Psychosexual therapy

What is psychosexual therapy?

The aim of psychosexual sex therapy is to help you improve the physical intimacy between you and your partner and overcome or manage any sexual difficulties you’re having. Psychosexual therapy is designed to help support you to feel more comfortable when having sex. 


Psychosexual Therapy involves the examining the mind to understand the physical and emotional factors that can sometimes cause sexual difficulty. It is brief interpretive therapy using history and examination to explore unconscious thoughts and feelings.

Why do people have psychosexual therapy?

Lots of people have a problem when trying to have sex at some point in their life. Some people can help themselves and resolves their sexual difficulties. For some, sexual problems can cause a lot of unhappiness and distress.

What can Psychosexual therapy he used to treat?

There can be various causes for sexual difficulties and psychosexual therapy can be used to identify them. The various causes for sexual difficulties and origins may be:

  • psychological (depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions)
  • physical (illness, disability/chronic illness, surgery, accident or medications)
  • emotional (unresolved grief, unhappiness in the relationship)
  • situational (certain situations or environments)

Psychosexual therapy can be done to treat a range of common sexual problems. Psychosexual therapy can help with various sexual problems. These include:

  • Loss of libido
  • Painful sex
  • Vaginismus
  • Vulval pain
  • Orgasm problems
  • Erection problems
  • Premature ejaculation or delayed ejaculation
  • Relationship issues as a result of sexual difficulties
  • Tokophobia (fear of child birth)
  • Vulvodynia
  • Persistent unexplained vaginal discharge

What happens in a psychosexual therapy session?

A specialist will listen to you describe your problems and assess whether the cause is likely to be physical, psychological or both.

Each therapy session is confidential and you can decide to see a sex therapist by yourself or with your partner, it may be better for you both of you to attend.

Talking about your experiences will help you get a better understanding of your situation. The therapist may also give you tasks and exercises to do with your partner in your own time.

Sessions usually last for 30 - 50 minutes. You may be advised to have weekly sessions or to see your therapist less frequently, such as once a month.

What can be done to prepare for psychosexual therapy?

You may like to write a list of problems related to your sex life and try and identify what may be causing them, prior to beginning your psychosexual therapy sessions.

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