidelity, desire discrepancies and sexual incompatibility.
Are most sexual problems curable?
Absolutely! With the right therapeutic approach, motivation, patience and commitment, a sexual problem can be overcome. Please note that in some cases there is a medical basis for the problem, and sometimes medical attention is also required.
I would be very embarrassed to discuss a sexual problem with a complete stranger. Is that common?
Very common. A Clinical Psychologist with a specialty in sexuality is trained to help you, not to judge you. Besides, there is nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about. A sexual problem should be no more embarrassing than a broken arm. Our minds and bodies are fragile, and there’s nothing wrong with requiring a little extra care.
If a couple has a problem, do they both have to go for therapy?
It is preferable, but not imperative, especially if your partner is resistant. It is better that you come alone, than not come at all. When it comes to couple issues, the ostrich in the sand approach never works.
How long does therapy last?
It all depends on how long the problem has been there, on whether the problem is medical or psychological, how motivated the client is, and how committed they are to doing the exercises prescribed by the therapist.
Can a Clinical Psychologist with a specialty in sexuality prescribe medication, such as something for erectile dysfunction?
No, a Clinical Psychologist with a specialty in sexuality is not a medical doctor, and therefore cannot prescribe any drugs. The therapist can, however, assess the condition and communicate with the client’s medical doctor, and make recommendations.
Is the general public well informed about subjects that are sexual in nature?
Unfortunately, sex is still very much taboo in many households. Unless people get the facts, they are going to be somewhat uninformed, through no fault of their own. It is important to get all the facts so that we can make intelligent decisions. Likewise, to raise aware and responsible children, we must present them with accurate and honest information, so that they can make better choices.
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