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Sexual confidence in psychosexual therapy

Sexual confidence

Sexual confidence refers to a person’s comfort and self-assurance regarding their sexual identity, desires, and performance. In psychosexual therapy, building sexual confidence is a key focus to enhance intimate relationships and overall well-being.

Common concerns

Individuals often face challenges related to self-esteem, anxiety, and communication in sexual contexts. Psychosexual therapy aims to address these issues, encouraging a healthier and more satisfying sexual life.

Defining sexual confidence

Sexual confidence encompasses self-acceptance, clear communication with partners, and a positive attitude towards one’s sexual experiences. It involves overcoming barriers like past trauma, societal pressures, or personal insecurities.

Therapy key features and benefits

  1. Enhances intimacy and trust in relationships
  2. Promotes a positive self-image and sexual expression
  3. Reduces anxiety and stress related to sexual performance

How therapy helps

Building sexual confidence can alleviate anxiety, enhance communication between partners, and improve overall relationship satisfaction.

How therapy works

Psychosexual therapy addresses underlying issues affecting sexual confidence through counselling, exercises, and open dialogue. It helps individuals and couples to explore their sexual feelings and overcome any inhibitions.


What is psychosexual therapy?
Psychosexual therapy is a form of therapy that addresses sexual issues by exploring psychological, emotional, and relational factors.
How can I improve my sexual confidence?
Improving sexual confidence involves self-exploration, communication with your partner, and sometimes seeking professional guidance through therapy.


  1. Leusink, P., et al. (2018). The Impact of Sexual Confidence on Relationship Satisfaction. Journal of Sexual Medicine.
  2. McCarthy, B., & Wald, L. M. (2013). Sexual Confidence and Its Relationship to Sexual Health. Journal of Sex & Marital 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