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Sexual desire discrepancy in psychosexual therapy

Sexual desire discrepancy

In relationships, differences in sexual desire are common and can lead to tension and misunderstandings. Psychosexual therapy offers insights and approaches to address these challenges.

Common challenges

Sexual desire discrepancy can manifest as one partner having a higher or lower sex drive than the other, leading to feelings of rejection, frustration, and intimacy issues.

Defining desire discrepancy

Sexual desire discrepancy occurs when there is a mismatch in the level of sexual interest or desire between partners in a relationship. This can create challenges in maintaining a satisfying and harmonious sexual relationship.

Therapy benefits

Psychosexual therapy helps couples understand the root causes of their desire discrepancy. It promotes healthy communication, encourages empathy, and provides tools to balance and enhance sexual intimacy.

Therapeutic approaches

Therapists use various approaches to address sexual desire discrepancy, including cognitive-behavioural practices, sensate focus exercises, and open dialogue sessions. These approaches aim to align partners’ sexual expectations and improve their overall relationship satisfaction.

Common questions

What is sexual desire discrepancy?
Sexual desire discrepancy refers to a situation where partners in a relationship have differing levels of sexual desire, leading to potential conflict and dissatisfaction.
How can psychosexual therapy help?
Psychosexual therapy helps by providing a safe space for couples to discuss their desires and differences, offering approaches to bridge the gap and improve their sexual relationship.
Is sexual desire discrepancy common?
Yes, it is a common issue among couples and can arise due to various factors such as stress, health issues, or emotional disconnection.
What approaches are used in therapy?
Therapists may use cognitive-behavioural practices, Sensate Focus exercises, and open dialogue to help couples manage and resolve sexual desire discrepancies.


  1. NCBI – Understanding and treating sexual desire discrepancy in couples
  2. Psychology Today – Sexual desire discrepancy
  3. Verywell Mind – Sexual desire discrepancy in relationships
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