My Therapist Seems Uncomfortable Talking About Sex
I am a female and have been seeing a male therapist for the past 4 years.
He seems uncomfortable when I want to talk about sex. Sometimes he looks as if he is blushing and changes the subject. It makes me feel like I am doing something 'wrong' by wanting to talk about it.
Why would he behave this way?
Maybe he is uncomfortable discussing sex. Or maybe, if this is a new subject that you've brought up in therapy, he's gotten too much in a comfort zone for the past 4 years and you've caught him off guard. In any case, it is absolutely not your fault in any way. Therapy is where you should be able to express all of yourself.
It is the job of a therapist to be unconditionally accepting of your feelings. At the same time, therapists are people, with their own fears and issues. I believe it is a therapist's responsibility to have "done their own work" - meaning they should have had plenty of their own therapy and personal growth experiences, and have ongoing support and consultation in order to keep themselves in good emotional health. But at times, this isn't the case, or an issue comes up that for whatever reason hit's a vulnerable spot for the therapist.
I believe it is totally acceptable to bring this up - to say that you feel shut down by him when you try to talk about sex. I realize this is a vulnerable thing to confront your therapist about, but if you don't, then you may continue to hit this wall in therapy, and find that your relationship with your therapist is hindered. It may be that once you bring it up, you will both move past this and the therapy will improve. Therapy is a relationship and telling your therapist how you feel about him or his behavior is just as important as your therapist confronting you or giving you feedback about your feelings or behavior.
Or if you don't feel safe, or confident enough to have this talk with him, then you might want to consider finding a therapist who doesn't blush when you talk about sex.
Sex is a normal and perfectly acceptable subject to discuss in therapy - it's as simple as that.
Ben Schwarcz, MFT