What is a Sex Expert?

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What is a sex expert – really?

The term sex expert is an umbrella term that refers to people from a wide variety of professions. Generally though, sex experts are people who have studied sex or sexuality in some way – like a sex therapist or a sex coach. Often, they are referred to as a sex expert, simply because they have decided to use their knowledge of sexuality to give advice, answer questions, or offer sex counseling or sex coaching.

Are Sex Experts Always Professionals?

No. Not always. There are those who have put themselves out into the media, claiming to be helpful with sexual issues, but lack any and all formal education. They haven’t studied sexuality in all its nuances, but have gone through their own personal explorations, which in their eyes qualifies them as sex experts. They might contribute to a magazine as a guest writer, maintain a blog, have a Youtube channel, Instagram following, or perhaps even a podcast where they share their experiences and explorations. But no matter their medium – they all share an outspokenness for sex positivity, self-love and promoting positive body image.

What Does a Sex Expert Do?

Sex experts give advice on all sorts of topics concerning sex. For example, a sex expert talks about how to have better sex and helps people understand their own sexual identity – whether heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, pansexual or something else. Because sex experts tend to be vocal about their chosen persuasion and often engage with the media, they help society at large better understand sex. At the same time, they foster acceptance for groups who are marginalized around their sexuality – like the LGBT community, people who practice BDSM or participate in polyamory.

Sex experts tend to have specialty niches in one area or another, giving specific advice to a particular population. For example, one sex expert might only be an expert in tantric practices or seduction skills. Another might help people who are dating or those who are trying to explore open relationships. The variety reaches into all corners of culture and religion – there are even sex experts who only focus on Christians in long-term relationships have better sex.

Past the Realm of the Self Made Sex Expert

Some of the most common sex experts include sex coaches, sex therapists, sex researchers, sex educators and those with sexuality studies degrees. The truth is, however – anyone can call themselves a sex expert. There is no guiding institution around this area of advice giving.

While community education and promoting sex positivity are definitely great and a valiant effort – remember that if you are struggling with sexual dysfunction or deep relationship issues, consider getting in touch with a certified professional. Always make sure they actually have an educational or practical background in working with people around their sexuality.

Finding someone to talk to can be a very individual journey – but we’re here to help. Read our articles on What is a Sex Coach, What is an Intimacy Coach and other modalities to determine which professional is right for YOU. If you’re looking for a sex therapist in the San Francisco Bay Area, start here.

Find a professional sex coach near you or by expertise now.

Danielle Harel
Danielle Harelhttps://www.somaticainstitute.com/faculty/danielle-harel/
Dr. Danielle Harel is the the co-creator of the Somatica® Method and the co-founder of the Somatica® Institute. She has a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality (DHS), a graduate degree in Clinical Social Work (MSW), and a Bachelors (BA) degree in Psychology and Educational Counseling.

As a somatic sexologist, professor, and author, Danielle has devoted the last 20 years to resolving her client’s sexual challenges, training sex & relationship coaches, and empowering people. Harnessing her extensive training in sexology, psychology, and body-based modalities like Hakomi, attachment theory, character theory, and neuro-patterning, she guides people in reaching their fullest personal, professional, and sexual potential.

In addition to being faculty at Esalen and teaching the Advanced Somatica Training and Mastery Classes, Danielle has most recently embraced the adventure of co-producing the TV series Here She Comes – an episodic based on the Somatica Method (currently in production).

Before that, she published original research on Orgasmic Birth, and co-authored 3 books with Celeste Hirschman: Cockfidence, Making Love Real, and Coming Together.

She has also written extensively on sex, relationships, and dating, and is frequently quoted as an expert resource in publications.

To everything she does, Danielle brings her unparalleled passion, depth, intuition, and magnetizing personality.

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