Sex Therapy and Psychosexual Therapy
Many sexual problems are caused by underlying feelings or emotions rather than necessarily reflecting a physical cause. In Psychosexual Therapy the complex interaction of mind and body is acknowledged and brought together.
Is there a difference between Psychosexual Therapy and Sex Therapy? There is no difference. Psychosexual Therapy is simply the new name for Sex Therapy, recognising the part that the mind plays in sexual functioning. Because sexual feelings and relationships are affected not only by our bodies, but by our thoughts and feelings as well.
What is Psychosexual Therapy?
Many sexual problems are caused by underlying feelings or emotions rather than necessarily reflecting a physical cause. As a Psychosexual Therapist I work with couples or individuals to find the cause of any problem and build a treatment plan, which may involve giving information, education or setting homework exercises to practice in the privacy of your home.
People often come to me for Sex Therapy, looking for help with issues like:
- Lack of Sexual Desire
- Sexless marriage
- Arousal disorders
- Painful intercourse (Vulvodynia) or penetration difficulties (Vaginismus)
- Orgasmic difficulties
- Erectile Dysfunction or Premature/Delayed Ejaculation
- Sexual anxiety or being unable to talk about sex
- Pregnancy and postnatal sex
- Sex and ageing
- Sexual orientation and identity
- Negative body image
How does Psychosexual Therapy differ from general Relationship Therapy?
As a Psychosexual Therapist, I am qualified and experienced in working with both couples and individuals. I have also undertaken further advanced MSc training in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy, to increase my knowledge of sexual functioning, sexual problems and treatment.
When I see individuals or couples for Psychosexual Therapy I think about the person and the relationship as a whole, rather than just focussing on the sexual aspect.
When should I get medical help for my problem?
I always assess each individual's and couple's situation carefully and sometimes, where I need to explore whether the problem has a physical cause, a referral to a doctor will be recommended.
Should your problem need medical intervention, Psychosexual Therapy can still help you with any emotional distress which may have become embedded in your relationship. In fact, many GPs refer their patients to me for Psychosexual Therapy.
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