I use a psychosexual approach to sex therapy,
which combines cognitive behavioural techniques,
psychotherapy and relationship counselling.
Sex therapy is a talking therapy, so there
is never any physical contact between the client
and the therapist. Similarly, sex therapy sessions do not involve a medical examination, although in some cases, you may be advised to talk to your GP about symptoms that relate to your physical health.
Sexual problems often have deep rooted causes, which may be linked to childhood experiences or early messages about sex. They may be compounded by anxiety, depression, disability or the changes that come with age, while for others, they are associated with the experience or expectation of physical pain or discomfort. Sometimes, sexual problems are more to do with relationship difficulties - perhaps because of a breakdown in trust or communication, feelings of anger or resentment, or just patterns and routines that get in the way of intimacy. Sex therapy can effectively address all of the above. It is suitable for couples and for individuals, whatever their sexual orientation and preferences, whether or not they are currently in a relationship and whether or not they are sexually active.
You will be asked to come for an initial assessment session, after which everyone involved will decide whether they want to continue to a course of sex therapy. The therapy will normally consist of at least 6 sessions on a weekly or fortnightly basis, although this is always individually negotiable and regularly reviewed. You will be encouraged to set your own goals and to think about what you want to get from sex therapy and in most cases you will be asked to undertake some form of practical or reflective homework between sessions.
Sex therapy is completely confidential. I will
never contact your GP or any other professional
without your permission. The only very rare
exception to this would be if I had serious
reason to believe that you or someone else was
at risk of harm.
If you are not sure whether sex therapy is right for you, please contact me by phone or email to discuss your situation further or make an initial assessment appointment at a reduced fee if you would prefer to talk through the options in person.