Talk Therapy with Amy
Certified Sex Therapist
Imago Relationship Therapist (currently under supervision)
Certified EMDR Therapist
Supervisor-in-Training, AASECT Certification
What exactly is sex therapy?
I am a mental health clinician, licensed in Pennsylvania to provide psychological therapy services in accordance with government and professional guidelines.
Basically, we talk. But here, we talk about the stuff most people don't talk about. Reading, daily exercises, and dialoguing with your partner are examples of common "homework" assignments. In session, we work on a new way to understand your capital 'S' Self-- a way that helps you move toward to the life you truly want.
And what's EMDR?
Stands for "Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing." There is lots to say about EMDR, but let me say how I use it.
I rely on EMDR when somebody runs into a barrier like, "I *know* I shouldn't feel/do/react this way-- it doesn't make any sense!-- but I still feel/do/react (something hard and uncomfortable and frustrating)."
In a few sessions, EMDR reorganizes how the brain responds to triggering stimuli using dual attention stimulus cycles, like a fast metronome or alternating quick taps on the backs of one's hands, in the context of a specific protocol. It sounds a little kooky but works nonetheless.
How long with this process take?
Depends on what "success" means to you, depends on how long the issue has been around, depends on how complex the healing opportunity is... depends on alot of things.
Some folks see therapy as guidance from point a to point b; some see therapy as coaching or mentorship, a way to seek guidance ongoingly and/or episodically when life lets you know it's time for a change.
I ask that clients agree to a 10 session minimum. This gives us time to understand the issue, gain new skills to deal with it, practice this skill, figure out why it's hard to implement (of course it's hard! that's why you're in therapy!) and then move forward again with a greater understanding about the issue.
What does sex therapy cost?
I am an out-of-network provider. I have so many reasons for this and my colleagues at https://www.pivotalcounseling.com/insurance have done a beautiful job articulating some of them.
My fee is $120 per hour (sessions are 60 or 90 minutes).
I can provide you with a detailed receipt for our session (referred to by the weird term, Superbill) to submit your insurance for possible reimbursement. These colleagues https://www.coloradocouplesclinic.com/faq explain in easy language how to start that process.