"Sexual problems are clearly prevalent among adolescents, and distressing to many who experience them," wrote researchers in a recent study of teen and young adult sexuality. Half of the participants (ages 16-21) reported having a sexual problem, and half of those young people said it caused them significant distress. According to the study, boys and girls reported sexual problems at a similar rate.1
Sexuality at any stage of the life-cycle can be confusing and fraught, but today’s teens and young adults face particular challenges to healthy sexual development such as:
Many of the teens and young adults that Ian works are grappling with:
Talking about sex with a teen/young adult can be challenging, even in the most sex-positive of homes. Most teens paradoxically find themselves living in sex-evasive environments but needing to function in an overly-sexualized culture. Ian offers a safe space for teens and young adults to open up an empathetic, honest and scientifically-accurate conversation around sexuality. Through therapy, they can develop the insight and tools to express their sexuality safely, respectfully and authentically.
1. O’Sullivan, L. F. (2015). Sexual Function and Problems with Adolescents and Young Adults. Current Sexual Health Reports, 7(1), 12-18.