Sex coaches, sexological bodyworkers, and sex therapists are all professionals who specialize in helping individuals and couples with sexual issues, but they differ in their training, approach, and scope of practice.
Sex therapists are licensed mental health professionals who specialize in treating sexual disorders and dysfunctions that are caused by psychological or emotional factors. They are trained to diagnose and treat a range of sexual problems, including low libido, sexual anxiety, premature ejaculation, and sexual trauma. Sex therapists use a variety of evidence-based therapeutic techniques, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), psychotherapy, and sex education, to help individuals and couples overcome their sexual issues.
Sex coaches, on the other hand, focus more on personal growth, empowerment, and education around sexuality. They are not considered mental health professionals, and their services are typically not covered by insurance. Sex coaches work with clients to help them improve their sexual skills, explore their sexual desires, and develop greater confidence and self-awareness around their sexuality. They may use a variety of coaching techniques, such as goal-setting, accountability, and skill-building, to help clients achieve their sexual goals.
Sexological bodyworkers combine elements of both sex coaching and bodywork. They are trained to use touch and movement to help clients explore their bodies and develop greater awareness and pleasure in their sexuality. Sexological bodyworkers may use techniques such as breathwork, mindfulness, and genital touch to help clients overcome sexual issues, improve their sexual function, and enhance their sexual pleasure.
Overall, the key differences between sex coaches, sexological bodyworkers, and sex therapists lie in their training, focus, and scope of practice. While sex therapists focus on diagnosing and treating what we have come to consider a disorder (from a medical lens), sex coaches and sexological bodyworkers focus on personal growth and empowerment around sexuality, focusing on the areas that YOU want to work on, and never judging what is "normal" or a problem.
Coaching focuses on solutions- therapy focuses on problems.