Sex Therapy and What to Expect

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Sex Therapy: What is it?

Research demonstrates that our sexuality is strongly associated with mood, physical health and our sense of self. Therefore when sexual problems arise, they can impact profoundly on our confidence and happiness.

Sex Therapy, or Psychosexual Therapy as it is sometimes called, is a form of talking therapy which helps us to have these difficult conversations away from the fear of sex being a taboo subject.

It provides a judgment-free space in which to untangle some of the complex issues that may develop in relationships, as well as learning new skills and approaches to intimacy.

Additionally, some people may seek Sex Therapy not because they have a particular problem but because they want to enhance what they already have and reach their sexual potential.

The origins of sexual difficulties might be physical, psychological, emotional or contextual – or a combination of these. I am a specialist in this area and some of the common isssues I work with include:

  • Sexual addiction and support for partners
  • Porn addiction and support for partners
  • Loss of, or differences in, desire
  • Erectile issues
  • Difficulties with arousal and orgasm
  • Premature ejaculation
  • Delayed or inhibited ejaculation
  • The effects of the menopause
  • Pain during sex
  • Vaginismus
  • Fertility concerns
  • The impact of sexual abuse or assault
  • Sexual difficulties in relation to illness and medication
  • Communicating effectively about sex – dealing with awkwardness or embarrassment to build the sex life you want

Sex Therapy: What to expect

Initially we will discuss your personal understanding of the problem and I will provide an overview of how therapy might be able to help you.

If it seems there could be a physical or medical cause, I may recommend that you see a GP or another specialist for medical assessment before proceeding.

We will take a personal history, which can take two sessions or more, which helps us to identify and evaluate the factors which may be causing or contributing to the problem.

We will then create a treatment plan together with regular reviews to determine how the work is going.

Sessions are strictly talking therapy, with any practical exercises undertaken outside of sessions.