A sex therapist, in the simplest terms possible, is a person who is "comfortable talking about sex. Period, end of sentence. They're people who have been trained to understand a whole other realm of sexual practices that may not be their own."
This explanation is courtesy of Jane Fleishman, Ph.D., author of the Nautilus award—winning book "The Stonewall Generation" and a sexual educator certified through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists.
While nonspecialized therapy may touch on sexual elements of a person's life, sex therapy augments a clinician's knowledge.
"Marriage and family therapists have told me repeatedly they feel their training has left them wanting more understanding of sexual concerns in the bedroom, sexual concerns in the relationship and sexual concerns in the family," Fleishman