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

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[[caption-width-right:350:''Very'' intimate, ''very'' therapeutic.]]

In fiction, [[IntimateHealing sex heals physical wounds]]. But sex can also heal emotional wounds. Addiction, depression over terminal illness, PTSD... they all fade instantly the moment our protagonist 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 it is all too often used as a kind of therapy for victims of sexual assault. The theory goes that if bad sex hurts you, good sex with somebody you love cancels it out.

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]] (note however that the depressed are less likely in the first place to be going out, to make contact, to meet a partner).

Intimate Healing is much more however than 'sex' as a mood elevator to raise molecular serotonin background. The feeling of deep intimacy with another human being can and does heal major psychological wounds, and is often expressed through the act of lovemaking. It is often shown in this way in fiction, but the [[AnythingThatMoves 'just had sex']] is not the point.

See also GladToBeAliveSex, celebrating the feeling of aliveness 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. And having sex with somebody who is too mentally disturbed to understand the nature or significance of the act is morally, and in many countries legally, rape. [[noreallife]]



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/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 to get ready to challenge Queen Nakia]].
* In ''Manga/{{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 Guts a CooldownHug and says that now they've revealed their crappy childhoods to each other, they are truly equal, as friends and as lovers.
* 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 are both of them 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.
* 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.]]
** It happens before this after [[spoiler:Mina falls from the trapeze, mirroring the death of Bird's Nest's brother and his consequential FreakOut]].
* 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.
* Subverted in ''Manga/HaouAiren'': [[spoiler:Kurumi]] has sex with [[spoiler:her BastardBoyfriend's [[TheDragon Dragon]] Fuuron]] after a ''really'' [[BreakTheCutie hard time]] (including a scene in which she tells him about said problems, and while [[TallDarkAndSnarky he's not outwardly sympathetic]], he still listens to her woes and allows her to vent), but she doesn't exactly feel better afterwards. And for worse, it's followed by something ''even more traumatic'' for her...
* 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!"]]
* ''Anime/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 ''Manga/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 ChildByRape backstory to Souma (and shortly after having learned about Souma's own DarkAndTroubledPast), and Souma replies with both a CooldownHug and a YouAreNotAlone talk.]]
* Kurose from ''Manga/TenCount'' is ''attempting'' this by engaging in intimate situations with his mysophobic patient as "exposure therapy". It's more likely that it has something to do with Kurose being in love with Shirotani, however.
* Happens ironically enough in the hentai series ''Tokio Kidou Police'' of all things. The main character, Noriko Ibuki, finds it hard to form a romantic relationship with the team member she has a crush on due to her being partially raped during her first time having sex (she planned on having sex with the man to begin with, but he was far more aggressive than she was comfortable with and didn't listen to her pleas for him to be gentler). She manages to overcome this handicap when her female coworker has sex with her in a gentle, caring way, doing so because she had this very trope in mind.
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'': Happens in chapter 125 of re between [[spoiler: Touka and Kaneki]]. There are many reasons behind this: it's the [[spoiler: [[TheirFirstTime consummation of their love]] ]], it puts an end to [[spoiler: [[AManIsNotAVirgin Kaneki]] ]]'s virginity, they've both gone for too long without physical affection, ''and'' both are very depressed and stressed due to life's trying circumstances, which include [[spoiler: having the CCG after them]] '''and''' [[spooiler: the capture of Touka's MuggleBestFriend Yoriko, due to her association with Touka herself]].
* [[spoiler:Wolfwood and Milly]] try this in the ''Manga/{{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'' [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments 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 a more emotionally stable [[ShirtlessScene sans-shirt]] 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.]]
* In the {{Hentai}}, ''Descipline: the Record of a Crusade'' [[ThePornomancer the male lead becomes hypersensitive from all the action he's been getting,]] so his female roommates send him to the nurse's office where she uses a variety of techniques to cure [[SpeedSex his ailment.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Dolphin did this to Comicbook/{{Aquaman}} after he became embittered after losing his hand to the terrorist Charybdis.
* In ''ComicBook/TopTen: Beyond The Farthest Precinct'', new officer Curlew sleeps with her partner Dust Devil to help him get through his depression at losing his mother.
* ''ComicBook/SecretSix'' has a non-sexual example, with Scandal cuddling in bed with Bane to help him detox from venom, because she had goaded him into relapsing in the first place and thus feels obligated to help him get clean again.
* ''Infamously'' done by Morrison in his ''Comicbook/NewXMen'' run, when Comicbook/EmmaFrost and Comicbook/{{Cyclops}} have a mental affair while A) she is treating him as his psychiatrist, and B) ''[[YourCheatingHeart he's currently married to Jean Grey]]''.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The ''Webcomic/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 {{meme|ticMutation}} "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 [[http://whitesin.livejournal.com/27382.html#cutid1 "Cages"]], where recently colonized Taiwan has sex with UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan after [[spoiler: having been forced into footbinding/introduced to opium addiction/raped by China]] in the prequel ''[[http://whitesin.livejournal.com/14434.html Dollhouse]]'' and rescued by Japan some time later-- 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 [[SexSlave "comfort women"]]]] ''and'' a sign that [[DiscreditedTrope neither of them really believes in the trope]].
*** It's also averted in the case of [[spoiler: Korea and Taiwan]] because 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 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 Cori Falls's ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fanfiction, most notably TheirFirstTime and in "A Warm Place".
* ''Fanfic/DestinyIsAHazyThing'': 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.
* In ''{{Fanfic/Sleepless}}'' sequel ''Manehattan Blues'' Babs Seed overcomes her HeroicBSOD by having sex with [[spoiler: Nightcap]].
* In ''FanFic/{{Shatterheart}}'' Syaoran and Kurogane's temperaments improve and both get less depressed after they start turning to each other for affection. Subverted in Nihon, Syaoran tries tempting Kurogane with affection to get him to calm down. [[RapeAsDrama It ends in tears.]]

* 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.
* 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.
* ''Film/BadBoysII'': "Dammit, Mike! You go to therapy to resolve your issues! Not bang your therapist!"
* ''Film/{{Barbarella}}'': Professor Ping explains to Barbarella that the reason Pygar can't fly is low morale. Barbarella has sex with him and he regains the ability to fly.
* Subverted in ''Film/HorribleBosses''--Kurt's attempt to "fuck the crazy out of" Julia has only temporary effects.
* 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]]''

* Subverted in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', Kij Porter, a noblewoman, is said to have gone to a "crib" (a brothel), in order to cope with the death of several of her relatives. Due to high prevalence of STD a noblewoman wouldn't usually have sex out of wedlock, so her grief is universally considered the reason why she did something so utterly foolish. It is not mentioned whether it actually ''helped''. [[spoiler:It's later learned that she most likely did not actually use a crib, but claimed she had to cover [[BrotherSisterIncest her daughter's true paternity]].]]
* Marian helps Myth/RobinHood through his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from UsefulNotes/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 ''Literature/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 rid 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 ''Literature/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 courtesan (altogether a {{Geisha}}). 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 "courtesan" 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.
* Subverted in ''Literature/DragonBones''. Garannon was raped and his parents were killed by the king's soldiers. The king recalls how he found the frightened boy and "made it better" while kissing Garannon's neck. However, [[spoiler: Garannon hates his guts, and was about 15 at the time, making this sexual abuse of a child. The king is well aware that Garannon hates him and enjoys the fact that Garannon sleeps with him to protect his younger brother.]]
* 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 [[DamselInDistress Damsels in Distress]] 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.
* A lighter example in ''Literature/{{Peony}}'' by Creator/PearlSBuck. Peony, a young maid in a rich house, is forcefully kissed by an obnoxious guest who lusts after her. Peony runs away in disgust, and a few minutes later she finds the family's son, who she loves. She tells him what has just happened, and offers him her lips, requesting "Take my lips and clean them." He kisses her, effectively "cleaning" her from the assault.
* In ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'', Randle [=McMurphy=] brings prostitutes onto the mental ward to [[SexAsRiteOfPassage make the other patients into men]]. After sleeping with one of the prostitutes, [[spoiler:Billy Bibbit]] becomes confident enough to finally stand up to [[BattleaxeNurse Nurse Ratched]]. [[spoiler:This all goes down the toilet once Nurse Ratched threatens to tell Billy's mother about what happened, which drives poor Billy to suicide.]]

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'''s season-long descent into darkness and apathy is cured by sleeping with Darla, his sire and enemy. Angel turned evil after sleeping with Buffy, so has been avoiding sex for years. He eventually sleeps with Darla as a DespairEventHorizon but when he fails to turn evil the morning after, realises things aren't quite as bad as he thought.
-->'''Gunn:''' So, you had an ''epiphany'', did you? So, what [[EpiphanyTherapy you just wake up and 'bang']]?
-->'''Angel:''' ''(smirking)'' Well, it was sort of the other way around.
* Averted in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Buffy tries to get rid of her Season 6 HeroicBSOD by having [[VampiresAreSexGods lusty rough sex with Spike]], but keeps dropping back into depression because the SecretRelationship makes her [[DatingCatwoman 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, [[YouNeedToGetLaid you needed a shag]]."
* Subverted in ''Series/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.
* Happens in the 6th season of ''Series/MadMen'' where Stan confesses his love for Peggy and tells her that he is sad over the death of his cousin in Vietnam. She tells him he has to feel his pain and not bury it with sex and drugs, later she finds him [[Literature/BridgetJones "at it like rabbits"]] with the daughter of the recently departed Frank Gleason.
* On ''Series/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.
* On ''Series/{{Sisters}}'', Georgie's therapist plants the suggestion that she was molested by her father. When she consequently struggles with being intimate with her husband, and well as a simultaneous attraction to her doctor, he seduces her under the guise of helping her get over her sexual fears. Pretty soon, their therapy sessions consist of nothing but her coming to his office for sex.
* Subverted on ''Series/InspectorLynley'', when the titular Inspector winds up sleeping with an old acquaintance he hasn't seen in years in a grief-stricken attempt to get over [[spoiler:his wife's murder]]. This not only fails spectacularly but [[spoiler:actually gets him arrested for said old friend's ''subsequent'' murder]], and his partner, Barbara Havers, does not pull her punches when she tells him what a stupid idea she thinks it was.
* The ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' episode "Mother" involves a therapist accused of sleeping with her patient. The truth is considerably more complicated; the therapist was using roleplay to try and address the patient's considerable issues with his mother, but the patient sexualized that roleplay and convinced himself that their relationship was far more intimate than it actually was.
* In ‘’Series/Lucifer2016’’, Linda gives Lucifer therapy sessions in exchange for sex through a sizable chunk of the first season, despite it being a huge violation with therapist protocol. She eventually breaks off the sex deal, choosing to keep the therapist-patient relationship professional. She later postulates that Lucifer lives his life through sex, drugs and reckless partying as a means of curbing his own loneliness.

[[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 ''VisualNovel/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 ''VisualNovel/LEAVEs'', and it works on both [[spoiler:Touka]] and [[spoiler:Matsuri]].
* Used in some of the routes in ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', with [[PlayingWithATrope very different results per scene]]:
** Hisao's first sex scene with [[spoiler:Rin Tezuka]] comes after [[spoiler: 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, the player can still get the two Bad Endings.)]] [[spoiler: It's played straighter in their Good Ending, however, as it takes place after Rin gets chewed by [[StageDad Nomiya]] for not following her plans and Hisao manages to ''successfully'' comfort and calm her down]].
** This also happens on [[spoiler:Shizune Hakamichi]]'s route, when [[spoiler:''Misha'' (of all people)]] unexpectedly comes to Hisao's room, looking ''very'' depressed, and after a short talk she 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 despite caring for Hisao quite a bit she's probably jealous of the budding Shizune-Hisao couple.]] Whoops.

* 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.
* ''Webcomic/{{DMFA}}'': For the first and second acts, Alexis has mood swings that can be rated between "slightly miffed" and "HOLY SHIT I DIDN'T KNOW YOU COULD BEND SOMEONE LIKE THAT", which leaves a 400-year old infiltrator saying "your sister is the third scariest thing I've ever met". When she finally gets laid [[spoiler:with a shapeshifting giant, if that helps]], her personality shifts entirely to "reasonable and somewhat cheery". Lampshaded by everyone, though most don't know the cause.