Psychosexual Therapy

/Psychosexual Therapy
Psychosexual Therapy 2017-10-29T13:14:28+00:00

Sexual Wellbeing and You

Treating sexual problems is important because your sexual health can have a huge impact on your general wellbeing and your personal relationships.

Sexual Difficulties 

Below is a list of some of the sexual difficulties that can be helped.

Sexual difficulties experienced by men: 

  • Erectile concerns
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Premature ejaculation (coming very quickly)
  • Orgasm problems
  • Painful intercourse
  • Delayed ejaculation (coming after a long time/not at all)
  • Concerns regarding sexuality and/or gender
  • Relationship issues

 Sexual difficulties experienced by women: 

  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Painful intercourse
  • Vaginismus
  • Orgasm problems
  • Concerns regarding sexuality and/or gender
  • Relationship issues 

Physical and/or Psychological Therapy 

South Downs Counselling and Mediation provides sessions with a medically trained psychosexual therapist. She can work closely with your GP (with your consent) if diagnostic/screening blood tests or other investigations are required in order to fully assess your problem and make an accurate diagnosis.

There is a range of physical treatments available for some of the listed conditions, such as erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and vulval pain. She is able to prescribe treatments that may help e.g., tablets, injections, and pumps for erectile difficulties.

For other problems the treatment may be purely psychological and managed solely with Sex and Relationship Therapy.

Sometimes combinations of physical and psychological interventions are successful.

An Integrated Approach

The type of Psychosexual Therapy offered is an integrated approach. Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) forms the core, and other approaches, such as Systemic, Psychodynamic, and Medical therapies, are also employed, as approporiate.

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy

CBT involves recognizing negative automatic thoughts, managing anxiety, and following a series of homework exercises individually and/or with your partner, if you have one. Even if the cause of your sexual difficulty is physical, any secondary anxiety can result in a host of problems such as a worsening of the problem, reduced arousal, low self-esteem, relationship conflict, and poor emotional intimacy.

Relationship issues

If you are in an intimate relationship, any conflict may be causing or compounding your problem; conversely, a sexual difficulty can cause emotional conflict between you and your partner. Attending therapy will aim to address any relationship problems you may have and may help prevent an irretrievable breakdown in your relationship.

Length and Frequency of Sessions

Each session lasts 50 minutes (longer for the initial history taking). The number of times you need to attend will depend on the nature of your difficulties. Some problems are resolved more quickly than others; you may need only a couple of visits, or choose to remain in therapy for an extended period of time. On average clients need between 10 and 20 sessions.

The frequency of sessions is also variable, ranging from weekly to monthly.

Useful Website: www.cosrt.org.uk

Contact Ellie

Tel: 07931 074614

ellie@drelliebirtley.co.uk

Website: www.drelliebirtley.co.uk