Sex Therapy, Intimacy Counselling, Sexuality Education

Commonly asked Questions and Answers

Are your services covered?

Sexologists and sexology are currently not covered by Manitoba Health. If you have third-party insurance or a private health spending account, check whether this service is covered. Dr. Reece is a registered EAP (Employment Assistance Program) therapist. If you have EAP, please check with your group insurance provider whether Dr. Reece Malone is registered under your plan.

What happens at the first session?

“The first session allows for us to get to know each other. I will review your intake forms and will ask questions about your concern. I ask you to share your history that may include your relationship history, sex history, family history and health history. I also ask you about your hopes and goals for therapy. Depending on what emerges from the first session, we’ll discuss how we can proceed to address your concerns.

If my services are not appropriate or beyond my scope of practice, your session fees will be waived and I’ll suggest appropriate referrals.”

Do you touch or have sex with your clients?

“No. I am guided by ethical and professional guidelines that prohibit sexual touch with clients.”

When should I/we see a sex therapist or clinical sexologist?

“Anytime you have a sexuality or intimacy related concern, or a sexual function issue (pain, low desire, erectile dysfunction, rapid or premature ejaculation, etc.), I recommend seeing a sex therapist for an initial consultation. It’s important that you have accurate and evidence-based information as well as an opportunity to clear up any myths or misconceptions about sexuality, sex, and intimacy.

Sometimes clients book a session to have a discussion or gather insight – not necessarily because there’s a situation, but to help bounce ideas and share thoughts. Others have specific concerns they want to address for themselves, relationship or their family.

There may be times where sex therapy is contraindicated. In other words, it may not be the best time to start sex therapy. If this is the case, it is my ethical duty to let you know so you can make informed choices.”

What is your stance/opinion on…?

“Some have asked my stance on certain sexuality topics such as abortion, certain fetishes, same-sex marriage, multiple sex partners, and sex and drugs. Before answering these questions, I will most likely ask you ‘Why is it important for you to know?’ My intention is not to deflect but to help understand and be critically aware of how my response could impact you, your progress, and the clinical setting. Regardless, know that my attention is committed to your needs and hopes.”

How many sessions will it take for things to change?

“That’s going to depend on the issue, your (and your partner’s) willingness and determination for change, your feelings about addressing difficult subject matters, and other issues that may be beyond your control ex. physical health, mental illness, etc. You can stop therapy at any time.”

When are we done therapy or counselling?

“My hope for you is to only have the necessary number of sessions needed for adaptable and sustainable change. After a few sessions, together we will evaluate your progress and discuss whether more sessions may be helpful. I officially close your file after 6 months if there is no contact. Regardless, once we close our sessions, you are welcome to contact me at any time. It’s common for clients to contact me on occasion for a ‘tune-up’, re-visit, or to consult on another matter.”

Winnipeg is such a small city. How do you handle confidentiality?

“A confidentiality agreement is signed before we start our first session. You are protected under The Personal Health Information Act. Any disclosure of your identity will be with your verbal or written consent. In social situations, unless we have a pre-existing relationship or if pre-negotiated, I will not approach or acknowledge you publicly.”

What if I see you in public?

“I do welcome general pleasantries if you see me publicly, however, I will not approach you. This is to protect your privacy. Also if I am with another person, to protect their privacy, there will be no social introductions.”

What if I see you on Facebook or another social media platform?

“I have a professional Facebook page that you’re welcome to join. While we may have common friends, I will not send you a friend request nor will I accept friend requests should you be a client.”

Can I call you my sexologist in public or to my friends?

“How you refer to me is completely up to you. The confidentiality policy from my end stands and I will not divulge any information about you or our sessions.”

I’m feeling uncertain about seeing you. I prefer seeing a female therapist.

“I respect your feelings of uncertainty or the desire to see a female therapist. My hope is that you receive individualized care that will help you move forward. I’m happy to provide a referral to another therapist (or appropriate clinician). I welcome meet-and-greets so you can to get to know me better as a person, educator and clinician.”

Do I call you “Dr. Reece”, “Dr. Malone”, or “Reece”?

“That’s completely up to you and your comfort level. In more formal settings, such as public lectures or conferences, I’m usually introduced as Dr. Malone or Dr. Reece. In most cases, I’m comfortable with you calling me by my first name so long as it will not compromise our professional relationship.”

Do you accept hugs or hug your clients?

“If appropriate, yes. However I do not initiate hugs with clients.”