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Relationship issues in psychosexual therapy

Relationship issues

Addressing relationship issues in psychosexual therapy involves exploration into the complexities and intricacies of how sexual dynamics can impact a couple’s emotional and physical connection. Relationship issues in psychosexual therapy refer to the problems and conflicts that arise in a couple’s sexual relationship, which can affect their overall emotional and physical bond.

Common challenges

Relationship issues commonly addressed in psychosexual therapy include:

  1. Communication barriers related to sexual desires and preferences
  2. Emotional disconnect affecting intimacy
  3. Mismatched sexual drives and expectations
  4. Impact of past trauma on current relationships

Therapeutic approach

Relationship issues in psychosexual therapy are multifaceted and require a careful approach. Key features include:

  1. Enhanced communication: Tools to improve dialogue about sexual needs and boundaries
  2. Emotional reconnection: Methods to rebuild trust and intimacy
  3. Addressing discrepancies: Pathways to harmonise differing sexual drives
  4. Healing past wounds: Approaches to manage and overcome the impact of past sexual trauma

Common therapeutic approaches include:

  1. Cognitive-behavioural practices
  2. Emotionally focused therapy
  3. Trauma-informed therapy

Therapeutic benefits

Understanding and addressing these issues can lead to:

  1. Improved communication and understanding
  2. Stronger emotional and physical intimacy
  3. Better management of sexual expectations and desires


What are relationship issues in psychosexual therapy?
They refer to conflicts and challenges in a couple’s sexual relationship that affect their emotional and physical bond.
How can psychosexual therapy help with these issues?
It provides a safe space to explore and address sexual dynamics, improve communication, and heal emotional wounds.
What approaches are used in psychosexual therapy?
Various approaches, including cognitive-behavioural methods, emotionally focused therapy, and trauma-informed approaches, are used to address relationship issues.


For more information on relationship issues in psychosexual therapy, please refer to the following sources:

  1. UK Council for Psychotherapy
  2. British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
  3. Leone Centre: Psychosexual Therapy
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