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Overcoming sexual shame in psychosexual therapy

Overcoming sexual shame

Sexual shame is a deeply rooted feeling that can significantly impact one’s sexual health and relationships. Sexual shame often originates from societal, cultural, or familial beliefs that cast a negative light on sexual expression.

Common challenges

Sexual shame can manifest in various ways, including feelings of inadequacy, guilt, or embarrassment about one’s sexual desires or experiences. These feelings can hinder intimate relationships and overall well-being.

Therapeutic insights

Psychosexual therapy offers a supportive environment where individuals can explore and address the roots of their sexual shame. Key aspects include:

  1. Identifying and understanding the origins of shame.
  2. Discussing sexual experiences in a non-judgmental setting.
  3. Developing a healthier relationship with one’s sexuality.

Therapy benefits

Engaging in psychosexual therapy can help individuals:

  1. Gain insight into their sexual feelings and behaviours.
  2. Build self-acceptance and confidence in their sexuality.
  3. Enhance intimacy and communication in relationships.

Therapy process

Therapists work collaboratively with clients to:

  1. Create a safe space for open discussions.
  2. Address and reframe negative beliefs about sexuality.
  3. Develop practical tools to manage and reduce feelings of shame.


What is psychosexual therapy?
Psychosexual therapy is a specialised form of therapy that addresses sexual issues and concerns through psychological and emotional exploration.
How can psychosexual therapy help with sexual shame?
It provides a safe and non-judgmental environment to explore and address the root causes of sexual shame, helping individuals develop a healthier relationship with their sexuality.
What should I expect in a psychosexual therapy session?
Sessions typically involve open discussions about sexual feelings and experiences, guided by an experienced therapist, to uncover and address sources of shame.


  1. Leone Centre – Psychosexual Therapy
  2. Mind – Sexuality and Mental Health
  3. Psychology Today – Sex Therapy
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This glossary provides definitions of various counselling terms and approaches for informational purposes only, without implying endorsement or service provision