Sex Therapy & Psychosexual Counselling in London
Whether you have a sexual performance issue, an intimacy issue, a phobia or anxiety, or concerns about a change in your sexual desire or that of your partner, talking with a trained Relationship & Sex Therapist can help.
The sexual inner life is an intensely personal and private area of your identity. You may have trouble admitting to yourself, let alone to anyone else, what you might be thinking or feeling. Talking with a trained and experienced psychosexual therapist, who is there to guide and support with empathy and understanding, and who will not judge, can allow you to open up and understand your sexual issues or frustrations.
What Sexual Difficulties Do People Bring To Psychosexual Counselling?
There can be a very wide range of issues around sex, for example:
- sex becoming routine and ‘always the same’
- loss of desire for sex, which is confusing and upsetting
- going to bed at different times from your partner to avoid sex or any intimacy
- body image issues and sexual confidence issues
- questioning your sexual identity, wanting to explore new things causing divergence from your partner
Specific sex issues men bring:
- erectile dysfunction
- retarded or premature ejaculation
- loss or reduction of sex drive
- sexual aversion, shyness or phobias
- psychosexual issues after a diagnosis of cancer
Among women the main sexual problems are:
- lack of physiological responsiveness (lack of lubrication and/or lack of the expansion of the vaginal canal)
- inability or difficulty to reach a climax
- loss or reduction of the sex drive
- vaginismus (tightening of the muscles surrounding the vagina when sexual intercourse is attempted)
- intense pain in sexual intercourse
Working with a Psychosexual Therapist
Some of the possibly relevant factors which can be explored in Psychosexual Counselling are:
- anxiety about sex
- relationship problems
- unhelpful habits which have developed
- fears of pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases
- depressed mood
- misconceptions, incorrect beliefs and ignorance about sex
- strict moral attitudes
In addition to discussion and exploration during sessions there may be homework to be done in between sessions.
Sexual Obsessions and Addictions
Any practice or habit can become a destructive behaviour when it dominates your life, interferes with relationships and makes you lose interest in careers, hobbies and your health and wellbeing, and despite that, you’re in a daily battle where you feel compelled to continue the behaviour however much you’d like to stop it.
Symptoms of sexual addiction or at any rate overly obsessive behaviour may include:
- compulsive masturbation
- compulsive use of pornography (porn addiction)
- multiple or anonymous sexual partners and/or one-night stands
- regular use of prostitutes
- unsafe sex
- stalking, harassment and anything which is illegal.
Working with a Psychosexual Counsellor
Working with Marcus, Psychosexual Counselling will help you to identify triggers, develop coping strategies, identify new and different pleasurable activities, renegotiate relationships, manage cravings, and deal with any underlying causes such as stress, anger, depression or anxiety.
Sex Therapy & Psychosexual Counselling with Marcus
Take the first step to work through your sexual difficulties, obsessions and addictions and contact Marcus to talk about Psychosexual Counselling.
Some helpful articles and web pages on Sex Therapy & Sexual Difficulties
CORST – College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
Have some helpful advice on their website – Information for the public