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How we work with sexual problems

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Psychosexual therapy, also known as sex therapy, is a talking therapy aimed at helping couples and individuals understand and resolve specific sexual difficulties and improve sexual intimacy in their relationships.

How we work with sexual problems

At Tavistock Relationships, we offer a more profound psychological approach to sex therapy. Rather than simply looking at the physical symptoms, we focus on your relationship with your sexual partner. We explore how you see sex and what it means to you and your partner, as well as focus on your past and how it might affect your sexual self now so we can work towards increasing your sense of sexual satisfaction rather than just fixing what is seen as the initial problem.

Whether you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, straight or transgender, if you are experiencing sexual problems or having some difficulties in your sexual relationship, our psychosexual therapists can help you resolve them.

What are the most common sexual problems?

Sexual problems may be longstanding or related to more recent events which have caused stress, confusion, or unhappiness.

Some of the common sexual problems we address are: 

  • a breakdown in a sexual relationship
  • loss of sexual desire
  • painful intercourse
  • difficulties with orgasm
  • arousal disorders
  • erectile dysfunction
  • premature or delayed ejaculation
  • sexual identity.

We also address difficulties in how couples talk about their sexual concerns, such as incompatible sexual preferences, physical changes after childbirth, menopause, illness or old age, and a history of sexual trauma.

Why is it so important to seek help?

As you are probably aware, sexual difficulties can be a source of anxiety and can have a negative effect on how you relate to your partner emotionally. If sexual issues are left untreated, they can become an emotive topic, where you might avoid the subject of sex, which can lead to more complex arguments where you or your partner might feel blamed or shamed, which can ultimately undermine any closeness you have had in your relationship.

How does psychosexual therapy work?

It starts with an initial consultation with a psychosexual therapist. We can see you in London at our City Wellbeing Centre near Liverpool Street Station or online. You may decide to come with a partner or on your own.

We will then be able to see how we can resolve your sexual concerns and discuss ongoing sessions to assess the type of appropriate treatment plan for your specific sexual problem and to improve and increase your sexual satisfaction and joy in your intimate sexual relationship.

What does it cost?

Our qualified therapists charge between £100 per hour to £180 per hour, depending on their experience.

You can also access lower-cost therapy from therapists who are undertaking advanced training as part of their post-graduate professional development.

Our trainees are supervised by highly experienced TR therapists, which offers an opportunity to access high quality therapy at a reduced cost.

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