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What is Sex Therapy (Sex & Intimacy Issues)?

How Sex And Intimacy Therapy Works:  Sex therapy uses talking therapy modalities to address your sexual and intimacy issues. A sex therapist can help you to become more comfortable with your body, address specific issues (such as problems with orgasm, high/low libido, erectile dysfunction or compulsive sexual thoughts/behaviours) and work with you to make your sex life more pleasurable, both alone and with sexual partners.

The fear of intimacy is very real and can also be triggered by a number of issues that might have happened in your past (or are still current in the resent) such as mental and emotional abuse, bullying, negative body image issues, sexual abuse, sexual health, pregnancy loss, attachment issues, anxiety and depression, through to gender identity and gender issues.

You can have sex therapy alone or with a partner/s, and you will likely talk about your sexual knowledge and history, relationships past and present, and your sexual desires and values. Although this can be an intimidating prospect, many people find it freeing and validating to talk about sex in a neutral and judgement-free environment, regardless of whether there is a specific issue at hand.

Sex therapy can also address:

  • erectile dysfunction
  • high/low libido
  • lack of interest
  • premature ejaculation
  • low self-confidence
  • lack of response to sexual stimulus
  • inability to reach orgasm
  • compulsive sexual behaviour
  • distressing sexual thoughts
  • unwanted sexual fetishes

Therapy Modalities That Deal With Sex & Intimacy Issues

What to expect from sex therapy: Intimacy and sex are important elements of healthy romantic relationships. Therapy for sexual and intimacy issues will help you to discover the source of the problem and a therapist will help you gain insight and develop techniques for overcoming your sexual difficulties.

We want you to feel able to discuss any questions or worries with your therapist. This is important in order for you to progress in your therapy.

***If you feel you need some help with getting therapy contact us using the form at the bottom of this page and someone will guide you through the process.***

These are some of the additional therapy issues we deal with that are closely related to sex therapy.

HQ Therapists & Counsellors Working With Sex & Intimacy Issues

Sex therapy is a combination of therapy and teaching you techniques around your behaviour and negative thinking patterns. If you attend therapy sessions as a couple the therapist will encourage you to speak to each other about the sexual side of your relationship.

There is no nudity or touch in a sex therapy session, and your therapist may help you devise ‘homework’ to work on between sessions.

Below is a selection of our current therapists and counsellors who are fully trained to work with clients experiencing sexual and intimacy issues using different types of therapy modalities and a wide range of techniques.

Choosing the right therapist is an important decision for you and it is important that you work with the right practitioner and that both feel comfortable working together.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Seek Therapy For Sex & Intimacy Issues?

Many people, new to this type of help, believe that they need to be suffering from “mental illness” or serious “psychological problems”, or be in crisis in order for therapy and counselling to be appropriate for them. This is a common misconception; anyone can benefit from therapy when it comes to helping you deal with your personal feelings and problems, make positive changes in your life, and understand yourself better.

So what is therapy and counselling? If you’re new to this world then the first steps can sometimes be the most difficult. Therapy can be a very effective treatment for a whole range of personal problems covering areas from physical and emotional problems, different types of behavioural disorders, through to human sexuality issues and a host of wellbeing and complementary therapy techniques.

Any problem you have that is causing you concern, anxiety or distress is a valid and appropriate reason to reach out and find a therapist and talk to them about it. Far from something to be ashamed of, acknowledging your vulnerability and asking for help is a sign of maturity and strength.

If you feel that you have a desire and are committed to making changes in your life in order to overcome your current problems and achieve more long-term satisfaction, psychological wellbeing and personal fulfilment, then you are ready to seek therapy. We are here to help you work through a wide range of therapy issues that might be troubling you.

Will Information About Me Be Safe & Secure?

It is quite normal to be hesitant when it comes to sharing private and intimate information about yourself with a stranger. You may fear that you will receive judgment from your therapist, or that your therapist will share your details with others.

HQ Therapy Rooms takes your privacy and confidentiality very seriously. Our therapists are required to keep everything said in therapy sessions between you, just like your doctor is required to keep your records private.

For therapy to be effective, there must be unconditional trust built between you and your therapist, and this relies on a shared understanding of confidentiality. It applies to the outside world as well: it is standard practice for therapists not to acknowledge their clients if they run into them outside of the therapy rooms in order to help protect their client’s confidentiality. Read our full privacy policy for more information.

Can I Contact You For Advice About Getting Therapy?

Talking about your thoughts and feelings with a supportive therapist can often make you feel better and help you face your problems. It feels good to be listened to and to know that someone cares about you and wants to help. It is important that you find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and can build a trusting relationship to help you make positive changes in your life.

But how do you know what type of therapy is right for you? Taking the first steps in finding the right therapist can be the biggest hurdle for newcomers, so we have made it easy. Simply get in touch with us using the form below or give us a call at 0203 997 9229 and one of our fully qualified referral therapists can work with you to make sure you connect with the right practitioner and receive the correct therapy and counselling services you require.

However, if you feel you are ready to start therapy straight away then click HERE to book an initial therapy assessment with a fully qualified therapist, or if you are struggling financially click HERE to book an initial therapy assessment with one of our Low-Cost therapists.

Our practitioners deal with a wide range of therapy issues using different types of therapy modalities tailored to the types of clients we work with. We also cater for people who are beset with financial difficulties, offering them services ranging from low-cost therapy and reduced-rate therapy to working with seasoned, qualified and accredited talking therapists.