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  • Writer's pictureDr. Leyla Gulcur, Ph.D.

The Sensate Focus Technique in Sex Therapy




What is sensate focus?


Sensate focus is a technique used in sex therapy to help couples become more comfortable and intimate with each other. The goal of sensate focus is to reduce anxiety, enhance pleasure, and increase communication and physical connection during sex.


The technique was developed by Masters and Johnson in the 1960s and has since been used by counselors and therapists to help couples increase their intimacy and sexual satisfaction. It is an important part of sex therapy as it can help to reduce performance anxiety, eliminate distractions, and focus on the present moment.


With sensate focus, couples focus on pleasurable physical sensations and sensations in the body rather than on performance or outcomes. They are encouraged to touch each other in non-genital areas, such as hands, arms, legs, and back. They can also use massage, caressing, stroking, or other activities that are both enjoyable and non-threatening.


The focus is on pleasure rather than performance, and couples are encouraged to explore different sensations and explore their own boundaries. The idea is to create a safe, non-threatening environment where couples can relax, explore, and experiment.


The goal is to create an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect, so that couples can become more comfortable with each other and explore different aspects of their sexuality. It is important to remember that sensate focus is not a form of therapy, but rather a tool to help couples become more connected and intimate.


Sensate focus can be a powerful tool in helping couples to become more comfortable with each other, increase their physical and emotional connection, and explore different aspects of their sexuality. If you are looking to increase your intimacy and pleasure, sensate focus may be a great option for you.

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