Too often, valuable communication between adolescents and parents about sexuality is thwarted by the false fear that giving quality information about sex and sexuality will lead adolescents to engage in sexual behavior. In reality, a study by Schuster et. al (1998) found that when teens have access to condoms, they're more likely to use them-- but they're no more likely to engage in a higher frequency of sexual activity! Today's adolescents have already been exposed to peer dialogues, TV programs, and other media content about sexuality, and they’re likely to have questions for you. Their parents face the imperative of being prepared with information about sexual rights, anatomy, decision-making skills, STDs, healthy relationships, and more!
While all parents can benefit from having the tools to discuss the afore mentioned issues with their adolescents, parents of teens who identify within the LGBTQ umbrella may be seeking special tools for helping a child feel loved, secure, safe, and supported in their home and community. The therapists at SWI can provide information about advocating for your teen, learning about specific community-based issues and language, and becoming more aware of your own opportunities for personal growth. No matter the reason you’re seeking help in educating your teen about sexual health, the therapists at Sexual Wellness Institute are qualified and eager to help.
Discover the best practices are for engaging your teen in an ongoing dialogue about healthy sexuality over a time-limited course of sessions at the Sexual Wellness Institute. Sessions are designed to help you uncover and develop your own values around sexuality, and will provide you with some tools for giving your adolescent the quality information they need to make informed decisions about sexual activity. Other topics may include, but are not limited to:
· Attending to questions about physical and emotional changes related to puberty and sexual development
· Addressing cybersex and porn consumption with your adolescent
· Identifying developmentally appropriate content for discussions about sexuality with your adolescent
Let us help you become an effective purveyor of sexuality education, with information tailored specifically to your adolescent’s age, culture, and developing sexual orientation and gender identity.
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Sexual Wellness Institute, PLLC is a specialized sex & relationship therapy practice in Plymouth, MN. We serve clients all over Minnesota and Wisconsin and are located near Maple Grove, St. Louis Park, Wayzata, & Minnetonka.