If you are experiencing pain when having or attempting to have intercourse, you are certainly not alone. According to an article published in Harvard Health, “Millions of women experience pain before, during or after sexual intercourse. Many women suffer in silence and don’t seek the help they need, or they have trouble finding a clinician who…

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Sex is a taboo subject.  I know, believe me. We have been taught by parents, teachers, society, and other authorities that it’s so wrong, bad, dirty, disgusting and that it ought not be talked about aloud. Oh…and by the way, you should also be amazing at it, men know exactly what women want without any…

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…different types of painful intercourse, but most importantly with each of these types of pain, relaxation, mindfulness, and more playfulness are key.

Kimberly Atwood is a licensed psychotherapist and certified sex therapist specializing in women’s sexual health, intimacy and relationship issues. She works in private practice in Princeton, NJ and provides online therapy with clients across the country (IN, MA, NJ, NY, PA). For more information, please check out her website.

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Pain or discomfort during intercourse may be diagnosed as dyspareunia, vaginismus or vulvadinia in women.

Kimberly Atwood is a licensed psychotherapist and certified sex therapist specializing in sexual health, intimacy and relationship issues. She works in private practice in Princeton, NJ and provides online therapy with clients across the country (IN, MA, NJ, NY, PA). For more information, please check out her website.

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The last few things I’ll add about self-care… As we’ve been exploring, self-care isn’t just about a bubble bath and exercise.  Think outside the box and find new ways to rejuvenate your energetic supply.  There isn’t a prescription and it will evolve for you over time.  Sometimes we may need a lot more or different…

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1. Accessibility There just are not a lot of trained, experienced and certified sex therapists available.  In rural areas there aren’t even many general therapists available.  Even when there are skilled and trained therapists available, there isn’t enough anonymity for people to comfortably go to a therapist’s office in a small town because everyone will know you’re…

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When I first started offering online services to clients, it was out of necessity.  Initially, I admit that I was skeptical about the effectiveness of e-therapy and my ability to connect to clients in the same way I do in person.  However, I have been pleasantly surprised by the many advantages online therapy provides clients,…

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What makes a certified sex therapist different than any other kind of therapist? It really comes down to an acknowledgment of the importance of sex in our lives and relationships, the ability to talk about sex in sessions, and continued education. Sex therapists make clients feel at ease when sharing concerns they have around sexual…

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