->'''Erin:''' What kind of therapist sleeps with his patient?\\
'''Dave:''' Actually, it's quite common in erotic cinema.
-->-- ''Series/{{Titus}}''

In fiction, [[IntimateHealing sex heals physical wounds]]. Sex also heals emotional wounds; even PTSD, addiction, or depression over terminal illness fade instantly after our hero is in the loving embrace of their love interest, making this the logical extreme of SexForSolace (which may or may not make problems go away). In FanFic parlance, this is often called the 'magical healing cock' and mocked, as it is often {{Narm}} (or deeply offensive when, as all too often, the magical healing cock is used as instant therapy for a rape victim).

Note that TropesAreNotBad. Sex can be a great mood-elevator and, to some degree, help with certain hang-ups or insecurities, or even depression, due to it releasing large amounts of serotonin, a neurotransmitter, the lack of which is believed to be a significant molecular background to depression. The key issue is ''overstating'' this effect. For instance, someone with a case of Dissociative Identity Disorder (a.k.a. multiple personalities) won't suddenly "get better" after some great sex. After all, [[FridgeLogic if sex completely and instantly cured all emotional wounds]], [[ThereAreNoTherapists there would be no therapists]].

See also GladToBeAliveSex, stress-relief through sex in the aftermath of life-threatening experiences.

'''DoNotTryThisAtHome. Seriously.''' Having someone attempt to get over mental or emotional hang-ups by having sex is rarely if ever a good idea, and '''''very''''' illegal if you are counseling them in a professional setting.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''LegendOfTheBlueWolves'' has a double example, as this "helps" [[spoiler: Jonathan]] to get over [[spoiler: being falsely accused of theft, then beaten and ''raped'' by the culprit]], while ''also'' helping [[spoiler: Leonard]] to deal with [[spoiler: the tragic death of his beloved younger brother several years ago (his feelings for Jonathan ''are'' partially driven by a BigBrotherInstinct, as the guy [[IdenticalStranger looks a LOT]] like an older version of said brother)]].
* In ''{{Berserk}}'', while Guts and Casca are making love - Guts begins to have flashbacks of his [[DarkAndTroubledPast dark and horrific childhood ordeal]] of [[spoiler: being anally raped and being betrayed by his adoptive father altogether.]] When this happens, years of repressed post traumatic stress are released as Guts has an emotional breakdown in front of Casca. Afterwards, he tries to go away and deal with his issues on his own, thinking himself a freak and [[DefiledForever soiled]], but Casca gives a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming by giving Guts a CoolDownHug, and said that now that they've revealed their crappy childhoods to each other, that they were truly equal to each other, as friends and as lovers.
* Subverted in ''Manga/HaouAiren''. [[spoiler: Kurumi]] has sex with [[spoiler: her BastardBoyfriend's [[TheDragon Dragon]] Fuuron]] after a ''really'' hard time (including a scene in which she tells him about said problems, and while [[TallDarkAndSnarky he's not really receptive]] he still listens to her), but she doesn't exactly feel better afterwards.
* In ''AnatoliaStory'', [[spoiler: Yuri and Kail]] go through this when [[spoiler: Kail has sex with Yuri to reassure her before they return to Hattusa from Egypt, and Yuri has get ready to challenge Queen Nakia.]]
* Used in ''Manga/KusattaKyoushinoHouteishiki'', when [[spoiler: Masami and Tooru have sex shortly after Masami tells Tooru about having been sexually abused in the past, then collapses crying since he feels tainted -- and Tooru tells him "You're NOT DefiledForever by your past, I love you anyway!".]]
* Kind of seems to be the basis of Bird's Nest and Michel's relationship in ''Manga/CopernicusBreathing'', at least at the beginning. The first time it happens is after [[spoiler: Bird's Nest's FreakOut when he is reminded of his dead brother and the circus life.]]
** Happens before this after [[spoiler: Mina falls from the trapeze, mirroring the death of Bird's Nest's brother and his consequential {{Freak Out}}]]
* Happens after a SlapSlapKiss moment between Jeremy and Ian in ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns''. Jeremy had been [[spoiler: recounting to Ian all the times Greg sexually abused him]] but later hallucinated that Greg was following him. The trope is strengthened in this instance because of Jeremy's FreakOut immediately beforehand.
* In ''SakuraGari'', [[spoiler: Masataka and Souma's last sexual encounter]] fits in perfectly, as it takes place after [[spoiler: Masataka's HeroicBSOD where he explains his ChildOfRape backstory to Souma (and few after having learned about Souma's own DarkAndTroubledPast), and Souma replies with both a CooldownHug and a YouAreNotAlone talk.]]
* [[spoiler: Wolfwood and Milly]] tried this in the ''{{Trigun}}'' anime. More exactly, [[spoiler: Wolfwood has just killed [[EnfanteTerrible Zazie]] and it turns out he's ''way'' more affected than he lets on, then [[HeroicBSOD he breaks down in tears]] when speaking to Milly, and ''then'' [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming she manages to soothe him]] with a CooldownHug and gentle words.]] Some scenes later, [[spoiler: Milly is sleeping in the nearby bed (though she's fully covered by the bed clothes) and [[ShirtlessScene a sans-shirt]] and more emotionally stable Wolfwood is [[SmokingHotSex having a smoke]].]] It's later confirmed when, [[spoiler: after Wolfwood's heartbreaking death, we see Milly crying her heart out -- and wearing a set of pajamas, instead of her normal clothes.]]
* [[Radar/{{Bleach}} VERY strongly implied]] to have taken place between [[CuteBookworm Momo Hinamori]] [[MindGameShip and]] [[ManipulativeBastard Sousuke Aizen]] in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. At some point in the Soul Society arc, Momo goes to Aizen's quarters in the middle of the night so she can ask him for advice, and they have a nice talk... There are two catches, however: not only both of them are in their sleeping robes during the scene, but the next one shows us ''Momo sleeping in Aizen's futon while he leaves his quarters fully clothed in the morning''. The implication was so strong that the scene was {{bowdlerized}} in the anime: Momo shows up in her Shinigami outfit rather than her pajamas, and she's seen sleeping on the ''tatami'' of Aizen's room instead of his bed.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Dolphin did this to Comicbook/{{Aquaman}} after he became embittered after losing his hand to the terrorist Charybdis.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the Kalash93 story, [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/106068/1/relax/intimacy Relax,]] a soldier regularly visits this one prostitute when he's on leave. We see a session which begins with him very obviously freaked out and not at all well, but he calms down during the act. It's actually quite heartwarming.
* The ''AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5053133/1/Some_scars_are_easy_to_hide "Some scars are easy to hide"]] has Lithuania and Poland having sex to help Lithuania get over his depression and anxiety resulting from having been sexually abused by Russia. Notable for giving rise to the [[MemeticMutation meme]] "I'm damaged goods, Feliks!"
** Another Hetalia fic, "Mistakes", has China attempting to do this with a random hooker, and then later with France, in an attempt to heal himself. [[SubvertedTrope It does not work]].
** Subverted in the Japan/Taiwan fic "Cages". A recently colonized Taiwan has sex with ImperialJapan after [[spoiler: having been forced into footbinding/introduced to opium addiction/raped by China]] in the prequel ''Dollhouse'', and then rescued by Japan once he takes her it -- but it doesn't fix her problems. She does start to get better under his care, but the in-fic sex scene between them is both [[spoiler: an allusion to the hardships of Taiwanese "comfort women"]] ''and'' a sign that neither of them really believes in the trope.
*** It's also averted in the case of [[spoiler: Korea and Taiwan.]] They don't go further than kissing, and their relationship goes more by a mixture of FlorenceNightingaleEffect and BroodingBoyGentleGirl.
* ''FanFic/AGrowingAffection'': Kakashi seeks sex from his lover as a distraction from a recent trauma. After a later event, Hinata does the same for Naruto.
* A LostForever Digimon fic has the grown up Koushirou and Jyou as a couple. Jyou is driven to a powerful HeroicBSOD at the start after [[FailureKnight failing to save the lives of a young boy and his parents]]; he discusses the incident with Koushirou (whom he thought about since he knew about his past, and that's one of the reasons why Jyou splintered so badly), who let him pour his heart out and then helps him relax and forget about it via sex.
* James applies this to Jessie several times in Creator/CoriFalls's ''{{Pokemon}}'' fanfiction, most notably TheirFirstTime and in "A Warm Place".
* ''{{Destiny Is A Hazy Thing}}'': While it isn't sex, Kiba and Karin are noted to be practically fused together during the mass funeral after the invasion. Karin, on the other hand, finds her self at peace when living in Kiba's personal space bubble before this.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Horrendously subverted in the movie ''Film/TheLegendOfHellHouse''. The young female psychic thinks that by offering herself to the ghost of a tormented young man, he might know peace and move on. Let's just say that this does ''[[{{squick}} not]]'' turn out to be a romantic and cathartic experience like that one scene in ''Film/{{Ghost}}''. She [[spoiler: gets violated by the vindictive apparition, which was never a young troubled man but the ghost of the house's murderous old owner]].
* ''[[http://www.movierapture.com/attackgirlsswimteamversustheundead.htm Attack Girls Swim Team vs. The Undead]]''
* In the movie ''Film/BabyBoy'', the main character loses his temper and slaps his girlfriend, and then she starts breaking down and crying uncontrollably. So he picks her up, carries her to the bedroom and gives her oral sex while sad music plays. She forgives him and it's never mentioned again.
* Very much subverted in ''Film/{{Antichrist}}''. The main character's husband thinks it's a good idea to [[WhatAnIdiot treat her depression himself.]] She uses sex as a method of dulling the pain. It ends badly.
* Subverted in ''Film/HorribleBosses''--Kurt's attempt to "fuck the crazy out of" Julia has only temporary effects.
* ''Film/BadBoysII'': "Dammit Mike! You go to therapy to resolve your issues! Not bang your therapist!"
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Marian helps RobinHood through his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from TheCrusades by sleeping with him in the novel ''Lady of the Forest'' by Jennifer Roberson.
* A somewhat more literal example appears in ''Literature/BrokenAngels'', the second in Creator/RichardKMorgan's [[Literature/TakeshiKovacs hard sci-fi series]]. The protagonist, [[SociopathicHero Takeshi Kovacs]], tracks down Tanya Wardani, the only archaeologist with the knowledge required for his mission - unfortunately, she's [[spoiler: been tortured far enough that she's withdrawn from reality]]. It's stated that normally, she would takes months, maybe years to recover from this - however, Takeshi doesn't have that long. So, he uses some of his [[SuperSoldier Envoy]] mental conditioning techniques to bring her back. It's described this way in the novel:
--> Envoy co-option techniques make rather brutal use of the deep wells of psychosexual energy that drive humans at a genetic level. Properly mined, the matrix of animal strength on tap in those places will speed up psychic healing by whole orders of magnitude. You start with light hypnosis, move into quick-fix personality engagement and thence to close bodily contact that only misses definition as sexual foreplay on a technicality. A gentle, hypnotically induced orgasm usually secures the bonding process, but at the final stage with Wardani, something had made me pull back. The whole process was uncomfortably close to a sexual assault as it was.
* Subverted in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' novel ''Imzadi''. Deanna Troi, shortly after meeting Riker for the first time on Betazed, suggests that they take off their clothes and spoon, saying that it's a technique she learned in her psychotherapy classes for moving past the desires of the flesh. And they do precisely that--lie there naked and talk without doing anything sexual. Later, Deanna's professor says he's never heard of any such technique (except in treating sexual dysfunctions, natch) and that it would probably lead to sex.
* ''Literature/ForWhomTheBellTolls'' is an early and successful example. Maria wants Robert to make love to her to replace her rape memories.
* Appears in the second ''KushielsLegacy'' trilogy in an unusually well-justified example, where [[TroubledButCute Imriel's]] experience at [[HighClassCallGirl Balm House]] helps him get over a lot of his hangups about sex.
* In the A.J.Quinell's book ''Snap Shot'', The sex between on of the protagonists (a war photographer) and a psychologist (another protagonist) who showed compassion towards him, help him to finally get ride of a trauma he got in one of his missions.
* In ''Literature/TheStolenThrone'', the first prequel book to the ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' video game, Rowan comforts her future husband Maric shortly after he executed his former lover, Katriel, for being a spy. After hours of sobbing and holding each other, it's strongly implied that they make love for the first time. Notably, it doesn't resolve Maric's guilt over Katriel's death, which he feels even years later. It just helps him cope.
* The relationship between Literature/CassandraKresnov and her unit shrink (in her back story) consisted of a literal version of the trope. This is noted to have been unusual, but was ignored by the brass because it worked.
* In the ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' 'verse, there is a profession called kestra'chern which is a combination of healer, therapist (physical ''and'' mental), masseuse, makeover artist, and high class whore. They do different things for different clients, who have different needs - true kestra'chern make it clear that they give the client what they feel the client ''needs'' (subject to consent), and not necessarily what the client ''wants'' (or thinks they want). Amberdrake, one of the main characters of ''The Black Gryphon'' and a NonActionGuy, is rather irritated at how the public seems to fixate on the "whore" part of the job, and frequently has to deal with clients who assume that sex is a guaranteed part of the package. In one case he's very strongly attracted to one of his clients, but scrupulously refrains from making overtures until several session of EpiphanyTherapy get her past the worst of her emotional damage.
* Possibly the most royally fucked-up example of this trope ever committed to the printed page crops up in ''The Weapon'', by Michael Z. Williamson. The DesignatedHero attempts to use it to cheer himself up after he and his unit massacre an entire village full of non-combatants in a scene that is very clearly inspired by the My Lai Massacre, only with official sanction. This isn't even the most disturbing chapter in the book.
* John D [=MacDonald=]'s thriller hero character Travis [=McGee=] almost always ends up providing sexual healing to {{Distressed Damsel}}s as well as sorting out their material problems.
* Used more than once in ''Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude''. Some examples are [[spoiler: a then teenaged Colonel Aureliano losing his virginity to Pilar Ternera after an HeroicBSOD over his feelings for the much younger Remedios Moscote]] and [[spoiler: Aureliano Babilonia losing his to Nigromanta after his LoveEpiphany about Amaranta Ursula (And as a bonus, she's surprised to see how... [[GagPenis "gifted"]] Babilonia actually is.]]
* Fritz Leiber's time-war novel ''The Big Time'' is told from the viewpoint of an "entertainer" (the official euphemism) in an R&R station anchored outside the timestream, whose job it is to soothe and heal soldiers suffering PTSD (though the coining of that term was some years in the {real} future.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Series/{{Angel}}'s season-long decent into darkness and apathy is cured by sleeping with Darla, his sire and enemy.
* Averted in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Buffy tries to get rid of her Season 6 HeroicBSOD by having lusty rough sex with Spike, but keeps dropping back into depression because the SecretRelationship makes her feel even more guilty.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': Dexter's relationship with Leila in season two apparently puts him on the road to recovering from his addiction to murder. Or not.
* ''Series/CallMeFitz'': After burying Babs, guess how does Fitzy comfort Ali.
** Earlier in the episode, Fitz gets this from Meghan.
* ''Series/ChrisRyansStrikeBack''. The protagonist has sex with a pretty female army sergeant, but then gets taken down a peg when the female intelligence agent says she's a professional HoneyTrap who had sex with him because the shrink said he was suffering from sexual inadequacy issues. "In short, you needed a shag."
* Subverted in ''ParksAndRecreation''. Chris temporarily feels better after having a one night stand with Bobby Newport's campaign manager, but he eventually plunges into depression.
* Shado does this in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' to snap Oliver out of MyGodWhatHaveIDone after killing a man.
* On OneLifeToLive, after police detective Andy is nearly raped by two suspects she was pursuing, boyfriend Antonio gently undresses her and leads her into the shower. They don't have sex, but the experience is clearly intimate enough to count.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Played with in Jack's route in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. The sequence that makes her somewhat less psychotic is clearly "intimate," but doesn't involve sex. Earlier in the game, it's possible to have sex with her, but this confirms her belief that people only care about her sexually, and results in a bad end to the romance.
* Subverted in ''CrossChannel''. Misato decided that having sex with Taichi would be the best way to atone for her sin of [[spoiler:sending her father to jail]]. Of course, she's also implied to be [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-defeating_personality_disorder self-defeating]], and the sex arguably made the whole situation worse. At least it helped in [[spoiler:sending her back to the original world]].
* Tomohiro helps his friends this way in {{LEAVEs}}.
* Attempted [[spoiler: and failed]] in KatawaShoujo. [[spoiler: Hisao's first sex scene with Rin Tezuka comes after she has a breakdown in her despair to create and express herself through art, and Hisao finds her half-naked and barely lucid in her atelier. He gives her a CooldownHug and then things go the H-way... but it only offers both of them very limited relief, and their troubles aren't solved. (Heck, you can still get the two Bad Endings.)]]
** This also happens [[spoiler:on Shizune's route]], when [[spoiler:''Misha'' unexpectedly]] comes to Hisao's room, obviously depressed, and asks him to "comfort" her. Predictably, giving in to her request only makes things worse for both her and Hisao. [[spoiler:Less predictably, Misha's actually in love with Shizune, and probably isn't even attracted to men. She only asked Hisao for sex out of desperation; Shizune rejected her years ago, and she's probably jealous of the budding Shizune-Hisao couple. Whoops.]]
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheDragonDoctors'', [[http://dragondoctors.dhscomix.com/archives/comic/ch-2-page-22 one of the reasons Aki gives for sleeping with Goro]] is reassuring the latter that [[GenderBender being turned into a girl]] didn't make her less of a person.
* In ''Webcomic/MenageA3'', impetuous wannabe psychotherapist Kiley and perceptive promiscuous bisexual Matt meet while both undergoing therapy from the same professional (for problems that have more in common than they realise), begin comparing notes constructively, and rather rapidly end up in bed together. They both refer to this as "therapy", perhaps jokingly -- but they do both reckon to be getting a lot of help from it.
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