Intimacy with your partner encompasses the important elements of a relationship. This includes sharing your thoughts, hopes and worries, as well as physical intimacy. Women who have difficulty connecting and sharing with their partner may have a type of anxiety intimacy disorder which can sabotage their relationships. Our therapists at FEM Women’s Wellness offer female intimacy dysfunction therapy at our clinic in the Reno, Lake Tahoe and Carson City, NV, area.
Causes of Female Intimacy Issues
Becoming intimate with another person requires trust. When past experiences have taught you to be wary of others, it can impact intimacy. Both emotional and sexual relationships require intimacy to be successful, and if there is a lack of trust, it can make it almost impossible to have a healthy relationship.
Intimacy issues are often caused by previous trauma, especially in childhood. Physical, emotional or sexual abuse can lead to distrust and problems with intimacy. Many women experience intimacy dysfunction as adults due to fears of abandonment or domination by their partners related to their childhood or past experiences.
Signs of Intimacy Disorders
Recognizing the signs of intimacy disorders can alert you to the need for professional help. For many women, therapy can help them overcome their fear and anxiety revolving around emotional and sexual intimacy, allowing them to build healthy relationships with their loved ones. Some of the common signs or symptoms of intimacy dysfunction include:
- Sabotaging relationships
- Inability to share intimate thoughts or feelings
- Difficulty expressing emotions
- Distancing from partners when relationships become serious
- Avoiding sexual or physical contact
Intimacy disorders are not always about fear or avoidance. Some women have sexual compulsion or love addiction, which are still forms of intimacy issues. Overcompensating with sex to avoid emotional closeness or other forms intimacy can be toxic within a relationship.
Intimacy dysfunction therapy can help uncover why you avoid closeness with others and help you heal your emotional wounds. Learning to trust and let go of your fears can allow you to enjoy the benefits of emotional and physical intimacy. If you are ready to talk to someone about your intimacy disorder, contact our team at FEM Women’s Wellness. We can schedule a session with one of our amazing therapists at our center in the Lake Tahoe and Reno, NV, area.