Issues relating to sex can be difficult to talk about, but they are more common than you may think. Talking through your issues in psychosexual therapy – or simply sex therapy – can help you resolve them.
The origins of sexual difficulties can be due to anxiety, depression or other mental health problems. They can also be caused by emotional difficulties such as unhappiness, unresolved grief, problems in a relationship or due to certain situations or circumstances.
Sometimes sexual difficulties result from illness, accidents, surgery, medications or disability. Whatever the cause (and there could be a combination of factors), talking these issues through with a psychosexual therapist can help you to get back on track.
I think what often stops us seeking help, is that sex is an area that in general we find ourselves getting embarrassed about. We may have received messages such as ‘it’s not macho to talk about such things’, ‘good girls don’t…’, ‘it should come naturally’, etc. We are all individuals, all unique and all deserve a full ,consensual, satisfying sex life whether that be alone or with others.
Sex therapy is available to individuals and couples irrespective of sexual orientation.
It involves talking therapy, psychological and practical techniques to help you move through the difficulties. It may involve some sex education , communication skills and tasks given to undertake at home. At no point will you be asked to remove clothing or engage in any sexual activity in the therapy room.