Brian Martin saw sex therapist Sara Sloan for a couple of months for his erectile dysfunction (ED). Martin's wife didn't want to join him. However, Sloan eventually told them she thought couples therapy would be helpful.

"She was getting her feelings hurt every time he had an ED episode," said Sloan, a licensed marriage and family therapist at Austin Concierge Therapy in Austin, Texas. "She thought she wasn't attractive, or maybe he likes girls who look different than her. There was a lot of insecurity around it."

When Sloan brought them in for couples therapy, she gave them a psychoeducation—an intervention where the therapist provides information so the couple can better understand and cope with the dysfunction. The couple discussed the ED situation, and Sloan saw them another two or three times after that.

'Sex is so much more than just physical intimacy.'

"Once the pressure was taken off the erection, he had no problem," Sloan said. "It was really working with her that took the pressure off of him. We can work individually on taking the