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Sexual Dysfunction in Psychosexual Therapy

Sexual Dysfunction

Sexual dysfunction is a term that is used to encompass various issues that hinder an individual’s ability to engage in or enjoy sexual activity. In the context of psychosexual therapy, addressing these challenges can significantly improve one’s quality of life.

About sexual dysfunction

The term sexual dysfunction refers to various problems that prevent individuals from experiencing satisfaction during sexual activity. This can manifest in multiple ways, including difficulties with desire, arousal, orgasm, or pain during intercourse. These issues can stem from physical, emotional, or psychological factors.  It can affect anyone, regardless of age or gender.

Psychosexual therapy focuses on identifying and addressing the underlying causes of sexual difficulties. This may involve a combination of therapeutic approaches, education, and sometimes medical consultation.

Key features and benefits

  • Holistic approach: Combining psychological and physical assessments to understand the root causes.
  • Personalised care: Interventions based on individual needs and circumstances.
  • Improved relationships: Enhancing intimacy and communication between partners.
  • Emotional well-being: Reducing anxiety and enhancing self-esteem related to sexual health.
  • Confidential settings: Ensuring privacy and comfort during therapy sessions.
  • Professional support: Access to experienced therapists specialising in psychosexual health.

How it helps

Psychosexual therapy aims to improve sexual function and satisfaction by addressing both psychological and physical aspects of sexual health. This holistic approach can lead to a more fulfilling and enjoyable sexual life.

How it works

Therapists work with individuals or couples to explore the underlying issues contributing to sexual dysfunction. Methods may include cognitive-behavioural therapy, sensate focus exercises, and education about sexual health and relationships.


What is sexual dysfunction?
The term sexual dysfunction refers to a problem that prevents an individual from experiencing satisfaction during sexual activity.
How can psychosexual therapy help with sexual dysfunction?
Psychosexual therapy helps by addressing the psychological and physical factors contributing to sexual dysfunction and providing personalised interventions to improve sexual health.
What types of sexual dysfunction exist?
Common types include issues with sexual desire, arousal, orgasm, and pain during intercourse.
Who can benefit from psychosexual therapy?
Anyone experiencing difficulties with their sexual health, regardless of age or gender, can benefit from psychosexual therapy.


  1. NHS: Sexual Dysfunction in Men
  2. NHS: Vaginismus
  3. Mind: Sexual Problems
  4. BACP: Sexual Problems
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This glossary provides definitions of various counselling terms and approaches for informational purposes only, without implying endorsement or service provision