Psychosexual Therapy in York, Manchester & online
What is Psychosexual Therapy?
Did you know that most sexual problems are not physically based? It actually goes much deeper than that, and this is why psychosexual therapy helps to explore the connection between mind and body through a form of talking therapy.
We know it can be difficult to talk about sex and psychosexual problems, and whilst it can be easier to push it to the back of your thoughts, the sooner you open up and address the underlying issues, the better it will be for your peace of mind and resolve any impacts it may be having on your intimate relationships.
Psychosexual therapy can help adults of all ages, for all individuals or couples, irrespective of ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, living arrangements and disability.
How can Psychosexual Therapy help?
People of all ages and stages of life can have difficulties with sex, which can have a knock on other feelings. Eventually, this can strain your relationship with your partner and affect your overall mental wellbeing.
There can be various causes for sexual difficulties such as:
Emotional (unresolved grief, unhappiness in the relationship)
Situational (certain situations or environments)
Psychological (depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions)
Physical (illness, disability/chronic illness, surgery, accident or medications)
Our aim is to help you by examining the causes of your sexual difficulty, and to provide you with the support to feel more comfortable having sex.
What is a Psychosexual Therapy session like?
Both individuals and couples can access psychosexual therapy. If you want therapy alone then please get in touch. We will be able to offer you a 60 minute initial appointment, with one of our friendly, experienced therapists.
We will start by having a “history taking” session with you, followed by a treatment planning session at a later date so you can discuss the outcomes of the previous discussion with your therapist and work on a plan for your treatment. This process completes the assessment stage and your next sessions will focuses on your treatment.
If you are contacting us as a couple, we require a separate referral form from you both. You will then be seen for a joint, 60-minute initial appointment with one of our friendly, experienced therapists. A history-taking session then follows, which is carried out individually and takes 90 minutes for each of you.
Once both history-taking sessions have been completed, your therapist will review the information and invite you to a joint 60-minute session where you discuss the outcomes of the history-taking and plan the therapy with you.
The regular 60-minute sessions that follow will involve the setting of specific exercises to be carried out between sessions, in the privacy of your own home, and feedback time to review how the experiences went. Over time the exercises change, and so too do the levels of intimacy you achieve. A final follow-up session is booked three months after the cessation of the regular sessions.
Confidentiality is agreed upon with each partner within the couple’s relationship, and your therapist will support each partner to be transparent and honest with the other. It is also possible, however, that the therapist will hold certain confidential aspects of an individual’s history that they do not wish to disclose to their partner. You can discuss confidentiality concerns with the therapist during the one-to-one history-taking session.
We understand that seeking therapy can be daunting and that taking the first step can be challenging. We have a team of trained experts who can work with you to design a bespoke and flexible treatment that works best, which is available at our clinics in York, Manchester and online.
If you are unsure whether you need therapy within our general adult’s service or our Neurodiversity service, please get in touch using the form below. We would be delighted to discuss your situation and needs with you.