Sexual difficulties can often be difficult to talk about. Psychosexual therapy offers a supportive, safe and understanding place to explore sexual issues, and the impact on your relationship/s. Common problems, which respond well to psychosexual therapy for individuals and couples include;
- Loss of desire and arousal difficulties
- Dyspareunia (pain during intercourse)
- Erectile dysfunctions including rapid and delayed ejaculation
- Vaginismus (difficulty with penetrative sex)
- Genital pain
- Orgasmic/anorgasmia difficulties
- Sexual orientation concern
- Gender identity and transition
- Sexual compulsive behaviours
- Sexual phobias and aversion
- Negotiating sexual needs in the relationship
- Changes associated with the menopause
Psychosexual therapy is based on a cognitive behavioural and systemic approach underpinned with making sense of and understanding your life experiences. It can also include psychosexual education, practical exercises for you at home and may involve the use of medication and aids to help you.
Initially there is an assessment of the scope of your sexual concern/s using evidence-based sex therapy approaches. Also assessment to identify any needs for general relationship counselling or GP/medical interventions. The next step is history taking resulting in a treatment plan designed for your particular needs and to create the change you want.