The term “sex ed” often conjures up images of awkward health class lectures about changing bodies and the perils of sexually transmitted illnesses. But in truth, sexuality education can be comfortable, easy and fun! A sexuality educator provides fact-based information about topics related to sexual health, sexual pleasure, gender and sexual diversity, sexual expression, communication and more. Sex educators provide information you can use to make decisions that best suit your life.
Sex Education vs. Sex Therapy
Some people wonder about the difference between sex educators and sex therapists. A sex educator typically provides training, coaching or teaching for individuals and groups through workshops, seminars, lectures, writing or one-on-one session work. A sex therapist is mental health professional with a background in psychotherapy who specializes in working with clients who have sexual issues or concerns. Sex therapists often help clients understand how issues or events from their past might influence their sexuality. While a sex educator might talk to a client about their past, they often focus on sharing information that’s relevant for their client right now. While sex therapists and sex educators have different jobs, they may work together as colleagues, collaborating on specific projects and consulting one another for professional input.