Psychosexual Therapy or Sex Therapy helps to resolve problems and issues relating to sex. It might be a general loss of interest in sex or an obvious symptom such as premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, vaginismus or difficulty climaxing.
Psychosexual therapy is talking therapy. It doesn’t involve any physical interaction between you and the therapist or taking your clothes off, which is a common misconception.
Regardless of your particular issue, it can sometimes be a difficult topic to talk about, so it’s important to know that with Leone Centre BACP and UKCP registered Counsellors, you are in safe hands.
Who is Psychosexual Therapy for?
Working with a psychosexual therapist involves exploring the various physical, psychological, emotional and environmental causes that are contributing to your sexual issues.
Sexual problems are common, and the best way to deal with them is through talking.
Psychosexual Counselling and Psychotherapy can help with Loss of Sexual Desire, Erectile Dysfunction, Addiction to Pornography, Arousal Disorders, Dyspareunia and Vulvodynia, Vaginismus, Premature Ejaculation, Delayed Ejaculation, Sexual Dysfunctions.
Whether it’s via Individual Counselling, Couples Counselling, or Relationship Counselling, addressing sexual issues is an important part of wellbeing. In instances where the root problem is found to be psychological and emotional, we will work with you to help you understand and work through such issues. The aim is that if you work through the emotional issues, the physical symptoms will also improve.
What to expect
An assessment appointment is booked initially as an opportunity for you to understand how the therapist works and to ask any questions you have. At this appointment, you can also discuss how best to work together going forward and for you and the therapist to understand what your needs and goals are.
You will discuss the therapeutic boundaries and contract, which lays out what you can expect from Leone Centre, your therapist and what we ask of you as a client.
If you choose to continue, further sessions will be booked, either in a block of 6 or on a more ongoing basis according to your needs.
Psychosexual Therapy FAQs
I think I got addicted to porn during lockdown. Can I talk with a therapist?
Yes. A therapist can help to determine whether a person is addicted to porn, explore deeper issues that may have led to the addiction, and begin a journey towards recovery.
I find sex painful, can psychosexual therapy help?
During psychosexual therapy sessions, the therapists will listen to the issues experienced by the client and assess whether the cause is likely to be psychological, physical or a combination of the two.
The sessions work by exploring previous experiences to get better understanding and determine the reason the issue may be occurring. The therapist may also give you exercises and tasks to do with your partner in your own time. Each therapy session is confidential and can be attended as an individual or a couple.
Does psychosexual therapy involve a physical examination?
No. Psychosexual therapy – also referred to as sex therapy – sessions are talking-based therapy designed to help address and overcome sexual problems and do not involve any physical examinations or physical touch. Sexual problems can include low libido, painful sex, sexual identity, physical changes experienced after childbirth or menopause, erectile difficulties, illnesses and past trauma.
How experienced are the psychosexual therapists at Leone Centre?
All the Leone Centre Therapists have experience in their particular fields and are BACP and UKCP, AFT, and COSRT (College of Sexual and relationship therapists) registered.
Just as an example: one of our psychosexual therapists at the Leone Centre – Lynn Buckley – has 37 years of experience within the NHS and an abundance of knowledge when it comes to sex therapy.
Lynn is COSRT accredited & UKCP registered. Lynn has previous experience in nursing, including specialising in particular cancers and education, and many years of experience within psychosexual therapy. Lynn works with individuals and couples going through sexual difficulties, including menopause, gender, sexuality, out-of-control sexual behaviour, trauma recovery and sexual rehabilitation.
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