Many people experience difficulties in their sexual relationships at some stage. It's an area of our life that we rarely talk about, but it can cause significant problems. Many concerns about sex and intimacy are often linked to other underlying issues such as stress, anxiety or depression, but sexual function can also be affected by chronic illness, the side-effects of medication, surgery or ageing. People can find themselves in need of psychosexual therapy for a variety of reasons.
Why Sex Therapy?
Sex Therapy can help you resolve various sexual issues, from concerns about sexual function or feelings to the way you relate to your partner. Also, it can be used to treat problems such as:
- Loss of sexual desire or arousal.
- Concerns about sexual interest or sexual orientation.
- Erectile dysfunction.
- Premature or delayed ejaculation.
- Trouble reaching orgasm.
- Painful intercourse.
- Non-consummation of marriage.
- Intimacy issues related to a disability or a chronic condition.
- Sexual fear, shame or performance anxiety.
- Past sexual trauma and abuse.
Talking about sex and intimacy may initially feel awkward, but I will help to put you at your ease and take away some of your stress. Through sex therapy, you can learn to express your concerns clearly and better understand your own (and your partner's) sexual needs.
What you can expect from therapy...
We will begin with an assessment so that we can identify exactly what issues you are experiencing and what are the factors involved. We can then work towards resolving your concerns and improving your communication and intimacy.
If you are in a relationship, it's helpful - but not essential - to involve your partner.
Over the course of the programme, you will be assigned homework tasks which include communication exercises with your partner (if applicable), focussing on sensation and touch (using mindfulness techniques), education about sexual techniques and changing the way you interact with your partner during sex.
You will also attend regular therapy sessions with me, to support you and enable you to overcome any difficulties you may face whilst working through the programme.
What are the benefits?
Regaining a healthy sex life can help to rebuild your confidence, strengthen your relationship, improve communication with your partner, increase your knowledge about sexual issues and relieve stress.
"The therapy was excellent. I am 73 and had virtually given up on sexual relations with my wife due to confidence issues. Matters are fully resolved and sex life between us is now very good indeed. It was difficult for me to fully open up at first, but Julie put me at my ease and the feelings of embarrassment went away after a few sessions."
What's the cost?
£60.00 per session.
I offer two reduced cost sessions per week, so please feel free to enquire if money is an issue for you.
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT)
Sexual Advice Association
The Effects of Porn on the Brain
Further Support for Porn Addiction
Mens Health Forum
The Vaginismus Network