Contemporary sex therapy is a comprehensive set of therapeutic techniques originally pioneered in the 1960s by William Masters and Virginia Johnson, two researchers who understood that sexual dysfunction, relationship issues and feelings of shame about intimate expression were creating significant psychological challenges—not only for patients, but also for medical professionals providing treatment.

Masters and Johnson wanted to cultivate a method that would help people in therapy improve their sex life and achieve a broader understanding of their sensual experiences. They also sought to help couples explore tactics to improve their intimate relationships.

Even though the groundwork laid out by Masters and Johnson almost 60 years ago set the stage for contemporary sex therapy, recent developments and shifts in public perception of sexuality and the benefits of therapy have spurred new innovations in the field of sex therapy. This makes it a better choice than ever, for anyone.

Changing views about sex

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