Psychosexual and Relationship

What is psychosexual therapy?

Psychosexual therapy can help individuals of all ages and sexual orientation. If you are single and not actively having sex, you can still benefit from seeing a sex therapist if something is troubling you.

Sexual issues can affect anyone.  Some people live with long term sexual problems and are often too ashamed and embarrassed to discuss their issues with anyone, not even with their partner. 

If you are in a relationship, cohabiting or living separately, you can receive treatment together but you can also come on your own. However, it is considered more effective if sessions are attended together as a couple. This is because the sexual problem will typically impact both partners equally – even if they are only physically affecting one individual.

Here are just a few symptoms related to men:

  • Not able to keep an erection
  • Premature ejaculation (orgasm too soon)
  • Delayed or unable to ejaculate
  • Inhibited sexual desire
  • Sexual compulsive behaviour, sex addiction

Here are just a few symptoms related to women:

  • Loss of sexual desire
  • Not able to achieve orgasm
  • Inhibited sexual desire
  • Vaginismus – an unconscious spasm, or tightening of the muscles around the vagina stopping penetration
  • Dyspareunia – experiencing pain during sexual intercourse
  • Sexual compulsive behaviour, sex addiction



A personal growth programme for you as an individual or as a couple that will help you become more familiar with your body and your sexual responses. This may involve a series of exercises to be practiced at home.

These exercises are strategies to overcome difficulties and are particularly beneficial to couples wanting to learn more about each other sexually. I will also help you address conflict and communication barriers as part of a therapeutic programme if your problem is relational only and non-sexual.

What happens in Psychosexual Therapy?

Firstly, we need to find out through a comprehensive assessment what it is that may have predisposed the cause of the sexual problems. What precipitated these issues and what maintaining factors enable them. The aim is not to blame anyone but to accept the problem as a joint and shared one. There are no examinations, tests or any sexual acts to be performed. Once we have identified what might be causing the problem, we can discuss possible ways of treatment.

I will devise a specific psychosexual treatment programme in accordance to the sexual difficulty and will give the patient practical ways and strategies to deal with it as a couple or individually.

Most issues can be treated within 8 to 12 sessions, although some problems can be resolved earlier than this and some may take a little longer. Most couples and individuals who come in for psychosexual treatment discover that other issues in their relationship come to the surface. They then decide to continue with therapy to address these issues and enhance their relationship further.

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