Introduction to sex therapy:
Psychiatry and psychology are different from psychotherapy. Sexual problems arise either because of the following reasons:
1) Medical (such as Diabetes, heart conditions, Cancer or Neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis or surgery)
2) Psychological (such as trauma, abuse, depression, anxiety or relationship problems). Medical problems can be resolved by clinical input from experts and other psychological based issues can be addressed by professionally qualified psychosexual (sex) therapists. I use EMDR Therapy for trauma related psychosomatic issues.
Psychosexual or sex therapy can be short term but can be long term as well. Sex therapy covers dysfunction (such as desire, arousal - erectile dysfunction, pain during sex, delayed/rapid ejaculation, inability to allow penetration), rape, incest, abuse, gender issues or confusion regarding sexuality. Some aspects of sex therapy requires medical knowledge and adequate specialised training.
Sex therapy can help with problems such as:
- Pain on intercourse (dyspareunia)
- Phobias resulting from early physical or sexual abuse
- Sexual aversions
- Sex addiction
- Erectile dysfunction
- Premature ejaculation
- Lack of sexual desire
- Penetration difficulties on intercourse
- Infrequent sex
Therapist will normally take a psychosexual history and might set specific tasks and exercises that you complete at home. Intimate questions may be asked during these sessions.
Psychotherapy is long term work, which if identified during early sessions, can be useful in exploring and understanding the past. It includes an individual or a couple exploring negative patterns of behaviour or troublesome thoughts, or positive feelings in an interactive way for the purpose of problem solving or achieving higher levels of functioning. Psychotherapy aims to increase the individual's sense of his/her own well being, development and growth. Issues such as depression, stress, anxiety, grief or loss can lead to problems of intimacy.
Working with Teenagers:
Trained as a teacher, I am able to offer sex education to children over the age of 16 years with parents and with their written consent.
I am also trained to work with young people and sexual health.
Therapy can be useful when teenagers are coming out (identifying their sexuality or gender other than heterosexual or binary) to their parents or family. I use systemic models to facilitate these sessions.
Supporting Clinical Services:
I have extensive experience in the management of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV from a clinical and psychosocial point of view.
I work with a Sexual & Reproductive Health Consultant, based at the Cromwell Hospital, London when clients are required to be seen by a medical professional.
I work closely with Urologists, GPs, Diabetologists, Gynaecologists and other Genital Urinary Medicine (GUM) Consultants to provide holistic care for patients